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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95 Theses on Church Control

Robert Schmidt October 31, 1999 Unless I am convicted by Scripture or plain reason, I do not accept the authority of Popes and Councils, for they have contradicted themselves.  My conscience is captive to the Word of God.  I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. …
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The Whole Church Is Christ’s Mission

Robert Schmidt Daystar Mission Conference, January 2004   The Mission Affirmations of 1965, what happened to them? Why didn’t they get off the ground? They were solidly Biblical, drawn on the experiences of missionaries all over the world, attuned to both the church and the world. What happened to them? Some might blame those folks…
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Women’s Ministry in the Mission of the Church

Robert Schmidt Editorial Note: Long before there was a Daystar online discussion group, Robert Schmidt received a phone call inviting him to become active in promoting women’s ordination in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Having come from the Nigerian mission field where, in addition to teaching at the seminary, he served as a chaplain to a…
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Roland Allen Republished

Robert Schmidt Editorial Note: In 2001 Robert Schmidt had the opportunity to visit with Hubert Allen, the grandson of Roland Allen and biographer of the famed missiologist. Together at Oxford’s Bodleian Library Dr. Schmidt and Mr. Allen re-examined Roland Allen’s unpublished manuscript, ”The Ministry of Expansion: The Priesthood of the Laity,” in anticipation of its…
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