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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 to perceive the true nature of things is sometimes overly pessimistic. This makes me grateful for the Bible’s potential to urge me toward viewing my experiences and events around me in light of God’s grand intentions for humanity’s

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What Motherly Images for God Are in the Bible? - Amy E. Marga

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Podcast featuring Luther Seminary professors Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard and Amy Marga.

Article by Amy Marga.

The Bible offers a picture of God who mothers through the work of birthing, preserving, and nurturing God’s children. But such imagery is not without some tension.

God’s mothering work begins in childbirth, as most mothering work does. The sea leaps out of God’s womb (Job 38:8), and the ice is brought forth from God’s womb (Job 38:28-29). Creation thus is not just

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My Favorite Bible Passage - Rolf Jacobson

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard and Rolf Jacobson. Article by Rolf Jacobson.

You have turned my mourning into dancing!
   You stripped off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. -Psalm 30:11

One of my favorite teachers, Professor James Armstrong of Princeton Theological Seminary, used to say, “We teachers don’t have favorites ... and Dave Janzen is one of them.”

I feel the same way about the Bible. I was recently asked to blog about my favorite Bible

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The Best Way to Read the Bible? – Mark Throntveit

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Podcast discussion with Mark Throntveit, Eric Barreto, and Cameron Howard. Article by Mark Throntveit.

Let’s get one thing straight. There is no best way to read the Bible. Any way you are reading the Bible is good. It’s better to be reading the Bible once a week, standing on one foot, and wearing an orange fright wig than not reading the Bible at all! That being said, there are many ways to do so.

One time-honored way is to buy a new Bible for Christmas and then on New Year’s

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Desert Spirituality in Modern Times – Lois Farag

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Podcast discussion features Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard and Lois Farag.
Article written by Lois Farag.  

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; … And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."  - Colossians 3:16-17

Scripture is the cornerstone of the monastic movement begun in the 3rd century by Christian men and women who lived in the deserts of Egypt.1 These monastics were reading Scripture,

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John 3: Being Born Again - Craig Koester

In this brief video, Craig Koester talks about Jesus' encounter with Nicodemus in John 3, and what it means to be "born again" or "born from above."

Koester, who is Professor and Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Chair of New Testament, said: "For John, the idea of new birth is really the importance of faith; so it's really an invitation to faith."

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Icon to iPad: Bible in American Life – M. Granquist

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Podcast discussion features Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard and Mark Granquist. Article written by Mark Granquist.

When I was in college I knew guys who spent their summers going door-to-door in the South, selling Bibles and other related books. They told me that by far and away their best seller (and biggest profit) was a huge, hulking family Bible the size of a small car. This edition of the Bible had everything: an ornate, gilded and embossed cover, plenty of color illustrations, dictionaries and

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John 1: What Does Grace Mean? - Karoline Lewis

What does "grace" mean?

In this brief video, Karoline Lewis, associate professor of preaching at Luther Seminary, talks about this much-used theological term. She unpacks the first chapter of John's Gospel, where "grace" is used four times in 18 verses.

"The rest of the Gospel doesn't tell you about grace; it shows you what grace looks like," said Lewis.

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Angels in Our Time - Michael Rogness

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Podcast discussion features Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard and Michael Rogness. Article written by Michael Rogness.

“Do angels still exist today?” Of course they do. Can you imagine God telling the heavenly host of angels, “You’re all done with your work”?

Much to my surprise, and probably to the surprise of those who know me, I have become somewhat of an authority on angels. It started with a sermon, which led to a seminary course for lay people, which in turn led to

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Revelation: The Beast and the Lamb - Craig Koester

In this brief video, Prof. Craig Koester of Luther Seminary addresses the question: What significance do the beast and the lamb hold in Revelation?

"What Revelation does is invite you into relationship with the lamb (Christ), while seeking to alienate you from those powers represented by the beast," said Koester.

 

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