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Frederick Schmidt Aug 26, 2015
For many of us it can be hard to believe that the Holy Spirit speaks in a way that is real or helpful.That struggle can be traced to a number of factors: We live in a culture that doesn’t expect God t...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Aug 04, 2015
Religious leaders cannot control what everyone in their circle chooses to do.  That kind of control has never been possible and the challenge is even greater today.The hallmark of contemporary life is...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Jul 14, 2015
 "What did you say?" With spring cleaning behind us, it's time to reexamine the language we use and the real meaning of some of the expressions that have found their way into our vocabulary.  Here are...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Jul 06, 2015
I'm an Episcopal priest and my wife is a "parish" priest, which means that her "day job" -- if there were such a thing in a church (not) -- is shaped by the rhythm and demand of caring for the spiritu...
Frederick Schmidt Jun 15, 2015
According to experts great and small, we’ve lost our ability to disagree.  Rather than discuss our differences and stay in conversation with one another, we go on the attack.  We belittle, judge, and ...
Frederick Schmidt Jun 08, 2015
The recent Pew study on the grown of “Nones” and the “Spiritual But Not Religious” has roiled the church.  But we really shouldn’t be surprised.  We’ve known for a long time now that the apparent “chu...
What God Wants for Your Life
Frederick Schmidt Jun 01, 2015
What do you do with doubt?The answers to that question are as varied as the history of doubt itself.Some people celebrate the contribution that doubt makes and consider it the hallmark of intellectual...
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...
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