Concordia Publishing House Podcast

Hosted ByElizabeth Pittman

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Deliver Us | Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing

In this episode of The Concordia Publishing House Podcast, host Elizabeth Pittman sits down with Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing to discuss his upcoming book, Deliver Us: God’s Rescue Story in Exodus.

Reed talks about the greatest parts of the book of Exodus, how we can relate it to our lives, and what the freedom described in Exodus means for us today. 

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 Show Notes:

Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing and host Elizabeth Pittman sit down to discuss Reed’s upcoming book, Deliver Us: God’s Rescue Story in Exodus, during this episode. Our host asks Reed about his insight into the rescue story and what it means for Christians today. He also explains his insight into different aspects of teachings found in the book of Exodus, such as what the books says about shame and worry. Reed also wraps up by speaking about how the story in Exodus ends with asking readers to look forward and what it gives us to strive for in our own lives.

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Instagram: @lessingr                                   
 Questions Covered

·        What are some lessons you’ve learned from students?

·        What’s your favorite part of teaching?

·        Tell us about Christ present, predicted, and patterned in Exodus.

·        You describe Exodus as one of the greatest books ever written. Why?

·        How is the exodus story our story?

·        Describe the historical context of Exodus.

·        What does Exodus have to say to us about shame and worry?

·        Tell us about “miraculous manna”.

·        What does “freedom” mean in Exodus?

·        When faced with our idolatry, what can we do?

·        Exodus ends by looking forward. Why should we stive for “todays” rather than somedays?


About the Guest

Rev. Dr. R. Reed Lessing serves as Professor of Theology and Ministry at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. Previously he was Senior Pastor at Saint Michael Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and before that, Professor of Exegetical Theology and Director of the Graduate School at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and received the B.A. in pre-seminary studies from St. John’s College, Winfield, Kansas, in 1981. He earned his M.Div. (1985), S.T.M. (1989), and Ph.D. (2001) degrees from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He was ordained into the office of the holy ministry on June 29, 1986. From 1986 to 1999, he served pastorates in West Monroe, Louisiana, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.