Still Needed: A Confessional Movement

Robert W. Bertram [Printed in “Viewpoint,” Missouri in Perspective (August 2, 1976), 4.]   Will our new AELC be just another, separate denomination? Notice, it makes no provision for ALC and LCA Lutherans as members, let alone as leaders. Why not? The usual excuse is, They don’t need a new denomination, so why should we meddle? Granted, if …

‘A Statement’ A Mis-Statement

 Edward H. Schroeder and Stephen Hitchcock [A Discussion Paper from Evangelical Lutherans in Mission. 1976]   Synodical president. Dr. Jacob Preus, seldom mentions any longer the doctrinal issues in the controversy rocking the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Yet his “A Statement of Scriptural and Confessional Principles” — first offered in March 1972 – continues to add fuel to the …

Where on Earth are the Heavenly Places?

Edward H. Schroeder [Printed in Interaction Vo. 17:2; February 1976, p 3 & 30.] “But God … raised us up with Him, and made us sit with Him in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 2:4-6 The answer to the question in the title is “yes”—the heavenly places are on earth. Ephesians, the only place in the Bible where we …

……”Now About the Risks Involved….”

Edward H. Schroeder [Printed in Interaction Vol 16:3 (March 1975).]   “Wow!” That’s what we said last summer when we saw that Frenchman on the tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York. No parachute, no net, just 1,000 feet of nothing between him and the ground. That was really risky! I get …

Current Implications of the “We Condemn” Statements in the Lutheran Confessions

Edward H. Schroeder [Printed in Currents in Theology and Mission. Vol. 2:1 (Feb. 1975). Reprinted with permission.]   Currents asked Dr. Schroeder to prepare a series of theses and supporting paragraphs on the “We Condemn” passages in the Lutheran Confessions, with the understanding that Dr. Armin Moellering would prepare a reply or rejoinder. It should be emphasized that …

Six Steps–Give or Take One

Robert W. Bertram [January 1, 1975] Problem: a courageous congregation calls a Seminex graduate to be its pastor but, when threatened with expulsion from the Synod, hesitates to ordain him; what is worse, in the process the congregation is frightened off by manmade bylaws and so is kept from speaking out on the real issues in the Synod. …

HOW TO BE TECHNOLOGICAL THOUGH THEOLOGICAL: AN ANSWER FOR “FABRICATED MAN” 1

(In three parts: Intimidations, Incriminations, Salvations) [Address at and published in the proceedings of the Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology: Fabricated Man II: in vitro fertilization, 1-30. St. Louis: ITEST, 1975. Reprinted with permission from ITEST] Part One. Intimidations 1. Basil’s Complaint “Technologousin ou theologousin hoi anthroopoi,” lamented Bishop Basil of Caesarea.2 His people, alas, …

THE HERMENEUTICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF APOLOGY IV

THE PROMISING TRADITION A Reader in LAW-GOSPEL RECONSTRUCTIONIST THEOLOGY Second Edition Concordia Seminary, now in Exile St. Louis, Missouri Advent, A. D. 1974     (From A PROJECT IN BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS (CTCR Publication, 1969 ) ROBERT W. BERTRAM   (The projected study on this subject will run to five or six chapters, more than half of which are …

Ordained Into Whose Ministry?

By Robert W. Bertram [A statement shared with the 1974 Seminex graduates in September 1974 at a regional meeting]   The Christian people in a given locality who call and ordain a pastor for their congregation have the right to do that not because they belong to the Missouri Synod but because they belong to Christ and because, …

Confessional Allegiance and Historical Method: Conflicting Accountabilities?

Robert W. Bertram [An essay presented to the Conference of Lutheran Professors of Theology, Chicago, Illinois, August 29, 1974] 1. Confessional allegiance and historical method could not begin to conflict, as they do, if they did not already have so much in common: namely, a common preoccupation with the historical. Indeed, confessional allegiance—that is, Christian faith—not only focuses …