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Frederick W. Schmidt

Why has there been much news coverage of the Manchester bombing, and yet little about the massacre of Coptic Christians in Egypt? asks the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

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We ignore our capacity for evil at our peril, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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In the coming denominational action on United Methodist unity, the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt sees "a lengthy, torturous future for our Methodist siblings," but even more "the slow, torturous death of the Protestant Reformation." more

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Have we created a society where suicide is an acceptable option? asks the Rev. Dr. Frederick W Schmidt. more

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The Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt has some pointed suggestions for how to counteract the decline in clergy credibility. more

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Stephen Hawking's life, atheism, and death give Christians an opportunity yet again to ponder the mysteries and dilemmas of suffering and faith. more

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Fundamentalist Christians and Progressive Christians ought to remember that to the rest of the world, they're just two old dinosaurs fighting a battle no one cares about, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

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Removing the spiritual challenges of Ash Wednesday negates its nature and purpose, which is to remind us of our own morality and sinfulness, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

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Today's ministry needs and challenges are vastly different from the time of Jesus and his disciples, and they require different education, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

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Seminary represents the best opportunity for future pastors to grapple with how to talk about God and the inevitable tragedies of human life, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

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For the Church, the discussion around sexual harassment is even more complex, because the church has abandoned its historic theology of human sin in favor of political language, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt more

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As we continue to delve into the Las Vegas massacre, let's not blind ourselves to the brutal reality of the human condition: until God redeems the world, evil will work its wickedness, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

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As a Christian "first, last and always," the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt finds the furor over NFL protests during the national anthem leads to a series of questions about the intent and efficacy of such actions. more

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We need a lot less posturing over fundamentalist-modernist debates and a lot more genuine "God-given weirdness" of our Christian faith, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

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Suffering

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Whether clergy or laity, Christians who engage in ministries of caring will find they need a solid spiritual grounding in order to "suffer with" those they help, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

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People who argue that natural disasters have someone’s name written on them – which is, by the way, never their own – need a good, quick metaphorical kick, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

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Fuzzy Church

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The question to ask isn't "what can the church do for me?" but instead looks more to what God wants us to do, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

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White Supremacist

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Amid Christians' anguish over the Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville, Va., the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt counsels Christians to take eight immediate actions to witness against racism. more

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Making Connections

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The Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt proposes we look at generations not with pejorative labels, but with appreciation for the gifts each brings to leadership. more

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In the midst of our troubled, divided times, the Church has a unique calling – to be the Church distinct from the world around it, with a bold, risky message of action and reconciliation, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

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These patterns are corrosive to both the pastors and the churches they lead, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

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Why has there been much news coverage of the Manchester bombing, and yet little about the massacre of Coptic Christians in Egypt? asks the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more

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