Law-Gospel Reductionism in the History of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Edward H. Schroeder [Printed in Concordia Theological Monthly 43. April, 1972. Reprinted with permission.]   This essay proposes to trace a segment of the history of hermeneutics in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod insofar as the distinction between Law and Gospel plays a role in that history. The study is important because in recent years one school of thought …

The Orders of Creation—Some Reflections on the History and Place of the Term in Systematic Theology

EDWARD H. SCHROEDER [Printed in Concordia Theological Monthly, #43, March, 1972, p 165-178. Reprinted with permission.] The author is professor of systematic and historical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In this article, he argues that the concept associated with the term “orders of creation” in current Missouri Synod discussions of the ordination of women is not Lutheran …

Pardon My Dying

A Sequel To Ash Wednesday   Today’s first lesson recalls yesterday’s Imposition of the Ashes, Genesis 3:19: “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The second lesson is I Corinthians 15:49: “Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” ‘A …

THE GOSPEL AS GOOD NEWS IN TODAY’S WORLD

[Address, 1972] The theme once more: “The Gospel as Good News in Today’s World.” That theme prompts four quick questions: World? In? New? Good? (If you have a craving for acronyms, as I do, then think of the four-letter word “wing”, W-I-N-G: W is for “world,” I is for “in,” N is for “new,” G is for “good.”) …

How Free are the American Churches? A Clue from Martin Luther King

Robert W. Bertram [Printed in Sonderdruck aus BEGEGNUNG. Beitrage zu einer Hermeneutik des theologischen Gesprachs. Herausgegeben von Max Seckler, Otto H, Pensch, Johannes Brosseder, Wolfhart Pannenberg. Gratz: Verlag Styria, 1972.]   In Germany recently a conference of students, including an impressive representation of Marxist-Leninists from The New Left, confronted the American guest speaker with the question: How free …

A Theologian’s Perspective on Economic Activities in the Christian World Mission

Robert W. Bertram [Address, St. Louis, Missouri, September, 1971] ABSTRACT Not just asking can individual Christians operate in their private economic roles as Christians but can the Christian community itself engage in economic activities in the Christian world mission, might that community support itself by profit-making activities without compromising itself for that very mission? To raise such a …

SUB IUDICIO NOSTRO

Robert W. Bertram [Address, Fourth World Congress of Luther Research, St. Louis, Missouri, August 26, 1971.]   If these International Congresses for Luther Research continue to be held every five years, then the next one would occur in 1976, the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Karl Holl. Who of this century’s Lutherforscher deserves commemorating more than he? …

One Covenant or Two? An Interview with Dr. Edward Schroeder and Dr. Theodore Ludwig

[Printed in The Lighter, Student Journal of Valparaiso University, Indiana, May 1971.]   The Lighter asked Pat Keifert to interview Dr. Theodore Ludwig and Dr. Edward Schroeder about their understanding of Delbert Hillers’ Covenant: The History of a Biblical Idea (John Hopkins Press, 1969). The hope was that in bringing together a specialist in Old Testament and one …

An Argument for Academic Theology at VU

 Edward H. Schroeder [Printed in THE TORCH, Vol. 63:20. Jan. 29, 1971 Valparaiso, IN] ABSTRACT A consensus community stands behind the required study of academic theology at Valparaiso University consisting finally of the holy Christian church and what that community considers important as skills and knowledge for human life. As these skills and knowledge do not emerge naturally …

DOING THEOLOGY IN RELATION TO MISSION

Robert W. Bertram [Address, 1971. Later expanded and published in “How a Lutheran Does Theology,” in Lutheran-Episcopal Dialogue: Report and Recommendations, 73-87, 1981] I. 1. Theology, says the assignment, must relate to “mission.” But aren’t the two, theology and mission, too far apart for that? Isn’t theology here, here at the seminary? And isn’t mission out there, out …