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Luther Seminary's Bible Q & A

Matthew 20: God's Justice

Eric Barreto provides insight on Matthew 20 -- the parable of the landowner and the day laborers -- and what it tells us about God’s justice.

Watch this brief video to find out how different readers come to different conclusions around the same parable.

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The Bible on Sexuality and Marriage - Amy Marga

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard and Amy Marga. Article written by Amy Marga.

Adam and Eve and the Serpent (Notre Dame). Image credit: WikipediaThe Bible has quite a bit to say about sex. It depicts the benefits of human sexuality as well as its use as a tool of power that protects male honor. However, the only template for human sexuality in the Bible is God’s faithfulness to humanity as God’s covenant partner.

The Hebrew people gave sexual activity a worthy purpose: it was to provide families with children and increase Israel’s

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God Speaks to Job - Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathyrn Schifferdecker, Luther Seminary associate professor of Old Testament, talks about the conversation that God has with Job in Job 38.

"These speeches can easily be read as God beating Job down," said Schifferdecker. She also talks about how the divine speeches can also be seen as a way to view the creation, and humanity's place within that world.

"God shows all this to Job ... to expand his vision, to see the beautiful and wild and ordered world that God has created," said Schifferdecker.

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How Faithful Christians Come to Different Conclusions - Matt Skinner

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

Early Christian funerary monument - image by Nick Thompson licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Can we experience unified communities and faithful living when people disagree? If Christians take differing positions on ethical issues or can’t agree about a particular course of action, have they failed at listening to the Holy Spirit?

We do not always hear the Holy Spirit as an unmistakably uniform voice. What if that’s part of how the Spirit works? What if Christians can still

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Bible Reading Tip #30: Reading Assumptions

Original KJV page, early 17th century; image by Garry Willmore via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Dr. James Boyce offered the following notes in his Lay School of Theology class in Spring 2012, "How the Bible Came to Us: Its Writing, Use, and Authority." 

See the June 2014 Bible Reading Tip for more from this presentation.

 

ReadING assumptions

  1. We all interpret when we read.
    The church has from the beginning and still regularly differs in its hearing of Scripture

  2. We debate meaning for today.

  3. Experience and knowledge matter.
    Meaning comes out of reading the Scriptures,

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1 Thess 5: Words for Christian Life - Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner, Luther Seminary associate professor of New Testament, talks about the words that Paul passes along in 1 Thessalonians 5 to encourage Christians in their everyday life with one another.

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How to Talk with Young People about ‘Adult Content’ in the Bible - Michael Chan

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Podcast discussion featuring Eric Barreto, Michael Chan, Terri Martinson Elton, and Cameron Howard. Article written by Michael Chan.1

One day after class, a colleague asked about the day’s lecture topic. “Esther,” I replied. Smiling, she announced that Esther was her preschool daughter’s favorite story. “It’s a delightful story,” I said agreeably. Despite my cheery tone, I was quite certain that the version of Esther I discussed in class was not the same

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Bible Reading Tip #29: A Road Map for Readers

"Lake Wood, Uckfield - Sandstone Steps, Tunnel and Moss" by Dominic Alves via Flickr. Licensed under CC-BY 2.0.Dr. James Boyce offered the following notes in his Lay School of Theology class in Spring 2012, "How the Bible Came to Us: Its Writing, Use, and Authority." 

A Road Map for Readers

Read the Bible as a Living Word

  • Read with the expectation that understanding is new each day
  • Read watching for the surprises or the “speed bumps”
  • Read with expectation of complexity and diversity
  • Read in light of judgment and promise (law and gospel)
  • Read in light of the good news of God’s

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Revelation: Understanding "666"

Craig Koester provides a fascinating explanation of the number 666 as used in Revelation 13. Watch this brief video to find out what this biblical numerical riddle might mean, and what John's message for his readers might have been.

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Once Upon a Time: Kids and Story - Nancy Lee and Paul Gauche

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, Nancy Lee Gauche and Terri Elton. Article written by Nancy Lee and Paul Gauche.

“Once upon a time…”

C'era una volta... (Once upon a time) - 2 by Leonardo SagnottiThese four words have been igniting imaginations since the beginning of time. As long as there has been a story to tell, the fire of imagination has been fanning into flame all of the components of a good story: drama, plot and surprise, twists, turns and suspense, action, conflict and, often -- redemption, grace and hope. Generations

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