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Articles by Joel Biermann

Proper 4 • Luke 7:1–10 • May 29, 2016
May 17, 2016 – 8:30 am | No Comment

Joel Biermann
At first blush, the central theme of this pericope seems to be faith and its remarkable residence in a Gentile centurion. That motif fits well with the preceding context. The centurion distinguishes himself not …

Character Matters
March 28, 2016 – 4:41 pm | 3 Comments
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”

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