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Luther Seminary's Bible Q & A

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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Mark: God on the Loose - Karoline Lewis

Karoline Lewis, associate professor of preaching and Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Homiletics at Luther Seminary, explains in this 3-minute video the value in reading Bible passages from a variety of translations.

She uncovers the way that different translators portray Jesus' baptism and death in the Gospel of Mark, and makes the point that the words we choose shape the way we see God's activity.

"God was located in the Holy of Holies, behind that temple curtain. But if God is not behind the curtain

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How Do Parents Share Faith with Kids? - Tim Coltvet

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"Family Band" by Benjamin Wald via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)As a pastor serving in the field of children, youth and family ministry who has sought to partner with parents in the faith formation of their child(ren), I am often saddened to hear parents who feel overwhelmed, inept, and quite frankly guilty about their role in passing on the God story to the next generation.

As a dad who has a 14- and an 11-year-old under my roof, I can assure you that none of us want to go down the parent-guilt road. To complicate matters, if we check our social media feeds

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Luke 10: Who Is My Neighbor?

Matt Skinner, associate professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary,  discusses the Samaritan parable in Luke 10.

Watch this brief video to learn how Jesus uses this parable to respond to the question, "Who is my neighbor?"

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Kids and the Bible: Drawing Children into the Christian Story - Terri Martinson Elton

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and Terri Martinson Elton. Article written by Terri Martinson Elton.

"Attention Grabbed" by Jeff Smallwood; under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike LicenseAs a kid my grandparents repeatedly told (and retold) the story of our heritage, of our Scandinavian ancestors and their roots. Over the years grandma and grandpa made the stories come alive with various traditions and practices. Now years after my grandparents have died, I can truly appreciate their commitment to connect me and my story to our family’s larger story.

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Bible Reading Tip: Responding to Evil & Suffering - Terence Fretheim

Weyden Deposition (detail)"Faced with the realities of suffering and evil, Christians can say something, but they cannot say everything or even as much as they might like to say."

That's how Terence Fretheim, Luther Seminary professor emeritus of Old Testament, leads off his article on God, evil, and suffering. 

Fretheim provides biblical perspectives in response to the theological approach offered by Paul Sponheim, Luther Seminary professor emeritus of Systematic Theology. (Read Sponheim's essay.) 

Fretheim cites

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Job: Friendship and Suffering - Dan Simundson

The late Dan Simundson, professor emeritus of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, talks about the role that Job's friends play in accompanying (or exacerbating) his suffering.

"Their intentions were good," said Dr. Simundson. "Their remorse and their compassion were genuine ... But as for many well-intentioned comforters, when they began to speak they were not always helpful. The words that they said were even sometimes rather hurtful. People can say harmful things even though they mean to be good

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Why Do We Suffer? - Kathryn Schifferdecker

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

"Lamentation," Giotto di Bondone.Why do people suffer? It’s a question as old as the Bible (or older) and as current as today’s newspaper. Someone we love dies. A child is abused or neglected. A tornado wipes out a whole town. And we ask, "Why? Why do people suffer?"

The atheist has no real problem here. Why do people suffer? Because that’s the way life is. Chance, circumstance, luck, whatever

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Whose Fault Is Jesus' Death? - Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner, associate professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary, discusses Jesus' trial before Pontius Pilate in Luke 23. Watch this brief video to learn about the text's ambiguity over who bears responsibility for Jesus' death.

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Tracing the Bible's Connections to Africa

Article by Dr. Alphonetta Wines, Ph.D.

"Holding a 900-year-old Bible" (Creative Commons image by sameskiesabove on Flickr)The Bible is and has been revered for centuries by many around the world. Though seldom recognized, it is fascinating to consider the diversity of the biblical text, whether one thinks in terms of geography, culture, characters, authors, editors, or theology.

In February, African-American History Month, it's a good time to recall both the diversity of the biblical text as well as African contributions to it and to the Christian faith.

Geographical and Cultural

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