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Luther Seminary's Bible Q & A

(One of) My Favorite Bible Passage(s) - Exodus 24-40

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Podcast features Luther Seminary professors Eric Barreto, Kathryn Schifferdecker and Sarah Henrich.

How to choose? Almost every script passage repays study by unfolding into a Word that matters deeply, often surprisingly.

Over the years, passages to which I’ve been asked to turn my attention rather than things that just “jumped out at me” have become my favorites. The realism and humility of Ecclesiastes 3:9-15, for instance, or the images of hope for all God’s people in

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Wonder and Inquiry - Diane Jacobson on Psalm 121

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My favorite Bible passage for today is Psalm 121.

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills-- from where will my help come?
2 My help is from the LORD, maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved; your keeper will not slumber.
4 In deed, he will neither slumber nor sleep, the keeper of Israel.
5 The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
6 By day the sun will not strike you, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
8 The LORD

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No Favorite, but Plenty of 'Aha' Moments - Fred Gaiser

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard and Fred Gaiser. Article written by Fred Gaiser.

When asked about my favorite Bible passage, my first response is that I don’t have one, and then, if I am feeling curmudgeonly, I add -- under my breath -- “and neither should you.”

The first half of that response is simply true. Nor would I quickly come up with a favorite color, movie, food, or season of the year. Apparently, I’m just not built that way.

The second part

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Psalm 23: God Is with Us – Kathryn Schifferdecker

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard and Kathryn Schifferdecker.
Article written by Kathryn Schifferdecker.

Like most believers, I love many different Bible passages, and different ones have been significant for me at different periods in my life. Lately, though, I’ve been particularly drawn to the 23rd Psalm. I know, that’s too much of a cliché to be taken seriously. But there’s a reason that many people, even if they don’t know any other passage of

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Acts 2: A Church of Prophets - Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner, professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary, marvels at Acts 2 and how Peter's sermon on the Day of Pentecost describes a church of prophets -- a church made up of believers whose job it is to interpret how God is at work in the world and in one another's lives. 

 

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Finding God in the Middle of Nowhere: Acts 8:26-40 - Eric Barreto

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard and Kathryn Schifferdecker.
Article written by Eric Barreto.

Have you ever found yourself at a strange point in life and wondered how you got there? Have you looked back at the coincidences and happenstance that brought you together with others in a particular place and time? That feeling of gratitude for God’s careful direction is one of the reasons that one my favorite texts in all of Scripture is a strange little story about a lonely

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Paul as Pastor: Karoline Lewis

In this short video, Karoline Lewis provides insight on the Apostle Paul as a pastor who cares deeply about communities of faith that are experiencing transition and conflict.

"I think sometimes we don't know what to make of Paul or what to do with Paul," says Lewis in the video. What we do is forget that these were struggling congregations that were experiencing real issues. "Paul writes these letters with those issues in mind, so they're very particular, they're situational, they're occasional.

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My Favorite Bible Passage – Cameron Howard on Ezra 3

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard and Kathryn Schifferdecker.
Article written by Cameron Howard.

When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests in their vestments were stationed to praise the LORD with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, according to the directions of King David of Israel; and they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the LORD,
           “For

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My Favorite Bible Passage – Matt Skinner

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard and Matt Skinner.
Article written by Matt Skinner.

I’m drawn to biblical passages that make me see differently. My capacity to imagine what’s possible for the world is limited, and my ability t