A Christmas Crossing

Luke 2:1-20 Robert W. Bertram [Printed in Currents in Theology and Mission 6, No. 6 (December, 1979): 344-351. Reprinted with permission.] Isn’t it so: Christmas would hardly be Christmas without some word from us about the Lucan Nativity Story? Correction: Christmas would hardly be Christmas without some word from the Nativity Story about us. The Story is not …

A Trans-Pluralism Trend: Might It Become Confessional?

Robert W. Bertram [Address at the Conference for Professional Church Workers, East Coast Synod, AELC, at Garrison, New York, October 15, 1979.]   Conference Theme: “Confessional Ministry in a Pluralistic World” Part One. A Common Denominator Among Denominations Thesis One. The theme of this conference, “Confessional Ministry in a Pluralistic World,” invites a question: in spite of the …

OUR THEOLOGICAL SHAPE FIVE YEARS LATER OR A NEW MOVEMENT AND A WORD FOR IT

[Address, June 28, 1979] Part One. A New Movement…. 1. “Our” confessional movement is now, five years later, phasing out. 2. That declining confessional movement, however, may just be reappearing as part of a larger Christian movement whose emphasis is local, anti-bureaucratic, and ecumenical. 3. This anti-bureaucratic, grass-roots ecumenism seems to be attracting in their localities not only …

WHAT LUTHERANS CONFESS

A Theological Course of Study In Five Session Based Upon the Five Parts Of Luther’s Large Catechism By Robert W. Bertram Lay School of Theology Piedmont Circuit, Southeastern District, LC-MS, 1979   The Readings 1. The Large Catechism, in Tappert, Theodore G. (translator and editor), The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Philadelphia:  Fortress …

Assesses Movement’s Future Role

Robert W. Bertram [Printed in “Viewpoint,” Missouri in Perspective (October 23, 1978).] ABSTRACT The LCMS moderate movement, not dispirited but dispersed, faces the ongoing challenges of continuing to rely on the Gospel’s efficiency alone in contrast to relying on the power of church bureaucracy. It also faces the ever-new challenges of being yoked with Christ for local, ecumenical …

Assesses Movement’s Future Role

[Printed in “Viewpoint,” Missouri in Perspective (October 23, 1978).]   The “moderate” confessional movement in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is not so much “disspirited” as “dispersed.” This is one central theme from an address to the 1978 Assembly of Evangelical Lutherans in Mission by the Rev. Dr. Robert Bertram, Oct 13. The Christ Seminary professor suggested that the …

WHERE IS THE CONFESSIONAL MOVEMENT MOVING?

Robert W. Bertram [Address to the ELIM Assembly; 13 October 1978]   Answer. “The confessional movement” in the above question refers to that movement which recently emerged within the Missouri Synod, and against it, but which meanwhile has scattered beyond the Synod (though significant remnants still remain there) and by now has largely lost its confessional target, momentum …

Transfer of Church Authority to Church Administration?

Robert W. Bertram July 10, 1978 (The 12th International Ecumenical Seminary held July 3-13, 1978 in Strasbourg France.)   Résumé Introduction: The growing objection to ecclesiastical bureaucracy is, at least implicitly, a confessional objection: as church authority is exercised more and more by church administrators, that authority (so the objection goes) becomes not only more hierarchical but what …

Using the Doctrine of Original Sin in Pastoral Care; Some Theses for Discussion

Edward H. Schroeder [Presentation at University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis, MN, CPE program with Ken Siess, 19 June – 28 July 1978] 1. Original sin is the name given in the Christian tradition for the fundamental human malady that needs to be cured. Salvation is the solution to the problem of sin. 2. Within the parameters of covenant …