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Frederick Schmidt May 18, 2015
Behind closed doors clergy often ruefully observe that they would rather officiate at a funeral than preside at a wedding.That sounds harsh, but I’m convinced that it’s because most of us watch in fru...
Frederick Schmidt May 12, 2015
“Church Pew with Worshippers” | Vincent van Gogh | 1882 1. YOU are a source of encouragement to us. All too often the people in our pews imagine that clergy are islands of devotion – except, of course...
Frederick Schmidt May 10, 2015
As the semester ends, perhaps this is as good a time as any to reflect -- looking back and looking forward -- to the benefits of both education and travel.  Although they are hardly the same, both sho...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt May 01, 2015
We’ll be getting the names of the people nominated for Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in a few hours and people have already named the demands of the task.But I have a sinking feeling that –...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Apr 29, 2015
We sit there Sunday after Sunday.We do our own faith-work, coming to conclusions about what matters and doesn’t, about what we believe and about what we don’t believe.Help us to understand you and hel...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Apr 26, 2015
Spin is not a good thing for your organization and it has no place in any approach to leadership that takes the spiritual dimension of that task seriously.It may make you comfortable.  It may buy you ...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Apr 07, 2015
According to Rebekah Ann Eklund a “lament is a persistent cry for salvation to the God who promises to save, a prayer that in a situation of suffering or sin,” is lifted “in the confident hope that th...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Apr 03, 2015
In his book, Divine Teaching, Mark MacInosh outlines the analogies or metaphors that the church has used to try to explain what happens from Good Friday through Easter Sunday.The medical metaphor for ...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Mar 24, 2015
Tracking the misadventures of college basketball, Dennis Burman raises uncomfortable truths -- not just about our attitudes toward sports, but our attitudes toward politics.We do not operate on princi...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Mar 20, 2015
The phrase, “think globally, act locally” is attributed to Patrick Geddes, a Scottish philanthropist, town planner, biologist, and sociologist. The idea, though not the exact phrase, appears in his bo...
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