Histories, Prophets, Gospels, and all the Rest

As a kid, my Sunday School classroom had a little chart, showing all the books of the Bible and what categories they fit in. As a seven year old, I have to be honest that this meant very little to me, and I’ll be honest and say that for a long time, I never thought about it again. The Bible was the Bible and it simply was organized the way it was organized. As I got further into seminary, however, I became very interested in how the Bible was organized. The reason is because many of the categories are not…


Misconceptions abound about the world’s most common book

The Bible is one of the most important books in human history, and has shaped the lives and religious beliefs of billions of people around the world, for better or for worse. But for all it’s ubiquity, the Bible is still not very understood by a lot of people, even if they attend worship regularly. A lot of people, believers and non-believers alike, receive a lot of information about the Bible which may or may not be accurate. A lot of this has to do with what we know or can know about the Bible. …


Big Questions About the Big Book

The Bible is an important book. This is not a controversial statement. It’s sold an estimated 5 Billion copies as of 1995 according to the Guinness Book of World Records, and has been translated into thousands of languages over the last 2,000 years. In fact, many languages gained their first written form so that the Bible could be read in those languages. A majority of Americans have a Bible in their house, and those who don’t are never more than a couple of clicks away from it using a computer or phone. Sections of the Bible are read aloud at…


Get a good Sartre on the reading the Wisdom books

These books might seem intimidating, but they are worth diving in to.

Anyone who has dipped a big toe into the world of philosophy has had a brush with Existentialism. Existentialism is, in short, a philosophical school that explores what it means to exist. This can guide us through thinking about what the meaning of life is, the meaning of non-existence (i.e. death), etc etc. It’s kind of heady stuff, but it’s also easy to see why people are attracted to it. While the existentialist movement is generally traced back to Kierkegaard in the 19th century, it shouldn’t surprise us too much that people have been thinking about these kinds of problems…


Five Tips for Anyone, Regardless of Belief

The Bible can be a little intimidating for readers, but it commands a massive presence in our culture. The Old Testament is a sacred text to two world religions, and the New Testament is spiritually vital to as many as 2.4 Billion people. For two thousand years, the texts that comprise the Bible have been read, studied, and debated in nearly nearly every nation on earth and have appeared in nearly every language. At the same time, there have been intense debates, not only about how to read and interpret the Bible, but about who is allowed to do so…


Luther has a pretty campus, but you shouldn’t have to go there to learn about this stuff.

Why pay big bucks when you can learn from me for free?

I went to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota for two years. Originally I was going to be a pastor, but after working for a summer as an intern chaplain in a hospital, I wasn’t sure it was for me. I ended up graduating with a degree in the Old Testament, but the things I learned during my two and half years there have stuck with me. Here are five things in particular I picked up in Seminary that I wish more people knew.

1. The Bible repeats (and sometimes contradicts!) itself, and that’s ok!

This is a good place to start because it’s an old gem, but one only has…


You don’t have to go this far to set the mood for your game.

As vaccine rates in the US climb, some of us may be considering what a return to in-person RPG play looks like. While playing with my group digitally has had some unexpected benefits, I still long for the the experience of playing in the same room as my friends. Part of this is to avoid the inevitable tech issues that interfere with a good yarn, forcing you to repeat your narration or to recap for a player what happened before their turn. …


Home Movies featured only a handful of locales and purposefully unfinished backgrounds, creating a kind of stylistic ugliness that kept focus on the characters.

It started when I was in about fourth or fifth grade. My bedtime was at nine o’clock, but if my parents got distracted by something, I could watch TV in the basement long enough to see the switch: Cartoon Network’s kid-friendly fare would stop and a black screen with white text would announce that a new block of TV was about to start. I usually manage to see the thin piano intro and a couple minutes of improvised dialogue before I was collected and sent to my room. Obviously, as a child, it’s easy to be obsessed with the things…


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Roleplaying Games

Junior Lieutenant Oksana Boykova lay on her cot in the infirmary at the Buchholz Airfield. Until recently, it was a major airbase for the Luftwaffe. Now, it housed the 588th Night Bombers Regiment of the Red Army Airforce. Boykova had flown many dangerous mission with the 588th, as a pilot and Section Leader, and then as a navigator. But tonight she was recovering. A mission near embattled Berlin had resulted in a shattered windshield which had wounded her face, possibly even damaging her eye.

She listened in the waning dusk light as her comrades took off in their rickety Po-2…


About 35 years ago, Nintendo released Super Mario Brothers for the NES. It was not only the start of Nintendo’s flagship franchise, but also one of the most historically significant video games ever released. It spawned many imitators and influenced entire schools of game design. Its characters would go on to provide a friendly on ramp to gaming for many. People who otherwise might not get into racing games or fighting games might feel more comfortable playing Mario Kart or Super Smash Brothers, knowing that Mario and friends’ friendly faces would be there to greet them. …

Michael A Gold

Michael writes about history, religion, and the Bible. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and Netflix account.

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