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Articles by Joel Biermann

Character Matters
March 28, 2016 – 4:41 pm | One Comment
Character Matters

Letting virtue ethics out of the (academic) bag…with a free, five-part Bible study.

Proper 23 • Hebrews 3:12–19 • October 11, 2015
September 29, 2015 – 8:45 am | No Comment

By Joel Biermann
This text hardly ranks among the most popular or familiar of those gathered in the pericopes; but with its stern warnings, emphasis on Christian responsibility, and explicit OT imagery, it serves nicely as …

Making the Case for Character
February 25, 2015 – 5:15 pm | No Comment
Making the Case for Character

Thanks to a generous grant that covers all travel costs, Joel Biermann is now available to lead seminars based on his book “A Case for Character.”

A (Lutheran) Case for Character
May 20, 2014 – 9:55 am | 5 Comments
A (Lutheran) Case for Character

Can Lutheran doctrine and character formation go together?

Christmas 1 • Isaiah 63:7–14 • December 29, 2013
December 17, 2013 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By Joel Biermann
Israel, God’s rebellious son, God’s adulterous bride, remains always the unexpected recipient of God’s greatest giving. He even intervenes for Israel as a Savior who chooses to suffer affliction for the sake of his chosen …

The Job Description
July 31, 2013 – 10:45 am | 5 Comments
The Job Description

What is a pastor? In this season of ordinations, an ordination sermon from Joel Biermann.

Proper 12 • Colossians 2:6–15(16–19) • July 28, 2013
July 16, 2013 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By Joel Biermann
True to form, Paul uses the first verse, bluntly to declare his point: you received Jesus Christ the Lord, so walk in him. The rest of the pericope simply unpacks the admonition in …

All Saints’ Day • Revelation 7:2–17 • November 4, 2012
October 23, 2012 – 7:00 am | One Comment

By Joel Biermann
Opportunities to preach on the Apocalypse are rare enough, but when presented with a text as powerful and beautiful as this, one should not pass it up. Not only is the imagery rich …

“From Sea to Shining Sea: A Christians’ Perspective on America and its Politics”
June 19, 2012 – 10:30 am | One Comment
“From Sea to Shining Sea: A Christians’ Perspective on America and its Politics”

Joel Biermann’s Lay Bible Institute Video Files

Proper 29 • Matthew 25:31–46 • November 20, 2011
November 10, 2011 – 1:00 am | No Comment

by Joel Biermann
This is a difficult text. Not that it is difficult to understand. In fact, it is altogether too easy to grasp the meaning, which is precisely what makes it difficult. There is no question …