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 …
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?"
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 …
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.
Craig Koester provides an entry point into the letter to the Hebrews. Watch this brief video to find out about the nature of faith and the promise provided to people who face life's challenges.
Watch this brief video to find out what Scripture says about Mary, mother of Jesus, at different points in her life.
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 …
Kathryn Schifferdecker explores the lessons we can learn from Job 42, the epilogue of the book of Job. In particular, what do we make of Job's second set of daughters -- the ones given to him by God after his test is complete?
In this brief video, Kathryn Schifferdecker helps unpack a difficult passage for modern readers. "If one reads it closely, one can find a profound insight here about life and about how God values life," says Schifferdecker.
Schifferdecker explains that this chapter explains how the ancient Israelites were to slaughter animals for eating.
The prohibition among the ancient Israelites against eating blood (reinforced in Genesis 9) shows a profound respect for life. "You cannot kill an animal thoughtlessly …
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.