Trinity's New Beginnings                                                                                                       March 13, 2019

In Memoriam: Edward Henry Schroeder, 1930-2019


“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a servant above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher and the servant like the master.” (Matthew 10:24-25)

When this column is posted on Wednesday, I will be in St. Louis attending the funeral of a beloved seminary professor, Ed Schroeder.

I am not a Trinity alumna. I grew up in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. I earned my M.Div. at Christ Seminary – Seminex, the “seminary in exile” established by those who were forced out of the LCMS in the early 1970s. Ed Schroeder was my first systematic theology professor and remained a mentor and friend until the end of his life.

Ed taught me that the Gospel is first and foremost God’s promise to us in and through Jesus.

Ed taught me to speak the Good News so that it is heard as good and so that it is heard as news, breaking into the routines and captivities of our lives.

Together with his own teacher Bob Bertram, Ed developed an exegetical, homiletical, and theological method known as “Crossings.” The Crossings method articulates the classic Lutheran distinction between Law and Gospel using the medical language of diagnosis and prognosis. We read the Scriptures to see how they diagnosis the human condition – the external problem (behavioral symptoms), the internal problem (our faithlessness), and the eternal problem (separation from God).  We then read those same Scriptures to see the prognosis offered for those who trust Christ – eternal healing (God in Christ for you), internal healing (faith as a gift), and external healing (the fruits of faith lived out in our daily lives). The task of theologians and preachers is to “cross” (pun intended) these insights from the text into the lives of their hearers. (You can learn more at

The first time I was in the Schroeder home, I remember seeing a simple wooden cross in the corner of the living room. It was the cross Ed had carried into exile the day that faculty and students walked away from the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, trusting that God would provide a way forward. And God did. And God still does.

Rest in peace, dear brother in Christ. You are in exile no longer. Welcome home.

The Rev. Kathryn A. Kleinhans, Ph.D.
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