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Frederick Schmidt May 04, 2016
There are times when, as theological educators, we have the rare privilege of not only contributing to a discipline, but we also get a front row seat to historic change.The practice of spiritual direc...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Apr 19, 2016
A number of years ago, I invited a New Testament scholar to speak at the Cathedral in Washington. I picked him up at Reagan – National – Airport - in Washington – by God – DC. We drove up the tidal ba...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Apr 12, 2016
Some weeks ago, I polled my Facebook friends, asking this question “What gifts, skills, values, or knowledge do you value in a priest, pastor, or minister that a seminary can help your clergy acquire?...
Frederick Schmidt Mar 28, 2016
For much of the late 20th Century and all of the early 21st Century, an increasing number of people have described themselves as “spiritual, but not religious.”Even if that trend left the church at so...
Frederick Schmidt Mar 24, 2016
The journey into God that transforms us and leads us into deeper connection with God lies at the heart of spiritual formation. Formation creates a space for that encounter to occur, and it nurtures th...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Mar 08, 2016
At my brother’s funeral just over three years ago, the pastor officiating at the service brought us together in the church’s library and laid down the law. “There isn’t going to be any grieving today....
Frederick Schmidt Feb 25, 2016
As Donald Trump steamrolls through the primary season, the question many are asking is, “How could this possibly happen?”The man’s life is a bundle of contradictions. His speeches, while mercifully br...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Feb 10, 2016
Meetings.  They are the mainstay of the modern workplace, both in and outside of the church.But how much do they accomplish and are they worth the opportunity cost in time and talent?After all, our pl...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Jan 27, 2016
The election of a new President comes into sharper focus next week with the primaries.We’ve been polled, encouraged, recruited, and berated.   We have been told that we are better than we are and we’v...
Frederick Schmidt Jan 25, 2016
Over the last three years, my dear friend and colleague, Dr. Mark Fowler has invited me to speak to his leadership class about the spiritual challenges that a leader in the church faces.It is generous...
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