Celebration of Biblical Preaching:
Preaching as divine and human drama
Oct. 6-8, 2014

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Lectionary Study | Hotels | Parking | Restaurants

Annual Lectionary Study: preaching the gospel according to mark through year b

“He comes to us as one unknown,” wrote Albert Schweitzer about Jesus, more than a century ago. Clearly, Schweitzer had been reading a lot of the Gospel according to Mark. This Gospel portrays Jesus as an enigma. His followers struggle to figure out how to respond to him. It appears Mark would rather show Jesus to us than tell us clearly who he is. Mark does not give us a theological guidebook; the Gospel prefers to draw people into a living encounter with Jesus the Christ. To borrow Schweitzer’s words again, through “an ineffable mystery,” we who endeavor to follow Jesus “shall learn in [our] own experience who he is.” That’s the implied, and sometimes unsettling, promise of Mark’s Gospel. Spend an afternoon re-acquainting yourself with Mark, its air of secrecy, its emphasis on the oppression people suffer, its bumbling disciples, its cast of strangers who express faith in inexplicable ways and its challenging invitation to follow Jesus on the way of discipleship. We will consider how a year’s worth of lectionary-guided sermons and educational opportunities can bring this Gospel to life, giving people a fresh encounter with the Jesus to whom it still bears witness.

Seminar Leader: Matthew Skinner, Associate Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary
Tuition: $45
: Wednesday, Oct. 8; 1:30-5 p.m.

Narrative Lectionary 2014-2015 workdays: the Gospel of matthew

From Christmas 2014 through the spring of 2015, the Narrative Lectionary will be based on the Gospel of Matthew. The workdays are designed for those who are using the Narrative Lectionary this year or are interested in learning more about the Narrative Lectionary. Sessions include:

  • An introduction to the unique themes of the Gospel of Matthew
  • An overview of the 2014-2015 Narrative Lectionary
  • The role that scriptural fluency plays in forming Christian faith
  • Preaching narrative texts
  • Worship resources for the Narrative Lectionary, particularly related to the Gospel of Matthew
  • Educational resources

Seminar Leaders: Rolf Jacobson, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary
Tuition: $65
: Wednesday, Oct. 8; 1:30-5 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 9 8:30-11 a.m.

Hotel Accommodations top

Housing is available at hotels near the Luther Seminary campus. Participants must arrange accommodation plans directly with the hotel they select. The following list was compiled for your information only and does not reflect recommendations by Luther Seminary.

  • Holiday Inn Express Roseville (More Information)
    2715 Long Lake Road, Roseville, MN 55113
    (Located off I-35W and County Rd C)
    (651) 636-5800
  • Four Points by Sheraton (More Information)
    1330 Industrial Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55413
    (Located at I-35W at Industrial Blvd)
    (612) 331-1900 or 1-800-325-3535
  • Best Western Bandana Square (More Information)
    1010 W. Bandana Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55108
    (651) 647-1637
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (More Information)
    1100 East County Road E (North on I-35E)
    Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
  • Marriott's Fairfield Inn (More Information)
    3045 Centre Point Drive, Roseville, MN 55113
    (651) 636-0680
    (Located off I-35W and County Road D)
  • Marriott's Residence Inn (More Information)
    2985 Centre Point Drive, Roseville, MN 55113
    (651) 636-7869
    (Located off I-35W and County Road D)
  • Courtyard by Marriott (More Information)
    2905 Centre Point Drive, Roseville, MN 55113
    (651) 746-8000
    (Located off I-35W and County Road D)
  • The Radisson (More Information)
    2540 Cleveland Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55113
    (Located off I-35W and County Rd C)
    (651) 636-4567
  • Days Inn (More Information)
    2550 Cleveland Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113
    (651) 636-7939
    Located off 35W and County Road D

Parking top

Please do not park on the residential sides of Fulham and Hendon Streets. Your car will be ticketed and towed by the city of St. Paul.

Local Restaurants top

Listing of local restaurants in the neighborhood of Luther Seminary (PDF)