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      September 28, 2019

      Saturday   9:30 AM

      324 Chestnut Street
      Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201

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      School for Lay Ministry with Dr. Skinner

      "Reading, Teaching, and Preaching the Gospel according to Matthew" With Dr. Matt Skinner     Matthew can feel like a Gospel of extremes. Sometimes it highlights the deep comfort Jesus provides (“My yoke is easy, and my burden is light”). Other passages emphasize judgment, often in harsh terms (“Throw him into the outer darkness!”). As it tells its story about Jesus, it speaks, sometimes in jarring ways, about the fragility of faith, the importance of Christian community, and the threats that lurk in human nature and religious malpractice. On September 28 we will carefully examine Matthew's portrayal of Jesus and the good news he announces. We will pay attention to what makes this Gospel distinctive within the New Testament, explore its sense of urgency and its prominent themes, learn about the historical realities that influenced the book, and consider how Matthew can inform our faith and life. No matter what level of familiarity or unfamiliarity you might already have with Matthew’s Gospel, our time together will help you become a more insightful reader, teacher, and preacher of this influential book. Dr. Matt Skinner joined Luther Seminary's faculty in 2002, having earned is Ph.D. in biblical studies from Princeton Theological Seminary, where had ha previously completed his M.Div. and served as a teachign fellow and visiting lecturer.  In 1990, he received is A.B. degree magna cum laude, with a concentration in philosphy, from Brown University.  In more recent years he has conducted advanced research at the Center of Theological Incquiry as a member-in-residence and a writing fellow.Skinner's teaching experience covers the full range of the New Testament canon.  His courses focus on teh original, ancient settings and circumstances surrounding the creation and preservation of biblical writings as well as how this literature continues to be experienced and interpreted in congregation and other public venues.Full Bio TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:9:00am - Check-In9:30am - Opening10:15am - Session One 11:30pm - Lunch 12:30pm - Session Two2:00pm - Break2:30pm - Session Three3:15pm - Closing Devotions3:30pm - Sending  *please note we're starting at 9:30am, with check-in at 9:00am Cancellation Policy: - Sorry, no refunds can be given for no-shows or cancellations. - You may send a friend in your place should you be unable to attend.  

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