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Frederick W. Schmidt

Bible beads

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Approaching Thursday of Holy Week as a time of mysteries inviting us into faith brings the realization that God is with us in all things, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Apr 13, 2017 12:55 PM Practicing Faith

Lent gets a bad rap as a time of restrictions and denial, but the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt sees Lent more as a time of spiritual journey into a closer relationship with God. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:53 PM Practicing Faith

David Harbour

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It is right to stand up what we believe, especially when it defends vulnerable people, but beware the temptation to use immoral behavior to achieve a moral good, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Feb 3, 2017 11:14 AM Perspectives

Ignatius of Loyola

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If you really want to change your life in 2017, the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt recommends using two questions from a Jesuit prayer known as the Examen. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:27 PM Practicing Faith

Future signs

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It's not about predicting events, but about gaining the skills to respond flexibly to our complex environment, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, who poses four questions to ask for discernment. more

Jan 3, 2017 2:23 PM Perspectives

Catholic Tabernacle

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Building a "bigger box" for Jesus in your life will involve risks that will challenge your comfort zone, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Dec 20, 2016 2:19 PM Practicing Faith

The writer of Genesis offers a “confession of faith” in God, not a history of creation, and seeing the Bible's first book from that perspective opens a range of more fruitful conversations, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Dec 1, 2016 2:55 PM Practicing Faith

Debaters

Illustration by Philip Martin

This election hasn't been solely about presidential candidates, but about the polarized nature of American society, and what needs to happen to heal it, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Nov 8, 2016 3:35 PM Perspectives

Weeping Angel

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Believing in Jesus Christ doesn't insulate us from life's losses, but the Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt has some spiritual counsel for how to deal with loss and its memories. more

Oct 26, 2016 4:32 PM Practicing Faith

White Helmets

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Suffering is a constant in life, but Christians have ways to respond that confront and transcend the pain, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Sep 15, 2016 3:29 PM Practicing Faith

Empty Church

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Spiritual formation in the American Protestant Church has declined because of five major factors, and recent efforts to revive are struggling against cultural trends, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Sep 8, 2016 4:54 PM Practicing Faith

Mark Burns

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The benediction given by Mark Burns at the Republican National Convention offers a disturbing example of when politics subvert our faith, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Jul 21, 2016 1:53 PM Perspectives

Social Change

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After a month marked by death, loss, cries for social justice, and outrage at the death of both citizens and law enforcement officers, the Rev. Frederick W. Schmidt wonders how the gospel message of personal AND social holiness got divided. more

Jul 21, 2016 1:53 PM Practicing Faith

Derision

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The language of derision stems from a profound spiritual malaise, fed by pride and by a narrowed sense of responsibility for those around us, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Jul 6, 2016 10:12 AM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

Christians must be careful about whose values they're promoting when they get involved in public politics, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Jun 23, 2016 2:59 PM Perspectives

Rising interest in the ministry of spiritual direction holds out hope for positive changes in the declining institutional church, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

May 5, 2016 12:24 PM Practicing Faith

Being "spiritual but not religious" isn't the same thing as being formed in ways that lead to union with God, writes Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Apr 6, 2016 2:34 PM Practicing Faith

Spiritual formation is not a one-and-off event, but a lifelong journey of faith in which four streams interact to transform us, writes Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Mar 31, 2016 3:19 PM Practicing Faith

Grieving over death isn't merely appropriate, it's necessary, because it keeps us in touch with the fact that God, too, knows the heartache of losing a loved one, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Mar 10, 2016 4:36 PM Practicing Faith

Surviving the rigors of church leadership with one's faith intact requires intentional tending of our spiritual assumptions about ourselves and the church environment, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Jan 25, 2016 1:15 PM Practicing Faith

Bible beads

Photo Courtesy of Frederick W. Schmidt

Approaching Thursday of Holy Week as a time of mysteries inviting us into faith brings the realization that God is with us in all things, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Apr 13, 2017 12:55 PM Practicing Faith

Lent gets a bad rap as a time of restrictions and denial, but the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt sees Lent more as a time of spiritual journey into a closer relationship with God. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:53 PM Practicing Faith

David Harbour

UM Insight Screencap

It is right to stand up what we believe, especially when it defends vulnerable people, but beware the temptation to use immoral behavior to achieve a moral good, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Feb 3, 2017 11:14 AM Perspectives

Ignatius of Loyola

Kolbe Foundation Art

If you really want to change your life in 2017, the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt recommends using two questions from a Jesuit prayer known as the Examen. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:27 PM Practicing Faith

Future signs

GraphicStock Photo

It's not about predicting events, but about gaining the skills to respond flexibly to our complex environment, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, who poses four questions to ask for discernment. more

Jan 3, 2017 2:23 PM Perspectives

Catholic Tabernacle

Photo Courtesy of Frederick W. Schmidt

Building a "bigger box" for Jesus in your life will involve risks that will challenge your comfort zone, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Dec 20, 2016 2:19 PM Practicing Faith

The writer of Genesis offers a “confession of faith” in God, not a history of creation, and seeing the Bible's first book from that perspective opens a range of more fruitful conversations, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Dec 1, 2016 2:55 PM Practicing Faith

Debaters

Illustration by Philip Martin

This election hasn't been solely about presidential candidates, but about the polarized nature of American society, and what needs to happen to heal it, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Nov 8, 2016 3:35 PM Perspectives

Weeping Angel

Photo Courtesy of Frederick W. Schmidt

Believing in Jesus Christ doesn't insulate us from life's losses, but the Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt has some spiritual counsel for how to deal with loss and its memories. more

Oct 26, 2016 4:32 PM Practicing Faith

White Helmets

Photo Courtesy of Frederick W. Schmidt

Suffering is a constant in life, but Christians have ways to respond that confront and transcend the pain, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Sep 15, 2016 3:29 PM Practicing Faith

Empty Church

Photo Courtesy of Theology in Worship

Spiritual formation in the American Protestant Church has declined because of five major factors, and recent efforts to revive are struggling against cultural trends, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Sep 8, 2016 4:54 PM Practicing Faith

Mark Burns

Photo Courtesy of Frederick W. Schmidt

The benediction given by Mark Burns at the Republican National Convention offers a disturbing example of when politics subvert our faith, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Jul 21, 2016 1:53 PM Perspectives

Social Change

Photo Courtesy of Frederick W. Schmidt

After a month marked by death, loss, cries for social justice, and outrage at the death of both citizens and law enforcement officers, the Rev. Frederick W. Schmidt wonders how the gospel message of personal AND social holiness got divided. more

Jul 21, 2016 1:53 PM Practicing Faith

Derision

Image by chrisnoll Courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

The language of derision stems from a profound spiritual malaise, fed by pride and by a narrowed sense of responsibility for those around us, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Jul 6, 2016 10:12 AM Practicing Faith 1 Comments

Christians must be careful about whose values they're promoting when they get involved in public politics, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Jun 23, 2016 2:59 PM Perspectives

Rising interest in the ministry of spiritual direction holds out hope for positive changes in the declining institutional church, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

May 5, 2016 12:24 PM Practicing Faith

Being "spiritual but not religious" isn't the same thing as being formed in ways that lead to union with God, writes Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Apr 6, 2016 2:34 PM Practicing Faith

Spiritual formation is not a one-and-off event, but a lifelong journey of faith in which four streams interact to transform us, writes Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Mar 31, 2016 3:19 PM Practicing Faith

Grieving over death isn't merely appropriate, it's necessary, because it keeps us in touch with the fact that God, too, knows the heartache of losing a loved one, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Mar 10, 2016 4:36 PM Practicing Faith

Surviving the rigors of church leadership with one's faith intact requires intentional tending of our spiritual assumptions about ourselves and the church environment, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

Jan 25, 2016 1:15 PM Practicing Faith