Dr. Michael Chan

Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Organization: Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

Dr. Michael Chan currently serves as associate professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

In June 2022 he takes a new position as Executive Director for Faith and Learning at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.

Michael holds degrees from Pacific Lutheran University and Luther Seminary, and earned his Ph.D. from Emory University.

The author numerous articles, essays, and books, he is co-author with Rolf Jacobson of Introducing the Old Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey. Michael also hosts "The Gospel Beautiful" Podcast.

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Michael Chan: In a New Light

Tuesday April 26, 2022
Dr. Michael Chan says Ananias was called by Jesus to offer the light of God's love to a person set on extinguishing it. But that's what Jesus does--he draws us out of ourselves, out of our fear, and into the world for the sake of the gospel and the neighbor.

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AI for Ministry: A Purposeful Vision for A New Technology

Thursday October 26, 2023
When AI provides us with coherence and the confidence to share our stories, ministers can reinterpret these narratives through a theological lens. A chatbot cannot explain how lived experience relates to the cross, nor how death and resurrection are at work in one’s personal stories. So after hearing an individual's story, a minister can contextualize it within the broader narrative of how God is active in a particular time and place.

Michael Chan: An Answer to His Own Prayer: Reflections on the Work of God in the Book of Ruth

Friday August 18, 2023
The book of Ruth is one of the most charming pieces of literature every penned by ancient Israel’s storytellers. That same charm, in conjunction with its brevity, might lead one to conclude that Ruth is nothing more than a simple story about the foreign-born origins of David’s Moabite ancestor. Indeed, that would be a good and fascinating story in its own right.

Michael Chan: Disembarking the Heroic Path

Thursday September 29, 2022
The book of Ecclesiastes has something to say about the purpose of a human life and what we should be about in this world. But in stark contrast to the genre of the hero’s journey, Ecclesiastes is decidedly anti-heroic.