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(One of) My Favorite Bible Passage(s) - Exodus 24-40

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Podcast features Luther Seminary professors Eric Barreto, Kathryn Schifferdecker and Sarah Henrich.

How to choose? Almost every script passage repays study by unfolding into a Word that matters deeply, often surprisingly.

Over the years, passages to which I’ve been asked to turn my attention rather than things that just “jumped out at me” have become my favorites. The realism and humility of Ecclesiastes 3:9-15, for instance, or the images of hope for all God’s people in

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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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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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Jesus & Banquets - Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner, New Testament professor at Luther Seminary, talks about Jesus and banquets. Meals, in the Gospel of Luke, are occasions for transformation, confrontation, and Jesus' pronouncements about individuals and ministry.

"There is a ton of food in this gospel -- no wonder [his enemies] called Jesus a glutton and a drunkard. ... Meals become theological settings by which talk about God is real, is cemented into the lives of human beings and societies that they live in."

Meals are places

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Luke 1: Opening the Gospel - Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner talks about the beginning of the Gospel of Luke, and how this gospel is telling a constructive story to build up people's faith.

"It's history, a story meant to instruct in faith, to give believers a sense of who Jesus is and how his ministry unfolded," said Skinner.

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Is God Affected by Our Prayers? - Terence Fretheim

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Kathryn Schifferdecker and Terence Fretheim.
Article written by Terence E. Fretheim.

When asked about their prayers, many people say that God has three answers available: Yes, No, and Wait (or some variation thereof). I invite you to consider an additional response: God has determined to answer prayers in a positive way, but God’s will to do so is being successfully resisted. This resistance may come from within ourselves (e.g., our arrogance), but it may

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