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Frederick Schmidt
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The Reverend Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, Jr. holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, and directs the Job Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is an Episcopal Priest, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, conference leader, writer, and Consulting Editor at Church Publishing in New York. He is the author of numerous published articles and reviews, including forty-four entries in Doubleday’s Anchor Bible Dictionary, as well as articles in Feminist Theology and The Scottish Journal of Theology. He is author of A Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination and the Church (Syracuse University Press, 1998), The Changing Face of God (Morehouse, 2000), When Suffering Persists (Morehouse, 2001), in Italian translation: Sofferenza, All ricerca di una riposta (Torino: Claudiana, 2004), What God Wants for Your Life (Harper, 2005), Conversations with Scripture: Revelation (Morehouse, 2005), and Conversations with Scripture: Luke (Morehouse, 2009). His most recent publication is The Dave Test: A Raw Look at Real Life in Hard Times (Abingdon Press, 2013). He is also the series editor for the new Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars Study Series.

From 2000-2012, he worked as Director of Spiritual Life and Formation and Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality at Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. As one of Perkins’ senior administrators, Dr. Schmidt was responsible for programs in formation, serving over 500 students. He developed the School's program in Spiritual Direction, which has thus far served over 150 students from across the country; the program in Anglican and Episcopal studies; and the spiritual formation track in the Doctor of Ministry program. Prior to his arrival at SMU, he served as Canon Educator, Director of Programs in Spirituality and Religious Education, and Acting Program Area Manager at Washington National Cathedral. In this capacity Dr. Schmidt was responsible for the development of a program of religious education and spirituality that annually provided resources for broad-based audiences of over 5000 adults. He also designed and produced workshops and seminars for ecumenical and interfaith constituencies; hosted foreign dignitaries from the Middle East and the former Soviet Union on behalf of the Meridian Institute; and developed the programmatic work and daily operations of the Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage. Before going to the Cathedral, Dr. Schmidt served as special assistant to the President and Provost of La Salle University in Philadelphia and as a Fellow of the American Council on Education. From 1994 to 1995, he resided in Jerusalem, where he was Dean of St. George’s College and Residentiary Canon of the Cathedral Church of St. George the Martyr. He has also served in numerous parishes, including St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, All Saints Episcopal Church in Hershey, Pennsylvania and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas.

His work in higher education includes service as associate professor of New Testament Studies, as a lecturer in New Testament studies at Oxford University, and as a tutor at Keble College, Oxford. He has been a guest lecturer at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland and the Southwestern Medical Center at the University of Texas, Dallas. Dr. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree from Asbury College, the Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and the Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University. His honors include a Fellowship in administrative leadership with the American Council on Education; a Senior Fellowship with the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research; the Young Scholars Fellowship presented by the Catholic Biblical Association; nomination to Class XI of the Clergy Leadership Project, sponsored by Trinity Church, Wall Street; the Angus Dun Fellowship (Episcopal Diocese of Washington); and an Ecumenical Service Award given by Christian Churches United (an ecumenical organization covering a tri-county area and based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania). He is a recipient of the F. W. Dillstone Scholarship awarded by Oriel College, Oxford; the Hall Houghton Studentship awarded by the Theology Faculty of Oxford University; and an Overseas Research Student Award, presented by the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom. Dr. Schmidt is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. From 1998 to 2000 he served as a member of the Institutional Review Board for Heart, Lung and Blood Research at the National Institutes of Health and he currently serves on two Data Safety Monitoring Boards for NIH. He is Secretary-Treasurer of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars and a member of the Board of Examining Chaplains for the Episcopal Church, USA.

In addition to his work in the academy and the church Dr. Schmidt currently serves as a patient safety and ethics consultant on Data Safety Monitoring Boards for the National Institutes of Health and Allergan, Inc.

He lives with his wife, Natalie (who is also an academic and an Episcopal priest), and Hilda of Whitby, their Gordon Setter.

Works by Frederick Schmidt
Written on Our Innards and Our Hearts
Frederick Schmidt | June 26, 2022
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The Church, the Future, and the Vow of Stability
Frederick Schmidt | June 23, 2022
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Theology and the Church
Frederick Schmidt | June 13, 2022
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Does theology really matter?
Frederick Schmidt | June 08, 2022
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Pentecost in the Twenty-First Century
Frederick Schmidt | June 06, 2022
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An Atheist Responds to Open Communion
Frederick Schmidt | June 02, 2022
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Evil and the Witness to Divine Love
Frederick Schmidt | May 29, 2022
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The Dogma & Vocation of the Church
Frederick Schmidt | May 27, 2022
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Freed from the Righteous Indignation of Others
Frederick Schmidt | May 24, 2022
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Navigating the Decline of America's Seminaries
Frederick Schmidt | May 17, 2022
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Resurrection People
Frederick Schmidt | April 25, 2022
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Looking for the Living among the Dead
Frederick Schmidt | April 17, 2022
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The Last Seven Words of Jesus: "It is Finished"
Frederick Schmidt | April 14, 2022
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The Last Seven Words of Jesus: "I thirst."
Frederick Schmidt | April 13, 2022
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The Last Seven Words of Jesus: An Introduction
Frederick Schmidt | April 08, 2022
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The Moral Peril of Failing Ukraine
Frederick Schmidt | March 24, 2022
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Stump the Messiah & the Problem of Suffering
Frederick Schmidt | March 21, 2022
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“Never Again!” Yeah, Sure.
Frederick Schmidt | March 18, 2022
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War, Shattered Assumptions, and the Cross
Frederick Schmidt | March 12, 2022
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Temptation in the Age of Information
Frederick Schmidt | March 07, 2022
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More Prayers for the People of Ukraine
Frederick Schmidt | February 27, 2022
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Prayers for the People of Ukraine
Frederick Schmidt | February 24, 2022
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The Nature of Love
Frederick Schmidt | February 22, 2022
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Dog Fur and the Decline of Progressive Protestantism
Frederick Schmidt | February 18, 2022
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The Beatitudes and the End of Adequacy
Frederick Schmidt | February 14, 2022
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The Buddy-fication of Jesus
Frederick Schmidt | February 11, 2022
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Seeking, Finding, and the Vocation to Ordained Life
Frederick Schmidt | February 04, 2022
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Confession, Absolution & Liberation
Frederick Schmidt | January 26, 2022
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Martin Luther King, Jr., Martyr
Frederick Schmidt | January 17, 2022
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Ministry in the Age of Covid
Frederick Schmidt | January 10, 2022
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The Measure of Greatness: Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Frederick Schmidt | January 04, 2022
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Thoughts at Christmastide: The Incarnation
Frederick Schmidt | December 30, 2021
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Thoughts at Christmastide: Beyond Sentimentality
Frederick Schmidt | December 27, 2021
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Navigating Loss at Christmastime
Frederick Schmidt | December 22, 2021
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“Happy Advent, you Brood of Vipers!”
Frederick Schmidt | December 16, 2021
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Disaster and the Death of Innocents
Frederick Schmidt | December 13, 2021
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Notre Dame as a Metaphor for the 21st Century Church
Frederick Schmidt | December 06, 2021
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We are not the change that we seek
Frederick Schmidt | November 29, 2021
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We thank you just the same
Frederick Schmidt | November 23, 2021
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Mark Driscoll, What Went Wrong at Mars Hill, and What We...
Frederick Schmidt | November 18, 2021
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Moving Beyond Apocalyptic Dread
Frederick Schmidt | November 15, 2021
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What should the church learn from navigating Covid?
Frederick Schmidt | November 09, 2021
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Equity as the Materialist’s Version of Salvation
Frederick Schmidt | November 05, 2021
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The Twofold Command to Love
Frederick Schmidt | November 01, 2021
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A Virtual Church is No Substitute for an Embodied Church
Frederick Schmidt | October 25, 2021
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The Book of Job in (way) less than 140 characters
Frederick Schmidt | October 22, 2021
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Seminaries and the Church’s Faith
Frederick Schmidt | October 19, 2021
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The Test of True Prophetic Speech
Frederick Schmidt | October 15, 2021
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"Death is nothing at all"
Frederick Schmidt | October 11, 2021
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In Memoriam: William J. Abraham
Frederick Schmidt | October 09, 2021
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Spiritual Direction and the Power of Stories
Frederick Schmidt | October 08, 2021
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Eight Guidelines for Long-Term Care
Frederick Schmidt | October 04, 2021
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Covid, Consumers, and the Church
Frederick Schmidt | October 01, 2021
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What is Celtic Spirituality?
Frederick Schmidt | September 28, 2021
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Covid, the Unemployed, and the Meaning of Labor
Frederick Schmidt | September 23, 2021
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Money as Minted Spirituality
Frederick Schmidt | September 20, 2021
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Trusting in Prayer, Trusting in God: The Crucible of...
Frederick Schmidt | September 17, 2021
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The Monk and His Marbles: Spiritual Formation and the...
Frederick Schmidt | September 13, 2021
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A Prayer on 9/11
Frederick Schmidt | September 11, 2021
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Praying in a Snake Pit
Frederick Schmidt | September 09, 2021
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The Dis-integration of Theological Education
Frederick Schmidt | September 07, 2021
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A Prayer for the Crisis in Afghanistan
Frederick Schmidt | August 25, 2021
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Introducing Vend-a-Church!
Frederick Schmidt | July 28, 2021
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On Being the Church: “Living out of Gratitude”
Frederick Schmidt | June 28, 2021
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On Being the Church: "Living Out Our Salvation"
Frederick Schmidt | June 24, 2021
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On Being the Church: "Freed from the Flesh"
Frederick Schmidt | May 31, 2021
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The Covid-19 Test: Do we really believe church is...
Frederick Schmidt | May 08, 2021
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Seeing is not Believing: Doubting Thomas
Frederick Schmidt | April 13, 2021
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From Head to toe: The Significance of Footwashing
Frederick Schmidt | April 01, 2021
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Political Fundamentalism
Frederick Schmidt | March 26, 2021
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Tim Keller has cancer.
Frederick Schmidt | March 09, 2021
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Customizing Jesus
Frederick Schmidt | March 02, 2021
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The Only Reasons for Ash Wednesday
Frederick Schmidt | February 17, 2021
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Why Pray
Frederick Schmidt | February 01, 2021
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Baptizing Jesus
Frederick Schmidt | January 10, 2021
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Christmas and Covid
Frederick Schmidt | December 24, 2020
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Waiting for a “Who” - Not a “What”
Frederick Schmidt | December 14, 2020
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Patience for the Sake of Others: A Reflection on Advent...
Frederick Schmidt | December 07, 2020
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The Other Side of the Tracks
Frederick Schmidt | November 13, 2020
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Political realities that won't change even when the votes...
Frederick Schmidt | November 06, 2020
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6 Spiritual Truths that Won't Change with the Election
Frederick Schmidt | October 29, 2020
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The Court and the Christian Conscience
Frederick Schmidt | October 01, 2020
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“The Dogma Lives Loudly Within You”
Frederick Schmidt | September 25, 2020
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When Everything says, "It's too late"
Frederick Schmidt | September 21, 2020
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Living into the Possibility of New Communities
Frederick Schmidt | September 18, 2020
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The Church after Covid-19: When getting back to normal is...
Frederick Schmidt | September 09, 2020
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America has a Messiah Complex...but it isn't what you...
Frederick Schmidt | August 31, 2020
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The Roots of Cognicide
Frederick Schmidt | August 26, 2020
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Notes on the Dangers of Talking to Mary
Frederick Schmidt | August 17, 2020
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Resilience and the Church in the Age of Covid-19
Frederick Schmidt | August 12, 2020
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What Kind of Kingdom? Notes on the Feeding of the...
Frederick Schmidt | July 31, 2020
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The Gospel and the Passion for Judgment
Frederick Schmidt | July 19, 2020
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America’s New Religion and the Scandal of the Cross
Frederick Schmidt | July 10, 2020
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Celebrating Independence Day
Frederick Schmidt | July 04, 2020
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Staying Spiritually Centered in Tough Times
Frederick Schmidt | June 25, 2020
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A Spirituality of Justice
Frederick Schmidt | June 16, 2020
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Passive leaders are not leaders at all
Frederick Schmidt | June 02, 2020
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A Response to the Murder of George Floyd
Frederick Schmidt | May 27, 2020
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The Resurrection: Sequel or Reversal?
Frederick Schmidt | May 11, 2020
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Playing God’s Infinite Game in the Age of Covid-19
Frederick Schmidt | March 24, 2020
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Playing God’s Infinite Game in an Age of Rage
Frederick Schmidt | February 21, 2020
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The Slowing Rise of Nones: 4 Ways for the Church to...
Frederick Schmidt | February 12, 2020
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The Monster God of Penal Substitutionary Atonement
Frederick Schmidt | February 04, 2020
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Judging Kobe
Frederick Schmidt | January 27, 2020
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Resisting the Temptation to Lead by Fear
Frederick Schmidt | January 25, 2020
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Why I am not a political priest...
Frederick Schmidt | January 14, 2020
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Four Models of Ministry
Frederick Schmidt | November 25, 2019
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"All Dogs Go to Heaven"
Frederick Schmidt | October 25, 2019
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The Problem(s) with “Harmonial Religion”
Frederick Schmidt | September 17, 2019
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9/11
Frederick Schmidt | September 11, 2019
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Forgetting our Mission: Mass Shootings and the Church
Frederick Schmidt | August 19, 2019
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7 Ways to Get Clear about Vocation
Frederick Schmidt | August 02, 2019
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Politics and the Pulpit
Frederick Schmidt | July 22, 2019
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What can I do when others are suffering?
Frederick Schmidt | July 08, 2019
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A Prayer for the Fourth of July
Frederick Schmidt | July 01, 2019
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Religious Spirituality
Frederick Schmidt | June 25, 2019
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Jesus never said, “Go make others do things.”
Frederick Schmidt | June 07, 2019
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3 Problems with the Self-Care Conversation
Frederick Schmidt | May 21, 2019
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Is Notre Dame Worth Saving?
Frederick Schmidt | April 19, 2019
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Seven Reasons to Be an Episcopalian
Frederick Schmidt | April 12, 2019
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Why Pray?
Frederick Schmidt | March 25, 2019
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Finding Unity in Divisive Times
Frederick Schmidt | March 05, 2019
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Without a Prayer: Conferences, Conventions and Discerning...
Frederick Schmidt | February 25, 2019
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Methodism and American Protestants: Built for Schism?
Frederick Schmidt | February 23, 2019
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7 Reasons Jordan Peterson is More Popular than Most...
Frederick Schmidt | February 09, 2019
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Praying, Believing and Open Communion
Frederick Schmidt | January 21, 2019
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Children's Grief Awareness Day: Spiritual Direction and...
Frederick Schmidt | November 14, 2018
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7 Ways for the Church to Respond after Squirrel Hill
Frederick Schmidt | October 29, 2018
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Talking about God: 4 Ways Forward
Frederick Schmidt | October 16, 2018
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Barroom Brawls, Social Media and Democracy
Frederick Schmidt | October 05, 2018
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Cardinal Cupich and the “Rabbit Hole” of Sexual...
Frederick Schmidt | August 29, 2018
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Youth Ministry: Repenting at Our Leisure
Frederick Schmidt | August 13, 2018
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Revising the Lord's Prayer
Frederick Schmidt | July 16, 2018
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Should We Even Have a National Church Convention?
Frederick Schmidt | July 06, 2018
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Suicide and Society
Frederick Schmidt | June 08, 2018
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Let’s Stop Using the Word, “Supernatural”
Frederick Schmidt | June 06, 2018
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4 Ways to Build Clergy Credibility
Frederick Schmidt | May 07, 2018
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"Bummer of a birthmark, Hal!"
Frederick Schmidt | February 15, 2018
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The (Only) 2 Reasons for Ash Wednesday
Frederick Schmidt | January 24, 2018
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Pray for Your Death
Frederick Schmidt | January 11, 2018
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4 Reasons Seminary Shouldn’t Be Hard, It Should Be Harder
Frederick Schmidt | December 29, 2017
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Defining Christian Spirituality
Frederick Schmidt | December 14, 2017
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Why the Conversation about Rights Won’t End Harassment
Frederick Schmidt | December 01, 2017
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We Thank You Just the Same
Frederick Schmidt | November 19, 2017
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A Reflection on the Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas
Frederick Schmidt | November 05, 2017
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I Come to Bury Evangelicalism, Not to Praise It
Frederick Schmidt | October 25, 2017
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I Come to Bury Evangelicalism, Not to Praise It
Frederick Schmidt | October 25, 2017
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All God’s Children Got Dogma
Frederick Schmidt | October 20, 2017
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Las Vegas: The Brutal Truth and the Only Hope
Frederick Schmidt | October 06, 2017
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Hugh Hefner: Let the Dead Bury the Dead
Frederick Schmidt | September 29, 2017
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The Flag, the NFL, and the Freedom to Protest
Frederick Schmidt | September 25, 2017
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God-given Weirdness
Frederick Schmidt | September 21, 2017
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The Limits to Professional Boundaries
Frederick Schmidt | September 08, 2017
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My God Only Punishes People I Don’t Like
Frederick Schmidt | August 31, 2017
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Do you want your church?
Frederick Schmidt | August 21, 2017
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8 Things We Can -- and Should Do -- in Response to...
Frederick Schmidt | August 13, 2017
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“Yes, And-ing” the Next Generation
Frederick Schmidt | August 10, 2017
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4 Ways to Change the Way in Which We Think About...
Frederick Schmidt | July 31, 2017
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Charlie Gard: 3 Lessons Learned
Frederick Schmidt | July 24, 2017
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Let us be the Church
Frederick Schmidt | June 28, 2017
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Keeping the Partisan Faith
Frederick Schmidt | June 13, 2017
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5 Patterns that Erode the Ability of Leaders to Lead
Frederick Schmidt | June 06, 2017
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Minya and Manchester: On Care-lessness and Obsession
Frederick Schmidt | May 26, 2017
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People are just no damn good*
Frederick Schmidt | May 18, 2017
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On Confessing the Sins of Others
Frederick Schmidt | May 02, 2017
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Recovering Confirmation
Frederick Schmidt | April 20, 2017
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The Spiritual Logic of Easter
Frederick Schmidt | April 14, 2017
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The Thursday of Holy Mysteries
Frederick Schmidt | April 13, 2017
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The Real Work of Bishops
Frederick Schmidt | March 29, 2017
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Pre-approved Bishops: A Nursery for Ambition
Frederick Schmidt | March 16, 2017
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3 Reasons We Find it Difficult to Lament
Frederick Schmidt | March 10, 2017
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Lent is not a tightrope, it’s a journey.
Frederick Schmidt | March 01, 2017
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The Barking Dog of Congregational Vitality
Frederick Schmidt | February 22, 2017
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What do you do after a “mountaintop” experience?
Frederick Schmidt | February 06, 2017
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The Immorality of Partisanship
Frederick Schmidt | February 02, 2017
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2 Questions that Could Change Your Life
Frederick Schmidt | January 11, 2017
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4 Ways to “Future” the Church
Frederick Schmidt | January 03, 2017
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4 Reasons for Abandoning New Year’s Resolutions
Frederick Schmidt | December 29, 2016
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One Suggestion for Something New This Christmas
Frederick Schmidt | December 19, 2016
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5 things the “Chopped” Kitchen Can Teach Us about...
Frederick Schmidt | December 15, 2016
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The Bunkum of "Biblical Creation"
Frederick Schmidt | November 28, 2016
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We want a king! (And why voting for one will never be...
Frederick Schmidt | November 16, 2016
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8 Things that Need to Change After Election Day
Frederick Schmidt | November 08, 2016
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4 Reasons It’s a Bad Idea for Clergy to Advocate for...
Frederick Schmidt | November 02, 2016
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Three Ways to Navigate Anniversaries of Loss
Frederick Schmidt | October 26, 2016
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4 Choices Boomers Made that are Killing Mainline...
Frederick Schmidt | October 07, 2016
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6 Ways to Save the Soul of American Discourse
Frederick Schmidt | September 26, 2016
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How Do Saints Respond to Suffering?
Frederick Schmidt | September 14, 2016
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The Five Ways Music Contributes to Our Spiritual Lives
Frederick Schmidt | September 08, 2016
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5 Reasons Spirituality is No Longer Important to the...
Frederick Schmidt | September 01, 2016
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Spirituality and Leadership in the Shadow of Chaos
Frederick Schmidt | August 25, 2016
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Part-Time Ministry and "The Myth of the Empty Church"
Frederick Schmidt | August 08, 2016
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Clinton, Trump, and the Kings of Israel
Frederick Schmidt | July 22, 2016
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Mark Burns illustrates how not to pray
Frederick Schmidt | July 19, 2016
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Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, Dallas: What Next?
Frederick Schmidt | July 09, 2016
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The One Thing that Matters in a Changing Church
Frederick Schmidt | July 07, 2016
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Public Discourse and The Language of Derision
Frederick Schmidt | June 30, 2016
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The Decoder Ring Approach to Revelation
Frederick Schmidt | June 08, 2016
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Four Reasons for Abandoning the Term, Post-Christian
Frederick Schmidt | June 02, 2016
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4 Ways Spiritual Direction Could Change the Church
Frederick Schmidt | May 04, 2016
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5 Priorities as We Vote
Frederick Schmidt | April 19, 2016
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4 Ways Teaching in a Seminary is Different
Frederick Schmidt | April 12, 2016
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4 Ways the Culture Misunderstands Spiritual Formation
Frederick Schmidt | March 28, 2016
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4 Ways the Church Misunderstands Spiritual Formation
Frederick Schmidt | March 24, 2016
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The Last Enemy
Frederick Schmidt | March 08, 2016
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The Making of Donald Trump and the Unmaking of a Nation
Frederick Schmidt | February 25, 2016
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Cancel that Meeting!
Frederick Schmidt | February 10, 2016
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7 Ways to Prepare Spiritually to Vote
Frederick Schmidt | January 27, 2016
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5 Keys to Surviving Spiritually as a Leader in the Church
Frederick Schmidt | January 25, 2016
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5 Ways to Age without Getting Old
Frederick Schmidt | January 12, 2016
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Dealing with Job’s Facebook Friends: 5 Thoughts on...
Frederick Schmidt | January 06, 2016
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Christmas Autopsy: 5 Thoughts about the Death of Christmas
Frederick Schmidt | December 26, 2015
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5 Spiritual Truths that Won't Change with the Election of...
Frederick Schmidt | December 09, 2015
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5 Things the Church Should Tell the Candidates for...
Frederick Schmidt | November 21, 2015
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The One Thing We Must Do about Paris, Terrorism, and...
Frederick Schmidt | November 19, 2015
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3 Truths to Live by after Paris
Frederick Schmidt | November 15, 2015
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Seven ways to avoid getting stuck
Frederick Schmidt | November 10, 2015
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6 Questions We Need to Answer about Clergy Formation
Frederick Schmidt | November 04, 2015
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The Wrong Side of History
Frederick Schmidt | October 22, 2015
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Body Image and 5 Paths to Freedom
Frederick Schmidt | October 17, 2015
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The Making of Zombie Theologians: Catechesis, Spiritual...
Frederick Schmidt | October 06, 2015
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3 Things Francis Taught Us Today about Politics
Frederick Schmidt | September 24, 2015
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The One Reason a Global Church Matters
Frederick Schmidt | September 22, 2015
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From Beneficiary to Benefactor: Turning the Corner in the...
Frederick Schmidt | September 16, 2015
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Are you a founder, an inheritor, or a beneficiary?
Frederick Schmidt | September 11, 2015
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Nine Ways Your Pastor Can Help You Plan for a Funeral
Frederick Schmidt | August 31, 2015
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Seven Things the Holy Spirit Might Be Trying to Tell You
Frederick Schmidt | August 26, 2015
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12 Questions Leaders Need to Ask Themselves
Frederick Schmidt | August 04, 2015
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15 Words and Phrases that Deserve to Die
Frederick Schmidt | July 14, 2015
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12 Things Clergy Spouses Want You to Know
Frederick Schmidt | July 06, 2015
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7 Reasons Why the Church Should Learn to Disagree
Frederick Schmidt | June 15, 2015
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What do you do with doubt?
Frederick Schmidt | June 01, 2015
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PB & J
Frederick Schmidt | May 01, 2015
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Dear “Rev”
Frederick Schmidt | April 29, 2015
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Lessons on Leadership: Spin
Frederick Schmidt | April 26, 2015
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Rare Prayer: Cries of Lament
Frederick Schmidt | April 07, 2015
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Saved -- But from what, by whom, how?
Frederick Schmidt | April 03, 2015
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Basketball is Life
Frederick Schmidt | March 24, 2015
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Reimagining the Church
Frederick Schmidt | March 20, 2015
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Beyond Partisanship
Frederick Schmidt | March 06, 2015
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The Lenten Life: Falling and Getting Back Up Again
Frederick Schmidt | February 25, 2015
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Taking to the Street
Frederick Schmidt | February 20, 2015
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The Language of Lent: Repentance
Frederick Schmidt | February 18, 2015
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The Evolving Future of Theological Education
Frederick Schmidt | February 05, 2015
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Lance Armstrong and the Meaning of Repentance
Frederick Schmidt | January 26, 2015
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Remembering Marcus
Frederick Schmidt | January 22, 2015
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Remembering King
Frederick Schmidt | January 19, 2015
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"Je Suis Charlie"
Frederick Schmidt | January 07, 2015
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Final Lessons: A Tribute to Rueben P. Job
Frederick Schmidt | January 06, 2015
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We need a Francis
Frederick Schmidt | January 03, 2015
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No Cause for Celebration: Question Three, “Can I avoid...
Frederick Schmidt | December 23, 2014
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Prejudice and the Partisan Future
Frederick Schmidt | December 15, 2014
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Seminaries and the Unthinking Future
Frederick Schmidt | December 12, 2014
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No Cause for Celebration Taking The Dave Test during the...
Frederick Schmidt | December 05, 2014
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No Cause for Celebration: Taking The Dave Test during the...
Frederick Schmidt | November 30, 2014
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"Done" with the wrong kind of Church
Frederick Schmidt | November 24, 2014
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It’s not all about you
Frederick Schmidt | November 19, 2014
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Vocation and Jobs
Frederick Schmidt | November 14, 2014
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What is a seminary faculty?
Frederick Schmidt | November 11, 2014
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Demonizing Difference and the Word Police
Frederick Schmidt | October 28, 2014
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Of Angels and Attorneys: General Theological Seminary
Frederick Schmidt | October 24, 2014
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When Mystery becomes Product: The Case of General...
Frederick Schmidt | October 17, 2014
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General Theological Seminary and Progressive Christianity
Frederick Schmidt | October 11, 2014
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Social Media Chaos, Leadership Crises, and General...
Frederick Schmidt | October 02, 2014
What was already chaotic became tragic for the Seminary in the space of just a few......
Provoked to Politic: The Pew Foundation, Clergy, and...
Frederick Schmidt | September 25, 2014
What people need most in an ever-changing political landscape are the tools to make......
Is the Islamic State Islamic?
Frederick Schmidt | September 15, 2014
If the descriptive shoe fits, from a sociological or anthropological point of view, you......
Throw Like a Girl: The Power of Enacted Contradictions
Frederick Schmidt | August 20, 2014
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Teach Us How to Die
Frederick Schmidt | August 11, 2014
Avoiding pain and death are not preeminent Christian values. A good death is one faced......
Is the World Any Thinner? No.
Frederick Schmidt | July 30, 2014
I am not at all convinced that we are living into a new era of spiritual consciousness.......
Eleven Tips for Navigating the Digital Conversation
Frederick Schmidt | July 14, 2014
Tell the truth, post with care, and trust the results to God. (That, after all, is one......
The Complexity of Contextual Ministry
Frederick Schmidt | July 06, 2014
Contextual ministry requires attention to local needs, especially when those needs don't......
God and Mammon
Frederick Schmidt | June 29, 2014
Capitalism creates an environment in which moral responsibility is inescapable, not by......
Are You Romantic About Christianity?
Frederick Schmidt | June 23, 2014
Having shaped the modern mindset, Romanticism has insinuated itself into the church......
Preaching on Suffering and Loss: Some Further Advice
Frederick Schmidt | June 15, 2014
If we are going to offer people hope from the pulpit, then our congregations need to......
Legacy Is Not Leadership
Frederick Schmidt | June 08, 2014
True leaders let go of the fearful questions about legacy and make virtue their friend......
Sobriety: “Guardian of the spirit”
Frederick Schmidt | June 02, 2014
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Notwithstanding the intelligent, gifted work that its practitioners are doing, interim......
Burning Snow
Frederick Schmidt | May 23, 2014
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Preaching on Suffering and Loss: Some Advice
Frederick Schmidt | May 23, 2014
Here are five preaching tips from one who sits in the pew and knows what goes on in the......
Nothing sidelines an institution faster than contraction and flailing that is labeled as......
Birthday Reflections: Celebrating Patheos at Five
Frederick Schmidt | May 08, 2014
In celebration of Patheos' 5th Anniversary, I'd like to take a few moments to note some......
Too often, seminary education is devoted to the details of the Christian message without......
When a Fast is not Fast
Frederick Schmidt | April 08, 2014
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Free Is What We Are
Frederick Schmidt | March 26, 2014
The genius of the American experiment lies in the conviction that freedom is not given......
Beyond Inclusion
Frederick Schmidt | March 12, 2014
We have been so fixed on the effort to be inclusive, that we have forgotten that the......
Lent: It's more fun and alleluias than you think
Frederick Schmidt | March 10, 2014
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Nothing to Celebrate: Question Ten of Ten
Frederick Schmidt | February 18, 2014
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Nothing to Celebrate: Question Nine of Ten
Frederick Schmidt | January 17, 2014
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Question Eight of Ten: "Can I grieve with others?"
Frederick Schmidt | January 14, 2014
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No Cause for Celebration: Question Seven of Ten
Frederick Schmidt | January 04, 2014
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"The Prodigal" conveys the inescapable truth about ourselves and about God: That we are......
No Cause for Celebration: Question Six of Ten
Frederick Schmidt | December 23, 2013
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No Cause for Celebration: Question Five of Ten
Frederick Schmidt | December 18, 2013
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No Cause for Celebration: Question Four of Ten
Frederick Schmidt | December 04, 2013
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No Cause for Celebration: Question Three of Ten
Frederick Schmidt | November 22, 2013
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No Cause for Celebration: Question Two of Ten
Frederick Schmidt | November 15, 2013
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What the Rise of Anti-Semitism Has to Teach Us
Frederick Schmidt | November 13, 2013
True tolerance is not predicated upon dismissing, sublimating, or explaining away......
No Cause for Celebration: Question One of Ten
Frederick Schmidt | November 06, 2013
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The (Not So) New Frontier of Theological Education...
Frederick Schmidt | October 31, 2013
The problem is a church that refuses to meet the challenge of offering preparation that......
The (Not-So) New Frontier of Theological Education
Frederick Schmidt | October 24, 2013
Frederick W. Schmidt...
A Vulnerable Church: Passing The Dave Test
Frederick Schmidt | October 18, 2013
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When Government Becomes God
Frederick Schmidt | September 05, 2013
Like the children of Israel in their desert wandering, we demand to know what our......
People Sin: The Death of Christopher Lane
Frederick Schmidt | August 22, 2013
When we are left to our own devices in a world in which we are our own god, this is the......
Zombie Church*
Frederick Schmidt | August 08, 2013
The challenges the church faces today are radically different from the fifties and......
The Rise of the Christian Left
Frederick Schmidt | July 25, 2013
Defining our faith in terms of a political ideology is not a good thing, no matter whose......
Women Who Hate Women Who Lead
Frederick Schmidt | July 16, 2013
Male chauvinists are alive and kicking, but they are often the front-men for women who......
The Lone Ranger's Missing Virtue
Frederick Schmidt | July 11, 2013
The problem with a lot of film making today is the near complete absence of thoughtful......
Tony Soprano and an Unexpected Lesson
Frederick Schmidt | June 26, 2013
Even Tony Soprano was looking for meaning....
“Teach your children…”
Frederick Schmidt | June 24, 2013
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When our fears subvert our commitment to virtue, we squander the only thing we really......
Awareness: A Practice looking for a Purpose
Frederick Schmidt | June 07, 2013
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Conservatorship and the Public Sphere
Frederick Schmidt | June 04, 2013
Perhaps the best thing our leaders could do is to sit by a tombstone and consider what......
Rethinking Diversity
Frederick Schmidt | May 14, 2013
Let's embrace the endless possibilities for learning from one another and let's do the......
Kneel, Sit, Stand: The Embodiment of Spirituality
Frederick Schmidt | May 14, 2013
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Boston Bombing: In Times of Crisis
Frederick Schmidt | April 15, 2013
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Thomas: Muggle or Wizard?
Frederick Schmidt | April 08, 2013
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Bad Bunny Theology, or, Saving Easter
Frederick Schmidt | April 07, 2013
We tend to think the Resurrection is all about us, but that's not the biblical story....
Pope Francis: Laid-Back or Authoritarian?
Frederick Schmidt | March 18, 2013
The BBC opined last week whether the new pope's style will be authoritarian or......
The Significance of the Liturgy
Frederick Schmidt | March 18, 2013
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Notes on “The Prodigal”
Frederick Schmidt | March 09, 2013
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The Meaning of Lent: An Ash Wednesday Rant
Frederick Schmidt | February 14, 2013
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Spiritual AND Religious? Yes! Reason #3
Frederick Schmidt | February 13, 2013
When it is at its best, church matters because of its weaknesses as a community -- its......
Spiritual AND Religious? Yes! Reason #2
Frederick Schmidt | February 04, 2013
Running from religion can be momentarily satisfying, but it hardly fixes anything....
Spare Me....
Frederick Schmidt | February 03, 2013
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Spiritual AND Religious? Yes!
Frederick Schmidt | January 20, 2013
Reason #1 why we can be both spiritual and religious: Church is not just a gathering of......
Black Monday, Football, and Leadership
Frederick Schmidt | January 06, 2013
What leadership lessons can we learn from the woefully un-spiritual form of leadership......
Action Figures
Frederick Schmidt | December 28, 2012
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Questions That Should Never Haunt Us: A Response to Tony...
Frederick Schmidt | December 09, 2012
Nothing that historically has defined the essentials of the Christian faith falls under......
The Dangers of a "Build-A-Bear" Theology
Frederick Schmidt | November 29, 2012
You can leave your crafted theology in your will, but it'll never amount to anything......
Letting Go...
Frederick Schmidt | November 26, 2012
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Spirituality in the Workplace: Accommodated or Embraced?
Frederick Schmidt | November 12, 2012
It is not surprising that conversations about spirituality in the workplace become about......
The Simplicity of Intention
Frederick Schmidt | November 08, 2012
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Jesus, the President, and the Politics of Loyal Opposition
Frederick Schmidt | November 01, 2012
Navigating life as an Independent voter is a lonely business. But here's why I, as a......
The Empathetic Spirit
Frederick Schmidt | October 21, 2012
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An Invitation to Change: A Response to the Rising "Nones"
Frederick Schmidt | October 21, 2012
What if we in the Church looked at the rise of the religious "nones" not as a problem to......
Dog is what I do
Frederick Schmidt | October 07, 2012
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The Practice of Medicine: The Dilemma Neglected in the...
Frederick Schmidt | October 07, 2012
The decision to treat an illness is not simply a decision about the fate of a single......
The Spiritual Friend as Witness
Frederick Schmidt | September 25, 2012
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"First Debunk Your Own Brain..." Updating an Aphorism
Frederick Schmidt | September 24, 2012
Why do we believe, repeat, and fight on behalf of so many half-truths,......
The Spiritual Dimension of Music
Frederick Schmidt | September 17, 2012
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Bury My Gifts at Gravel Switch
Frederick Schmidt | September 16, 2012
What happens when the church fails to weigh vocations in a prayerful, intentional......
The Church Needs Teacher-Leaders
Frederick Schmidt | September 11, 2012
Can we really argue that we're providing effective leadership for the church if people......
The Unspoken Prayer
Frederick Schmidt | September 05, 2012
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Of Presidents and Prom Kings
Frederick Schmidt | September 05, 2012
Wake me when the debate over facts, numbers, and issues begins -- if and when that......
The Ground Zero Cross: An Open Letter to Atheists
Frederick Schmidt | August 23, 2012
Playing the victim card falls well short of atheist claims for gravitas and reason, and......
True Silence
Frederick Schmidt | August 16, 2012
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Got God?
Frederick Schmidt | August 13, 2012
Hell-bent on making sure that no one thinks we are fundamentalist, we have jettisoned......
Leadership in Struggling Churches
Frederick Schmidt | August 05, 2012
Spare a thought for small congregations where lay leaders and their clergy are told to......
Meditating on Words from Merton
Frederick Schmidt | August 04, 2012
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How do we effect change in church leadership, rather than suffer as its victims? Here......
Men and their Fathers
Frederick Schmidt | July 28, 2012
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Now Available: The Affinity Church
Frederick Schmidt | July 22, 2012
The Affinity Church...because you can never create a church, a nation, or a world small......
It's Time to Have an Adult Conversation About Crime
Frederick Schmidt | July 22, 2012
Armies of therapists and social workers, hundreds of laws, and even a president can't......
Life Prayers
Frederick Schmidt | July 20, 2012
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Why Convention 2012 Doesn't Matter
Frederick Schmidt | July 17, 2012
The real issue at this year's Episcopalian convention was and is ecclesiology: Does the......
Mary, Men, and Women
Frederick Schmidt | July 09, 2012
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Mean Sheep: When Clergy Are Abused
Frederick Schmidt | July 08, 2012
As common as the experience can be, nothing prepares clergy for being mauled or......
Venomous and Poisonous
Frederick Schmidt | July 02, 2012
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How does Protestantism backload a sense of the mystical? Answering that question may be......
Celebrity and Character
Frederick Schmidt | June 24, 2012
Our celebrity culture produces the geometric and accelerating cost of lost capacity -- a......
The Embodiment of Prayer: Joe Cajero
Frederick Schmidt | June 17, 2012
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Prophecy and Public Policy
Frederick Schmidt | June 17, 2012
If prophetic preaching is a thing of the past, how then are Christians called to be......
Fly Fishing and the Spiritual Life
Frederick Schmidt | June 11, 2012
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The problem isn't what Mayor Bloomberg wants to control. The problem lies in a thirst......
Collective Codependency
Frederick Schmidt | June 04, 2012
Perhaps it is time to stop talking about the kind of country we want and start talking......
eternitatem cogita
Frederick Schmidt | June 02, 2012
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Anonymity and Healing
Frederick Schmidt | May 29, 2012
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Falling from Faith: When Pastors Stop Believing
Frederick Schmidt | May 28, 2012
What are we doing as a church to form clergy that can navigate the complexities of life......
Second Opinions and the Will of God
Frederick Schmidt | May 25, 2012
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Winning the White House and Losing Our Souls
Frederick Schmidt | May 21, 2012
Christians today act as if they don't realize that the circus of human politics is......
The Happiness Index
Frederick Schmidt | May 17, 2012
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False Selves
Frederick Schmidt | May 15, 2012
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Awakening Beyond Belief
Frederick Schmidt | May 13, 2012
There is no awakening beyond belief; and there is no belief worth subscribing to that is......
The Gospels of John E and John L
Frederick Schmidt | May 06, 2012
This isn't "the magical mystery tour"; it is a journey into the divine mystery that is......
Restoring the Wounded
Frederick Schmidt | May 06, 2012
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Just Forgive?
Frederick Schmidt | April 29, 2012
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Dumbing Down the Church
Frederick Schmidt | April 29, 2012
Coffee in the narthex is an act of hospitality; inviting everyone to the Eucharist is......
Be a Prayer
Frederick Schmidt | April 23, 2012
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The Message Without a Market
Frederick Schmidt | April 23, 2012
Why the excessively diffident, apologetic approach to the Christian message and why the......
The Doctrine of Fairness
Frederick Schmidt | April 17, 2012
Why our politicians will never serve us well spiritually....
The Dangers of Domesticating God
Frederick Schmidt | April 16, 2012
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Before the Stoning, Spare a Thought for Rowan
Frederick Schmidt | April 01, 2012
Whatever your view, if we postpone stoning Rowan for a few moments, what might we learn......
Are You Raw Meat or a Sacred Gift?
Frederick Schmidt | March 26, 2012
Why your medical decisions should be informed by the conviction that you were made in......
The Soul at Work
Frederick Schmidt | March 18, 2012
On finding, and expressing, your spirituality in the workplace....
Hijacked or Sold Out?
Frederick Schmidt | March 15, 2012
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Lessons at the End: Requiem for a Parent
Frederick Schmidt | March 11, 2012
Trust God. Trust God with your loved ones. Trust God with your own life. Trust God in......
The Dirty Little Secret of Theology
Frederick Schmidt | March 05, 2012
The one question that seminaries and churches don't ask often enough is, "What is your......
Jesus Is Free, But He's Not Easy
Frederick Schmidt | February 27, 2012
Spiritual practices and creeds are meant to offend us, so God can find us....
Anti-Catholic Prejudice in a Mad Max World
Frederick Schmidt | February 25, 2012
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What the Poor Might Say
Frederick Schmidt | February 13, 2012
"We are not a category. We are people. Try to find a way to connect with us and speak to......
Final Words or Parting Shot?
Frederick Schmidt | February 06, 2012
Writing a last will and testament should be, and can be, a spiritual exercise....
Pathologizing Grief
Frederick Schmidt | January 30, 2012
It is not possible or even important for us to be happy all the time -- and we should......
Facebook Prophets
Frederick Schmidt | January 24, 2012
Facebook prophets are not voices crying in the wilderness, but shouting with the crowds....
The Challenge of Proximity: Guidelines for the Global...
Frederick Schmidt | January 16, 2012
In this common space we share that is our newly flattened world, all Christians......
Jesus>Religion
Frederick Schmidt | January 14, 2012
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What Kodak Can Teach the Church
Frederick Schmidt | January 09, 2012
There are lessons to be learned in Kodak's "long, slow slide" that have applications far......
Jesus Is Not Our Elected Representative
Frederick Schmidt | January 03, 2012
The church is a hierarchy--in composition, character, and mission. Jesus is not our......
Vengeance, Sin, and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Frederick Schmidt | December 19, 2011
A girl with a dragon tattoo can seem like an avenging angel in a world that lacks the......
Forced Family Fun
Frederick Schmidt | December 19, 2011
Remembering the purpose of Christmas will put everything else into perspective and you......
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Frederick Schmidt | December 12, 2011
Refusing to name the Christ who comes at this time of year might sound self-aware. But......
Hacks Are Not Leaders
Frederick Schmidt | December 05, 2011
The role of a leader is not to make everyone happy, nor is the mark of a good leader......
Missing in Action? Men and Church
Frederick Schmidt | November 29, 2011
Why aren't men more actively engaged in church, if they go at all?...
Lead by Leading
Frederick Schmidt | November 22, 2011
When people walk through our doors we owe them the leadership that we have always owed......
Just 25? Renovare's Guide to Spiritual Reading
Frederick Schmidt | November 18, 2011
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Minting the Mainline
Frederick Schmidt | November 14, 2011
We are neither giving our congregations a good reason to give, nor are we forming......
From the Hand of the Sculptor: Gib Singleton
Frederick Schmidt | November 11, 2011
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The Issue-Driven Church
Frederick Schmidt | November 07, 2011
Life in the church has become like life everywhere in America: "Issues are Us." But......
The Triumph of Triumphalism
Frederick Schmidt | October 30, 2011
Triumphalism endlessly reinvents itself. The only cure is to refuse its temptations....
Washington “National” Cathedral
Frederick Schmidt | October 27, 2011
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Theology and White Noise
Frederick Schmidt | October 24, 2011
Theologians often misrepresent the Gospel and the church. Take the recent writings of......
Metaphor, Eulogy, or Malpractice?
Frederick Schmidt | October 17, 2011
If we don't have a distinctively Christian perspective from which to engage the world......
Doing God and Doing Church
Frederick Schmidt | October 16, 2011
If the Emerging Church movement has a contribution to make to Christianity, it is in......
Running with the Herd
Frederick Schmidt | October 09, 2011
While there are no doubt people involved in "Occupy Wall Street" with the best of......
At Rest in the Sanctuary of the Soul
Frederick Schmidt | October 08, 2011
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Taking God's Name in Vain
Frederick Schmidt | October 02, 2011
We join the bandwagons left and right, we parrot the wisdom of our politicians, and then......
Sing a New Song
Frederick Schmidt | September 27, 2011
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Surrender or Struggle?
Frederick Schmidt | September 25, 2011
In hard times, how do we distinguish between two very different kinds of letting go?...
The Jerusalem Syndrome
Frederick Schmidt | September 18, 2011
It is not enough to live out of simple narratives developed whole-cloth out of......
9/11: A Loss of Innocence?
Frederick Schmidt | September 11, 2011
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The War Within
Frederick Schmidt | September 11, 2011
The desire to erase the complexities and the fear of responding to evil is......
An America We Can Believe In
Frederick Schmidt | September 04, 2011
John F. Kennedy's "separation of church and state" speech to Protestant clergy in 1960......
Inclusive and Racist?
Frederick Schmidt | August 28, 2011
No one can blithely assume that by virtue of their political or religious affiliation......
How is it with your soul?
Frederick Schmidt | August 25, 2011
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Sex Ed in New York
Frederick Schmidt | August 21, 2011
New York's new sex education mandate proves that efforts at social control are not......
Debt and the Cost of Discipleship
Frederick Schmidt | August 14, 2011
We misunderstand the nature of the Gospel when we insist that the government has the......
Real Leaders Don't Use Fear
Frederick Schmidt | August 07, 2011
Real leaders offer specific plans for a way forward. If you are spending time trying to......
The “Life in the Real World” Excuse
Frederick Schmidt | July 31, 2011
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What Do Evangelicals Have That We Don't?
Frederick Schmidt | July 31, 2011
We can only console ourselves for so long by arguing "small is beautiful" or "we are too......
Religion Doesn't Kill, People Do
Frederick Schmidt | July 24, 2011
Religion is not the problem. The way in which religion is practiced is the problem....
An Intergenerational Covenant
Frederick Schmidt | July 17, 2011
What if older adults and younger adults made a pact to learn from each other instead of......
Sleaze, Slant, and Assassination
Frederick Schmidt | July 15, 2011
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Signs and Wonders
Frederick Schmidt | July 14, 2011
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Leaders are willing to lie because an increasing number of people are willing to say,......
The Casey Anthony Trial
Frederick Schmidt | July 06, 2011
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The Baby and the Denominational Bathwater
Frederick Schmidt | July 04, 2011
If denominations are dispensable, then why not disband them entirely and create a......
God is not on our side
Frederick Schmidt | July 01, 2011
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The Sensitivity Fix
Frederick Schmidt | June 26, 2011
Cultivating regard as a virtue -- or a habit of the heart -- is not finally about......
“Oh, Wow!”
Frederick Schmidt | June 25, 2011
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Wisdom is a Choice
Frederick Schmidt | June 21, 2011
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Wasteful Medicine
Frederick Schmidt | June 19, 2011
The last thing we need is a mindless, polarized debate that misrepresents the complexity......
Progressive Christian voices are so diverse that that it is difficult for the movement......
Rob Bell, Love Wins, and the End
Frederick Schmidt | June 14, 2011
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For Better, for Worse, and for God?
Frederick Schmidt | June 13, 2011
From a Christian perspective, marriage is a relationship that is meant to foster a life......
God's Politics? No Such Thing.
Frederick Schmidt | June 05, 2011
We aren't called to nation building. We are called to participate in the reign of God....
Just Tired of the S---
Frederick Schmidt | May 29, 2011
Don't be co-opted by soul-killing leaders. Focus on the God-given vocation that is your......
Saving the Samaritan
Frederick Schmidt | May 27, 2011
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Filtering Church
Frederick Schmidt | May 22, 2011
As the church relies ever more heavily on the web, it is worth considering the......
Ragged endings and hope-shaped lives
Frederick Schmidt | May 16, 2011
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Believe Out Begins with Believe In
Frederick Schmidt | May 15, 2011
If all that Progressive Christianity has going for it is that it is politically......
Wasted Words: Orthodoxy
Frederick Schmidt | May 10, 2011
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How the church selects leaders often bears more resemblance to hazing for membership in......
The Bully Culture: A Call to Resistance
Frederick Schmidt | May 01, 2011
Caving into bullies is the new apostasy. To face it squarely is to risk the new......
Easter Grief
Frederick Schmidt | April 25, 2011
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Easter Grief
Frederick Schmidt | April 24, 2011
In the wake of profound loss, talk about "process" and "closure" is emotional and......
Holy Saturday
Frederick Schmidt | April 24, 2011
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Head to toe
Frederick Schmidt | April 21, 2011
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The (Other) King's Speech
Frederick Schmidt | April 17, 2011
It's time to stop using the (other) king's speech when we worship....
The shape of the journey
Frederick Schmidt | April 14, 2011
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When Life Sucks
Frederick Schmidt | April 11, 2011
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When Life Sucks: On the Questionable Value of a...
Frederick Schmidt | April 10, 2011
The church doesn't exist to provide free group therapy or to simply organize others in......
Missed Opportunities: Spiritual Disciplines
Frederick Schmidt | April 09, 2011
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Augustine for Bishop
Frederick Schmidt | April 03, 2011
We have created an ecclesial climate in which it is hard to elect bishops who have the......
Missed Opportunities: Confession and Repentance
Frederick Schmidt | April 02, 2011
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Your Church has an Angel
Frederick Schmidt | March 29, 2011
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The stork doesn't bring babies and it doesn't bring a new generation of Christians......
Our seminaries are dying and the Master of Divinity degree has been discredited. Will we......
Nukes in Japan
Frederick Schmidt | March 18, 2011
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Noisy TV, Noisy Church
Frederick Schmidt | March 14, 2011
It's time to drop our fascination with noisy church and ask ourselves what it might mean......
Japan: Lessons learned in Vulnerability
Frederick Schmidt | March 12, 2011
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Running Away
Frederick Schmidt | March 07, 2011
Running away from debates in the church, or the government, is a betrayal of......
The altar between heaven and earth
Frederick Schmidt | March 06, 2011
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Holy Imagination
Frederick Schmidt | March 02, 2011
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Dreaming with God
Frederick Schmidt | March 02, 2011
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The World is Flat . . . and Shaky
Frederick Schmidt | February 28, 2011
On a global, national, and individual level, the roiling changes will require souls that......
Is a Social Network a Spiritual Network?
Frederick Schmidt | February 27, 2011
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Hollywood's Digitally Enhanced Religion
Frederick Schmidt | February 21, 2011
The gutted, empty model of religion that Hollywood offers has all the attraction of that......
Once-Now-and-Forever
Frederick Schmidt | February 18, 2011
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Leading by Letting Go
Frederick Schmidt | February 15, 2011
Most young people are disenchanted with the mainline church because they are quite......
Take your gift and say thanks
Frederick Schmidt | February 13, 2011
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Cairo, Philadelphia, and Self-evident Truths
Frederick Schmidt | February 07, 2011
The value of life is not universal and, as the saying goes, the practice of justice......
Sallyland Fundamentalists
Frederick Schmidt | February 03, 2011
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Bill Zeller: Last Words of a Lost Soul
Frederick Schmidt | January 31, 2011
What haven't been explored in Zeller's tragic last words are the spiritual lessons to be......
Free range Christian
Frederick Schmidt | January 28, 2011
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No More Random Acts of Kindness
Frederick Schmidt | January 25, 2011
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What Steve Jobs Can Teach Us
Frederick Schmidt | January 24, 2011
The Apple CEO's announcement to step down reveals two views of leadership. Both are......
Preaching the Gospel
Frederick Schmidt | January 21, 2011
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Who is my brother? Who is my sister?
Frederick Schmidt | January 20, 2011
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Here temporarily
Frederick Schmidt | January 19, 2011
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Thinking Hard
Frederick Schmidt | January 17, 2011
Thoughtful living requires the spiritual discipline to "think hard."...
Hiding in Plain Sight
Frederick Schmidt | January 13, 2011
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Leaving Behind Left-Behind
Frederick Schmidt | January 10, 2011
Once again, the end of the earth is in the news. What does this cultural preoccupation......
Demon Possessed Politics
Frederick Schmidt | January 10, 2011
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Spiritual Neuropathy
Frederick Schmidt | January 07, 2011
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Making a New Year
Frederick Schmidt | January 04, 2011
The doubts that we bring to this new year can be a life-crushing burden. Or they can be......
Words to live by
Frederick Schmidt | January 04, 2011
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Which New Year?
Frederick Schmidt | January 02, 2011
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Rent-free in my head
Frederick Schmidt | December 30, 2010
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Endings and the Christmas Story
Frederick Schmidt | December 29, 2010
To the extent that the original Christmas story was a story about power, then, it was a......
Hitting a religious nerve
Frederick Schmidt | December 24, 2010
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Something new for Christmas
Frederick Schmidt | December 21, 2010
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The Scandal of Atheist Campaigns against Christmas
Frederick Schmidt | December 20, 2010
I don't think the government's endorsement of my faith is good for the church. It......
Gurus and Gods: On Spiritual Direction
Frederick Schmidt | December 16, 2010
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Why is the Incarnation important?
Frederick Schmidt | December 15, 2010
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Always a pilgrim
Frederick Schmidt | December 14, 2010
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Forming Clergy or Credentialing Cheats
Frederick Schmidt | December 13, 2010
The church and its people don't need taco stands, nor do they need credentialed cheats.......
What do you need to hear?
Frederick Schmidt | December 12, 2010
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Therapy and spiritual direction compared
Frederick Schmidt | December 09, 2010
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Beauty, Sex and Manipulation
Frederick Schmidt | December 06, 2010
There's a popular cultural misunderstanding of beauty that regularly confuses it with......
Losing ourselves
Frederick Schmidt | December 05, 2010
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Grieving with hope
Frederick Schmidt | December 04, 2010
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Getting a grip on grief
Frederick Schmidt | December 01, 2010
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Humbug
Frederick Schmidt | November 29, 2010
Commercialism is no real threat to an authentic appreciation of Christianity -- never......
Understanding Grief
Frederick Schmidt | November 27, 2010
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We Thank You Just the Same
Frederick Schmidt | November 22, 2010
Rituals of thanksgiving are meant to shape a creative space in which a particular state......
When God gets angry
Frederick Schmidt | November 21, 2010
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Is God angry all the time?
Frederick Schmidt | November 20, 2010
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I'm as mad as hell. Should I feel guilty about it?
Frederick Schmidt | November 16, 2010
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Why Can't We Differ Without Damning?
Frederick Schmidt | November 16, 2010
Why can't we differ without damning one another? And why is this a spiritual issue?...
After the last sale
Frederick Schmidt | November 11, 2010
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Fundamentally Wrong
Frederick Schmidt | November 09, 2010
Can we differ? Absolutely. Can we debate with one another? Yes. But let's agree to be......
Eating as Affirmation
Frederick Schmidt | November 05, 2010
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The Question of Size
Frederick Schmidt | November 03, 2010
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God forgive us
Frederick Schmidt | November 02, 2010
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The Misery Sweepstakes
Frederick Schmidt | October 30, 2010
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Healing Church, Hurtful Church
Frederick Schmidt | October 29, 2010
Don't let disenchantment with the church rob you of your relationship with God....
Be careful what you pray for
Frederick Schmidt | October 29, 2010
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Are demons real?
Frederick Schmidt | October 26, 2010
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A dog’s life
Frederick Schmidt | October 25, 2010
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Happy Horse-Hockey: The Spiritual Landscape
Frederick Schmidt | October 25, 2010
Life is not about what we do or do not have. It is a journey into intimacy with God....
The thing is we all have our thing
Frederick Schmidt | October 23, 2010
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The Spiritual Landscape: "The Dave Test"
Frederick Schmidt | October 20, 2010
Welcome to a new weekly column reflecting on -- and inviting your conversation on --......
Cream of Wheat in a Pop Tart Culture
Frederick Schmidt | October 19, 2010
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What goes around comes around
Frederick Schmidt | October 18, 2010
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From the Director’s Chair: Bad Guilt
Frederick Schmidt | October 12, 2010
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From the Director’s Chair: Good Guilt
Frederick Schmidt | October 11, 2010
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Although is not because
Frederick Schmidt | October 09, 2010
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Family Values? Not so much.
Frederick Schmidt | October 05, 2010
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Just because you can doesn't mean you should
Frederick Schmidt | October 04, 2010
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From the Director's Chair: On Feelings
Frederick Schmidt | October 01, 2010
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Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors...
Frederick Schmidt | September 29, 2010
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Loving one another
Frederick Schmidt | September 28, 2010
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Healing church, hurtful church
Frederick Schmidt | September 23, 2010
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Did you find what you were looking for
Frederick Schmidt | September 22, 2010
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What do I really believe happens when we die
Frederick Schmidt | September 21, 2010
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The One
Frederick Schmidt | September 21, 2010
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Tom and Brandon
Frederick Schmidt | September 19, 2010
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The Teflon Directee
Frederick Schmidt | September 19, 2010
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The truth about truth v: Three prayers
Frederick Schmidt | September 17, 2010
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The truth about truth iv: Truth frees
Frederick Schmidt | September 17, 2010
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The truth about truth i
Frederick Schmidt | September 17, 2010
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The truth about truth ii: Truth lives
Frederick Schmidt | September 17, 2010
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The truth about truth iii: Truth loves
Frederick Schmidt | September 17, 2010
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Dreamwork
Frederick Schmidt | September 17, 2010
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The significance of planting trees
Frederick Schmidt | September 17, 2010
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There is no Yoda
Frederick Schmidt | September 17, 2010
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Obstacles and Problems
Frederick Schmidt | September 17, 2010
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What does a Yoda do
Frederick Schmidt | September 17, 2010
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