When People You Don’t Much Like Receive God’s Love

By Eric D. BarretoOur distaste for people who cut in line remains unchanged as we grow up. Whether someone gets to the front of the lunch line or the airport security check before us in an unfair way, our annoyance is raised. People who steal our parking spots during the Christmas season are the recipients of our worst thoughts. We might--just might--yell a string of expletives and death threats at anyone who has wronged us on the road or in a parking lot.It’s not just about being o … [Read more...]

Jesus’ Death and the Future of Violence: Mark 9:30-37

By Matthew L. SkinnerIf pondering Jesus’ crucifixion doesn’t make you uncomfortable, you probably aren’t doing it right.I’m not referring to the gore and humiliation, which makes crucifixion repulsive no matter who the victim is.Watch the Video: ON Scripture: Jesus Predicts His DeathMatthew Skinner, assistant professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary, discusses the Biblical text Mark 9:30-37, featured in the ON Scripture The Bible article, "Jesus’ Death and the Fut … [Read more...]

Sticks, Stones, and the Power of Words: James 3:1-12

By Rev. Dr. Eric D. BarretoWhy do we repeat adages we know are false? Why do we deceive ourselves with seemingly soothing words that instead burn invisible scars upon us? Why do we persist in the deception that words cannot harm?Watch the Video:ON Scripture: Speech Can Unite or DivideThe Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto, assistant professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary, discusses the Biblical text James 3:1-12, featured in the ON Scripture The Bible article, "Sticks, … [Read more...]


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