Martin Luther and the Jews

September 29, 2014
Dr. Strobert interviews Dr. Brooks Schramm (Kraft Professor of Biblical Studies)and Dr. Kirsi Stjerna (Professor of Reformation Church History) at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and co-authors of Martin Luther, the Bible, and the Jewish People: A Reader about Martin Luther and his perspective on the Jewish people.  Highlights of this discussion include:
1. Martin Luther’s perspective on the Jews comes from his scholarly work as a professor of Old Testament.
2. The social context of the Jews as a people of 'fragile communities' must be considered in discussions.
3. Martin Luther never personally encountered a Jewish person.
4. The importance of the printed word was an important component in publicizing Luther’s unique views on Jews.
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Making Aging an Adventure

September 15, 2014

Dr. Christianson talks to Stephen Niebler, Executive Director, Adams County Council for Aging about important issues around aging.  How to avoid family conflicts over the right to die as in the cases of Casey Kasem or Terri Schiavo. What to do when you suspect abuse of an older person-- financial, physical, or emotional. The most important local issues that impact on the aging:  transportation, housing, trying to understand complicated forms—in health, banking, Social Security, etc.

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Lutheran Monasticism: Contradiction in Terms?

September 1, 2014

What do monks do all day and what is their value in modern society? Is a Protestant, specifically Lutheran monastery a contradiction in terms? Listen to the story of St. Augustine’s House, a Lutheran monastery in Oxford, Michigan and how Father Jude, formerly the Rev. Donald Motaka, found his way there with your host Dr.Christianson.

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