Celebration of Biblical Preaching:
Preaching the story
Oct. 7-9, 2013

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Lectionary Study | Hotels | Parking | Restaurants

Annual Lectionary Study: the Gospel of Matthewtop
"The church's gospel" in Year A

In the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus speaks words of deep comfort("Blessed are the poor in spirit") and words of stringent judgment ("Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness"). It's a Gospel that speaks, sometimes in stark ways, about the fragility of faith, the importance of Christian community and the threats lurking in human nature and religious arrogance. Spend an afternoon reacquainting yourself with this rich and challenging Gospel, its portrait of Jesus Christ the teacher and fulfillment of the law, and its focus on equipping the church to navigate a sometimes confusing existence in an often hostile world. We will explore Matthew's narrative structure, its parables, its theological emphases and how it might resonate with life and ministry today. Our aim will be to 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 1:30-5:00 p.m.

Narrative Lectionary 2013-2014 workdays: the Gospel of John

From Christmas 2013 through the spring of 2014, the Narrative Lectionary will be based on the Gospel of John. 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 John
  • An overview of the 2012-2013 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 John)
  • Educational resources

Seminar Leaders: Craig Koester, Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary;
Karoline Lewis, Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Homiletics, Luther
Rolf Jacobson, Associate Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary
Tuition: $65
: Wednesday 1:30-5:00 p.m., Thursday 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)