The Rev. Matthew L. Skinner ― a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister and biblical scholar ― is the featured writer in this week’s installment of “On Scripture ― the Bible” series.

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Skinner, associate professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in Minnesota, is a sought-after teacher, speaker and author whose interests focus on the Gospels and the book of Acts. 

His “ON Scripture” article ties the looming sequester and other troubling headlines to this week’s reading from Luke 13:1-9, in which Jesus tells a parable about an unproductive fig tree.

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