Rethinking Christ’s Mission to America

Robert Schmidt Several years ago, I attended a “Rethinking Forum” in Pune, India.  It was about rethinking Christ’s mission to Hindus.  Traditionally the Christian church did well among the Dalits, sometimes called the untouchables.  These had little or no status in Hindu society and welcomed the Christian message.  Connected with the Dalit congregations and coming…
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The Kingdom Church

Dr. Robert Schmidt Editor’s Note: For an preliminary article to this one, see Dr. Schmidt’s earlier essay, “Evangelism of the Kingdom,” The Daystar Journal (Summer 2019). Jesus’ Evangelism Message Jesus’ good news was that God’s Kingdom was at hand, it was near. It was good news because the people knew the promises of the prophets….
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Apocalypse, Jubilee, and Church

Some Theological Reflections on the Pandemic By Robert Schmidt The death toll is staggering. The four horsemen are almost visible as they sweep through Wuhan, Milan, and New York, leaving in their wake makeshift morgues and deserted funerals. But they ride on through the slums of Delhi, Kenya’s Kibera, and the streets of Ecuador now…
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Evangelism of the Kingdom

Robert Schmidt* Introduction Yes. there is  the Lutheran “Law and Gospel” approach,”  Campus Crusade’s “Four Spiritual Laws,” and Evangelism Explosion’s question, “How do you think you can get into heaven”?  But now, hesitant to make evangelism calls, we recently have tried to make the church more attractive to others. If they come, they will hear…
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For Crying Out Loud

Reflections on Walter Brueggemann’s The Prophetic Imagination by Robert Schmidt Have you noticed the “numbness?” Citizens of the most powerful nation on earth are in a funk.  No, don’t pay attention to the wordsmiths who make their living championing and bashing.  Look rather at the bus riders, the shoppers, the teachers, and the clerks.  Then…
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Reformation Irony

Robert Schmidt While the Synod celebrates the 500th anniversary of Reformation, its president, his curia, and supporters are acting far more like the sixteenth-century Roman Church than the Luther they honor and extol. The celebration includes President Harrison leading “The Lutheran Mile,” an informative tour of the sites of the Reformation. The Luther film is…
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The Kingdom Ours Remaineth

Robert Schmidt “We won’t worry about the election. We are Lutherans and believe that there are two kingdoms. Though Trump won one, he didn’t, and couldn’t touch the other.” That’s the Kingdom of God’s grace.” But what does God’s grace include? Might it have something to do with the Old Testament promises about a new…
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A Remnant’s Vision

Robert Schmidt The last gavel has been struck; the convention is over.  No more licensed deacons and plans are underway to find an easier way to rid the Synod of honest dissenters.  Moderates are mostly retired and  mission minded folks are concentrating on better practices, not a better administration.  Three years from now there will…
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Transformation of the Church

Robert Schmidt Portland Daystar Conference January 17, 2000  Introduction As the Christian Church greets the 21st century, it does so with some trepidation and gloom. The old idea of a “Christendom” where Christians set the agenda and sought to translate their values into the society is almost gone. Instead, active Christians find themselves in a minority…
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Explanations of the 95 Theses on Church Control

Robert Schmidt Editorial Note: The following is a set of explanations to Dr. Schmidt’s “95 Theses on Church Control.” Those theses can be read here.   It is manifest that ordination administered by a pastor in his own church is valid by divine right.  Consequently, when the regular bishops become enemies of the Gospel and…
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