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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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What Does the Bible Say about the Cross? - David Lose

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and David Lose.
Article written by David Lose.

"Yellow Christ," Paul Gauguin.What does the Bible say about the cross? Quite a bit, actually.

But it doesn’t all agree. And while that may trouble those looking for absolute consistency among the four gospels, it also sheds light on the richness and variety of the ways the earliest Christians understood God’s work in and through the cross.

Imagine, for a moment, four artists who decide to paint a city. Because each

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The Bible, Stewardship and Money - Chick Lane and Grace Duddy

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, Chick Lane and Grace Duddy. Article written by Chick Lane and Grace Duddy.

a world of its own (Creative Commons image by Thomas Lieser on Flickr)What does the Bible say about money and possessions? Obviously, a lot. Someone has observed that other than the Kingdom itself, Jesus talks about money more than any other topic. The Old Testament has plenty to say about God’s generosity, our abundance, and both the responsibilities and the dangers of having material possessions.

At the heart of what the Bible says

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What's Your Favorite Part of the Christmas Story? - Craig Koester

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and Craig Koester.  Article written by Craig Koester.

Augustus Caesar

What is my favorite part of the Christmas story?

When I think of the story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, according to Luke 2, I am struck by its subversive quality. Luke tells the story in a manner that is challenging to both ancient and modern sensitivities. If we begin with the ancient context, the opening lines of the story take up familiar themes in the Roman world. The central

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Would Jesus Shop on Black Friday? - Rolf A. Jacobson

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

Treasures

 

Ask a Stupid Question...
Would Jesus shop on Black Friday? First of all, nobody knows. But -- in case you are the one person in North America who doesn’t know what Black Friday is -- Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. Which makes it the first day of the Christmas shopping season.

The day when there are crazy, door-busting, jaw-dropping, loss-leader sale prices on

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Five Most Interesting Old Testament Women (You May Have Never Heard of) - Diane Jacobson

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

Hagar with attribution: Creative Commons image by dithie on Flickr

I love the stories of the women in the Old Testament. Many we know well -- Ruth, Naomi, the matriarchs, Hannah, Esther, and more. So, a question: Who would make your list of the top five most interesting women of the Old Testament that most people have never heard of? Here are mine:

  1. Hagar, mother of Ishmael
    You've probably already heard of Hagar. But have you read her stories lately in

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Bible, God, and Natural Disasters - Terence Fretheim

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard and Terence Fretheim.
Article written by Terence Fretheim.

Firefighter in front of wildfire. (Creative Commons image by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region on Flickr)A regular rhythm of natural disasters has occurred in recent years, from floods in the Midwest, to fires in California and Colorado, to hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, to earthquakes in China and Haiti, to the tsunamis in Southeast Asia. The list is long.

Given this painful history, it is not surprising that the Bible’s pages are filled with references to natural disasters: the flood,

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What's with All the Begats? - Cameron Howard

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Podcast discussion with Luther Seminary faculty James Boyce, Eric Barreto, and Cameron Howard. Article written by Cameron Howard.

Ruth in the Field of Boaz, Julius Schnorr (1828) (Creative Commons image on Wikipedia)What's with all the begats? Do you skip over the genealogies when you read through the Bible? If so, you’re not alone. These long lists of names, usually joined by the famous “begat” in the King James Version or “became the father of” in other translations, often seem like tedious interruptions to otherwise riveting stories.

But genealogies

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Where Did the Bible Come From? - James Boyce

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Greek text on a stone wallPodcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and James Boyce. Article written by James Boyce.

Where did the Bible come from? For most Christians questions about the origins of the Bible are not just a matter of idle curiosity. Virtually all of us hold these writings we call the Scriptures as inspired by God and authoritative for faith and life.

But we do not always agree on what being “true” and “authoritative” means. By examining how these writings originated, we

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Bible Reading Tip #18: Read the Bible in a New Translation

by Pastor Clint Schnekloth

In previous months we've looked at how to pick a study Bible and where to read the Bible online.

Here's another way to study the Bible:

5. Read a fresh translation of the Bible

Many new translations of Scripture come out each year. It may interest you to read a translation other than the one you are used to. One of the best is the Common English Bible (CEB). The English is how it is spoken, today, and has a fresh feel to it. Try it out and see what you think.

Check back

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