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Jesus and the Samaritan Woman – John 4

This week’s lesson is on Jesus and the Samaritan Woman. Somehow I worked in a reference to Harry Potter for this lesson – can you guess how and why?

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus – John 3

The special guest this week is Rev. Dr. James Gimbel, president of Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton, Canada, (whom I affectionately call “Dad”) and features a bit of some father-son banter, so check it out!

Jesus Clears the Temple – John 2

Here are the links to the podcast for this week on Jesus Clears the Temple. There is another song at the end of this episode too, so be sure to check it out!

Jesus Changes Water into Wine – John 2

I’m a little late getting the podcast ready for this week, but I am planning to continue it this spring!  Here’s this week’s episode with a bonus song at the end that ties into the podcast:

Christmas Special

Our “Special Guest” this session is once again the dramatized ESV version of Luke 2.  Listen in for some fun facts and trivia about the real story of Christmas!
One good source of Christian artwork that I go to often is from the Art in the Christian Tradition website at the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.  Here’s a link to the search results for Luke 2 this week.

Advent Special

This is a brief look at some of the suggested Biblical prophecies and fulfillment as well as some other general Advent themes.
If you would like to dig deeper this week, please see the “Prophecies of the Coming Messiah” excerpt from the Lutheran Study Bible.
As I mentioned on the podcast, Handel’s Messiah is another excellent source of prophecies and fulfillment.  I’ve had a great time digging deeper into the Bible passages in the Messiah and the music too.  The best version of the Messiah that I have found is on Youtube here and is good to enjoy year round!

David Becomes King – 1 Samuel 16 and 2 Samuel 5

To dig deeper on church and state / government and leader issues, check out these links:
Luther’s catechism on the Table of Duties (scroll down a bit to see the Bible passages on the duties of government and of citizens)
Lutheran Hour Ministries’ video-based Bible study called “We The People: Citizens of Two Kingdoms

David and Jonathan – 1 Samuel 18 and 20

This week’s special guest is Danielle Mizel, in addition to our dramatized audio Bible.
Among the topics discussed on the podcast was the nature of the relationship between Jonathan and David. Some have suggested that they were in a homosexual relationship, but that is not how the Bible truly paints it.  For a more in-depth commentary on this particular topic, the LCMS has provided a document called “God’s Gift of Sexuality – Frequently Asked Questions.”  Find the reference to David and Jonathan on pages 8 and 9.

Reformation Special

This week’s special commentary comes from the Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Men’s Network Bible studies, called “A Man Named Martin.”  The series has two parts, and you can watch the videos here: Part 1 Part 2  I highly recommend this series to you and anyone else looking to dig deeper into Martin Luther and the Reformation.

David and Goliath – 1 Samuel 17

The lesson is David and Goliath and the Bible text is 1 Samuel 17. Our special guest for this episode is Holy Cross member and trained DCE Mike Kahler, so we thank him for his time and insights. Stay tuned for a special Reformation episode next week!

Saul Becomes King – 1 Samuel 8-11

The lesson this week is Saul Becomes King and the Bible text is 1 Samuel 8-11.

God’s Servant Samuel – 1 Samuel 1-3

The lesson is God’s Servant Samuel and the Bible text is 1 Samuel 1-3. Our special guest for this episode is Vicar Joshua Ulm, a seminary student that was with us last year. There are lots of great insights and activity starters for this week’s lesson!

Ruth – Book of Ruth

No special guest for this episode, but we’ve got one scheduled for next week!

Samson – Judges 16

The lesson is Samson and the Bible passage is Judges 16.  Our special guest for this episode had pneumonia and will be with us for a later episode.

Gideon – Judges 6-7

The lesson is Gideon and the Bible passage is Judges 6-7. Our special guest for this episode is the Rev. Chris Mizel at Child of God Lutheran Church and School.

Deborah – Judges 4-5

The lesson is Deborah and the Bible passage is Judges 4-5.  Our special “guest” for this episode is the dramatized ESV audio Bible, available for free through Faith Comes By Hearing.  They offer one free Bible version download you can use too.  (Mine is 2001/2007 English Standard Audio Drama Complete).

The Fall of Jericho – Joshua 6

The lesson is The Fall of Jericho and the Bible passage is Joshua 6. Many thanks for special guest Rev. Dr. Jim Gimbel (also known to me as “Dad”) for his appearance on this episode.

Entering the Promised Land – Joshua 3-5

Our first week of audio for the Sunday School teachers is done and posted on the website! With the short week, we started with the lesson for August 28 on Entering the Promised Land. Danielle was our guest host this time, and we both had a good time recording it!