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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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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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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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The Bible and Justice – Mary Hess

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Podcast discussion features Kathryn Schifferdecker, Cameron Howard and Mary Hess. Article written by Mary Hess.

It is difficult to write a short piece about a term like “justice” in the Bible, because the concept is at once so central to the entire Bible, and yet so far from our contemporary understandings of that term.

We have to start with the fundamental heartbeat of the biblical text, a thrum which underlines our relationship with a living God who continues to reveal Godself to a

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How the Bible influences ethics – Alan G. Padgett

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Podcast discussion with Kathryn Schifferdecker, Cameron Howard and Alan Padgett. Article written by Alan G. Padgett.

When I converted to Christianity as a young man, I was new to the Bible and to the social conventions of the evangelical Baptist Church I soon joined. My long, flowing locks were troubling to many of my new church community (not to say my attire and attitudes) and I was approached by some who made the case that I should cut my hair. They did so on the basis of a single verse (1 Corinthians

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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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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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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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