Matthew L. Skinner has taught at Luther Seminary since 2002 and is a longtime co-host of the popular Sermon Brainwave podcast produced by WorkingPreacher.org.
At Luther Seminary, Skinner teaches courses in the master's degree programs and in the doctor of ministry in biblical preaching program. His research and teaching gravitates mostly toward the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the cultural dynamics on display in those writings, and the Bible's ongoing importance for shaping Christian identity. He's animated by questions of how the Bible and our interpreting of it contribute to the life and theological imagination of congregations.
He earned his undergraduate degree at Brown University, where he majored in philosophy as an act of adolescent rebellion. Princeton Theological Seminary is responsible for granting him MDiv and PhD degrees.
His publications include the three-volume series A Companion to the New Testament (2017-2018), Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel: Encountering the Divine in the Book of Acts (2015), and The Trial Narratives: Conflict, Power and Identity in the New Testament (2010). He has also contributed to a number of published resources for pastors, teachers, and students, He has written for the websites Working Preacher, ON Scripture, and Huffington Post Religion. He is currently working on a book about how the various New Testament writings understand salvation and is about to break ground on a commentary on Acts that will be geared toward preachers and teachers.
An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Skinner teaches frequently in congregations and at workshops and conferences for church leaders. He enjoys working in the kitchen and garden, although he wishes he knew more about what he is supposed to be doing in both places. He resides online at www.matthewskinner.org