About Pastor Mark Schroeder

I am currently the Pastor at Concordia Lutheran Mission, authorized by Good Shepherd Lutheran, Roanoke, Virginia. I have been an AELC then an ELCA pastor since my Ordination April 24, 1983 until leaving the ELCA and being accepted by Colloquy, June 1, 2010. My wife is Natalie and we have three children, Luke, Talitha and Abraham.

“The ‘I’ of the Sermon”

For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. (2 Corinthians 4: 5) “The ‘I’ of the Sermon” is the title of a book that I purchased years ago.  The author … Continue reading

A Remembrance and a Reflection on a Mentor: Pastor Louis A. Smith

Introduction:  On the Festival of St. Andrew, Apostle, in 2004, at a joint chapter retreat of the Society of the Holy Trinity in Hickory, North Carolina,  a dear mentor and friend, Pastor Louis A. Smith died. On the 29th, after Compline, we had … Continue reading

Antichrist in America Again

“…it is manifest that the Roman pontiffs andtheir adherents defend godless doctrines and godless forms of worship, and it is plain that the marks of the Antichrist coincide with those of the pope’s kingdom and his followers. For in describing the … Continue reading

The Sin of Niceness

“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. (Revelation 3: 15-16) A dear friend … Continue reading

A July 4th Rumination on  Resident Aliens

The blessed Reformers did not invent but discovered the theology of the two kingdoms in the Bible.  Jeremiah wrote of this in terms of the way Israel would live in Babylon: 5 Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat … Continue reading

A Circuit Meeting Taught Me Again the Importance of the Liturgy

  Before our circuit meetings, the pastors come together for the Divine Service.  In a recent meeting, a retired pastor was the preacher.  He wore a sports jacket and tie.  He did not preach from the pulpit. He prefaced the … Continue reading

In the Town, but Not of the World

Here in the commonwealth of Virginia, we moved Concordia Lutheran Mission from Lexington to Buena Vista because we were led to find a great rental property.  We have now worshipped in our new location three Sundays, including today.  One of … Continue reading

Persecution is One of the Lord’s Precious Promises

We have been reading and seeing the persecution of the Lord’s Christians throughout the world: in Nigeria, in China, in Iraq, in Syria, in Egypt (nb:  4 of the 5 linked articles are dated within the last seven days of the … Continue reading

“Shuffle Off to Bethlehem” in the Age of Television

In 1985, Professor Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business  was published. Upfront, I think it is a “must read”. In a word, the book is about television. It is not merely about the … Continue reading

“When I was a child…”

Most articles about religion are about anti-religion.  This one caught my eye recently:  Why Millennials are Leaving the Church?.  Here is part of the author’s solution: But I would encourage church leaders eager to win millennials back to sit down and … Continue reading

A Reflection on the Commemoration of Martin Luther, Doctor and Reformer, 18 February, 1546, and the Commemoration of the Seminex Walkout, 19 February, 1974

This reflection is a comparison between two commemorations.  The first one is the death of Martin Luther, Doctor and Confessor, 18 November, 1546 and the second, the walkout at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis on 19 February, 1974.  This reflection was … Continue reading

“Der Führer Prinzip”

On January 30, 1933, Herr Adolph Hitler assumed the office of Chancellor of Germany according to their Constitution. On February 1, two days later, a young theologian, Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer gave a radio address entitled, “The Younger Generations’ Altered Concept … Continue reading

What Would Jude Say? We Know the Answer

For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. -Jude 4 Yet in like manner these people also, … Continue reading

Ad Fontes! Doctrine

When I was in the ELCA, as a pastor in Hudson County, NJ,  our urban coalition of Lutheran parishes (Hudson Evangelical Lutheran Parish or HELP) had weekly Bible studies.  Usually three of us more confessionally minded pastors would go afterwards … Continue reading

Reformation Treasures: Hymnody on The Commemoration of Philipp Nicolai, Johann Heermann and Paul Gerhardt: Hymnwriters and Confessors, 26 October

Almighty God, the apostle Paul taught us to praise You in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. We thank You this day for those who have given to Your Church great hymns, especially Your servants Philipp Nicolai, Johann Heermann, and Paul Gerhardt. May … Continue reading

Give Me that Old Time Religion

On October 15th,  Rev. Antje Jackelen was elected the first woman Archbishop of the Church of Sweden in a substantial win.  She joins the ranks of Rev. Elizabeth Eaton as Presiding Bishop of the ELCA.  Before those elections, the Evangelical … Continue reading

Affirming Christianity and the Rise of Islam in the UK

My wife works for a company headquartered in England and goes to the UK at least twice a year.   She usually stays with her boss and his family.  She worked at the plant which is located in rural England, … Continue reading

July 4th: Stand Fast!

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.-Galatians 5: 1 (NKJV) In his commentary on this verse [endnote 1], Luther points out that to stand … Continue reading

The Father Mulcahy Syndrome

In the TV show M*A*S*H, Fr. Mulcahy wonders if he really is useful in his pastoral/priestly duties, compared to “Hawkeye” and “Trapper” and the rest of the talented surgeons of the 4077. In one episode, in order to feel useful, Fr. Mulcahy … Continue reading

“What Does it Mean to be a Lutheran?”

Intro: The following citation is from Rev. Sasse’s Here We Stand (translated by Theodore G. Tappert), published in 1937 when the armies of the night were marshalling in both Church and State as “light” (cf. Matthew 6: 23 and 2 … Continue reading

My Radical Marriage Proposal: What God has joined together

Recently, here on BJS, and others have stated that our churches get out of the state marriage business.  I concur.  This is in response to the onslaught of gay advocacy for pseudogamy and the possibility of the government sanctioning the … Continue reading

Who Divided the Church?

In four years, we will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  For these five centuries, the Reformers have been accused of dividing the Church in 1517.  Not so. First, the Church is more than the church in the … Continue reading

Dictatorship of the Ecclesiatariat in Decorah

LUTHER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING HIS WITHDRAWAL Posted: Thu, Mar 7, 2013 7:15 PM Dr. Mark Hagerott, the finalist for the job of Luther College president, has issued this statement in the wake of his decision to withdraw his candidacy…see … Continue reading

“Gnostic Pride”

  From the novel, Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy (1971), the narrator, Dr. Tom More reflects: Saint Francis was Doris‘s favorite saint, not because he loved Christ but because he loved titmice… My poor wife, Doris, was ruined by … Continue reading

Ruminations on the Bishop of Rome’s Resignation

The last  pope to resign was in 1415, little over a century before the start of the Reformation. For us Americans who now think from cyber moment to cyber moment the talk of centuries sounds equivalent to geologic time and … Continue reading