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Karoline M. Lewis

Karoline M. Lewis

Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching and The Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching

  • Ph.D. (Emory University)
  • M.Div. (Luther Seminary)

Biography

The Rev. Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary and she previously taught at Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Augsburg College.

Lewis is the author of SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry (including an accompanying facilitator guide, participant guide, and DVD) and John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries, as well as numerous articles for The Christian Century, Feasting on the Word, Feasting on the Gospels, Currents in Theology and Mission, Lutheran Forum, Word & World, Abingdon Preaching Annual, and Odyssey Network's ON Scripture. She was one of the 100 religious scholars in the United States to contribute to the Values and Voices Campaign (valuesandvoices.com).

Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Lewis holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.), Luther Seminary (M.Div.), and Emory University (Ph.D., New Testament Studies and Homiletics). She has served as Treasurer of Academy of Homiletics and Regional Coordinator for the Upper Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Lewis is a regular preacher/presenter at the Festival of Homiletics and leads conferences, workshops, and retreats internationally on the Gospel of John, the New Testament, interpreting the Bible, preaching, leadership, and women in ministry. She is a contributing writer for Working Preacher, author of the site’s Dear Working Preacher column, and co-host of the site's weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave. Visit karolinelewis.com for resources on preaching and being a woman in ministry.

Featured Work

John

John

Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries series (November, 2014)

Proclaiming John’s interpretation of the Christ event Karoline Lewis draws together the strengths of two exegetical approaches to the Gospel of John in this volume of the Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries series. Lewis takes a broad thematic approach to the Gospel while at the same time giving exegetical and homiletical insights about individual pericopes. With attention to both liturgical interpretation and exegetical analysis, Lewis provides a unique preaching resource that will build biblical literacy by assisting both preachers and listeners in understanding John’s Gospel as a whole, not just a collection of vaguely related stories. Those who peruse these pages will discover anew how John’s story of Jesus shapes and gives worth to being a disciple for the sake of the world God loves. In other words, the intent of this commentary is to invite the reader into an encounter with the Jesus of John’s Gospel. Such an encounter witnesses to how an experience of the Jesus of John actually matters. Readers, preachers, and their parishioners will have a deeper appreciation of the book’s unique interpretation of the Christ event and how that influences their approach to living the Christian faith in today’s world.

John

She: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry

She: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry

Abingdon Press (May 2016)

We are not all the same. The time has come for us to honestly name the ways we are different and similar so that we can serve together in unity, grace and trust. Women in ministry experience unique challenges in their church settings which continue to hinder their vocational, professional, and personal success. Women in ministry need a trusted and comprehensive resource not only to be able to survive but to thrive in their places of call. She provides theoretical, theological, and practical frameworks and strategies for flourishing as a woman in ministry and engages critical reflection on the practice of ministry in light of current feminist theory, biblical interpretation, and experience. Covering everything from biblical arguments for and against women in the church to what not to wear, this book offers background information and tools for negotiating the many and varied issues that woman in ministry face, including leadership, the authority and office of the clergy, and structures and power in the church. A trusted and comprehensive resource for women in ministry, equipping them to thrive in their places of call, and for the men who serve alongside them.

She: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry

She: Participant Book: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry

She: Participant Book: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry

Abingdon Press (Feb. 2017)

Women who serve as clergy or in other church leadership roles experience ministry differently than men do. They offer remarkably powerful gifts, but their pathways are full of obstructions and thorny challenges. Compounding this problem is the fact that there often is an assumption that these issues have been solved; women are ordained, have been ‘granted’ their places, end of story. But in fact the issues have not been solved; they are just masked, disguised or buried below the surface.

Karoline Lewis’s best-selling book SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry addresses the problem. SHE covers everything from biblical arguments for and against women in the church to what not to wear. With startling clarity, Lewis reveals the underpinnings of sexism and examines issues of identity, authority, sexuality, authenticity, embodiment, boundaries and self-care. She guides the reader to develop a personal theology of leadership. Lewis is a scholar and clergywoman, and her book is practical, insightful, and thought-provoking.

The SHE study is the essential next step, helping pastors & other leaders to process the information and apply it in their own lives and ministries. It is a five-session group experience for clergy, staff and laity, women and men. It includes a Participant Book, which serves as a personal workbook and journal. It also includes a DVD with brief segment starter videos featuring the author. The facilitator’s guide is included on the DVD and available for download online.

She: Participant Book: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry

Courses

EL 4561 50WOMEN IN MINISTRY-ONLINE Spring Semester 2017-2018

This course engages critical reflection on the practice of ministry in light of current feminist theory and theology, feminist biblical interpretation, issues of gender, and the very real experiences women face when entering various roles in the church. Presentations and discussions will focus on leadership skills and strengths in conversation with contemporary feminist and gender studies, the authority and office of the clergy, women’s roles in past and present ecclesial structures, sexism, and constructions of power in the church.

PR 0510 50FOUNDATIONS OF BIBLICAL PREACHING Spring Semester 2017-2018

Proclaiming the gospel reveals the word of God incarnated in the world and in the life and ministry of Christian communities. This course introduces the fundamentals of biblical preaching with the primary goal of helping students integrate their own unique voice with how biblical texts connect to the daily life of faith. By nurturing the skills of effective and moving communication - including faithful biblical interpretation, consideration of the role of the sermon in congregational worship, use of language and imagery, and embodied delivery - this course helps students develop interpretive, creative, theological, homiletical, and practical disciplines that will inform and shape their preaching and lay the groundwork for lifelong learning and discovery. Close attention is given to how biblical preaching equips discipleship, forms communities eager to engage the Bible, and empowers witness in the world. Prerequisite: OT0115 or equivalent (SG0701 or SG0702 Scripture and Its Witnesses) AND NT0215-0219 Synoptic Gospels or equivalent

PR 0510 01FOUNDATIONS OF BIBLICAL PREACHING January Term 2017-2018

Proclaiming the gospel reveals the word of God incarnated in the world and in the life and ministry of Christian communities. This course introduces the fundamentals of biblical preaching with the primary goal of helping students integrate their own unique voice with how biblical texts connect to the daily life of faith. By nurturing the skills of effective and moving communication - including faithful biblical interpretation, consideration of the role of the sermon in congregational worship, use of language and imagery, and embodied delivery - this course helps students develop interpretive, creative, theological, homiletical, and practical disciplines that will inform and shape their preaching and lay the groundwork for lifelong learning and discovery. Close attention is given to how biblical preaching equips discipleship, forms communities eager to engage the Bible, and empowers witness in the world. Prerequisite: OT0115 or equivalent (SG0701 or SG0702 Scripture and Its Witnesses) AND NT0215-0219 Synoptic Gospels or equivalent

PR 0510 01FOUNDATIONS OF BIBLICAL PREACHING Fall Semester 2017-2018

Proclaiming the gospel reveals the word of God incarnated in the world and in the life and ministry of Christian communities. This course introduces the fundamentals of biblical preaching with the primary goal of helping students integrate their own unique voice with how biblical texts connect to the daily life of faith. By nurturing the skills of effective and moving communication - including faithful biblical interpretation, consideration of the role of the sermon in congregational worship, use of language and imagery, and embodied delivery - this course helps students develop interpretive, creative, theological, homiletical, and practical disciplines that will inform and shape their preaching and lay the groundwork for lifelong learning and discovery. Close attention is given to how biblical preaching equips discipleship, forms communities eager to engage the Bible, and empowers witness in the world. Prerequisite: OT0115 or equivalent (SG0701 or SG0702 Scripture and Its Witnesses) AND NT0215-0219 Synoptic Gospels or equivalent; Course must be taken before internship

EL 4561 01WOMEN IN MINISTRY Spring Semester 2016-2017

This course engages critical reflection on the practice of ministry in light of current feminist theory and theology, feminist biblical interpretation, issues of gender, and the very real experiences women face when entering various roles in the church. Presentations and discussions will focus on leadership skills and strengths in conversation with contemporary feminist and gender studies, the authority and office of the clergy, women’s roles in past and present ecclesial structures, sexism, and constructions of power in the church.

PR 0510 50FOUNDATIONS OF BIBLICAL PREACHING Spring Semester 2016-2017

Proclaiming the gospel reveals the word of God incarnated in the world and in the life and ministry of Christian communities. This course introduces the fundamentals of biblical preaching with the primary goal of helping students integrate their own unique voice with how biblical texts connect to the daily life of faith. By nurturing the skills of effective and moving communication - including faithful biblical interpretation, consideration of the role of the sermon in congregational worship, use of language and imagery, and embodied delivery - this course helps students develop interpretive, creative, theological, homiletical, and practical disciplines that will inform and shape their preaching and lay the groundwork for lifelong learning and discovery. Close attention is given to how biblical preaching equips discipleship, forms communities eager to engage the Bible, and empowers witness in the world. Prerequisite: SG0701 or SG0702. SPRING 2016-2017 - COURSE CONTINUED FROM J-TERM. MUST REGISTER FOR BOTH TERMS.

PR 0510 01FOUNDATIONS OF BIBLICAL PREACHING January Term 2016-2017

Proclaiming the gospel reveals the word of God incarnated in the world and in the life and ministry of Christian communities. This course introduces the fundamentals of biblical preaching with the primary goal of helping students integrate their own unique voice with how biblical texts connect to the daily life of faith. By nurturing the skills of effective and moving communication - including faithful biblical interpretation, consideration of the role of the sermon in congregational worship, use of language and imagery, and embodied delivery - this course helps students develop interpretive, creative, theological, homiletical, and practical disciplines that will inform and shape their preaching and lay the groundwork for lifelong learning and discovery. Close attention is given to how biblical preaching equips discipleship, forms communities eager to engage the Bible, and empowers witness in the world. Prerequisite: SG0701 or SG0702; J-TERM 2016-2017 - COURSE CONTINUES INTO SPRING SEMESTER - MUST REGISTER FOR BOTH TERMS. WAITLIST FEATURE AVAILABLE FOR THIS COURSE.

PR 0510 01FOUNDATIONS OF BIBLICAL PREACHING Fall Semester 2016-2017

Proclaiming the gospel reveals the word of God incarnated in the world and in the life and ministry of Christian communities. This course introduces the fundamentals of biblical preaching with the primary goal of helping students integrate their own unique voice with how biblical texts connect to the daily life of faith. By nurturing the skills of effective and moving communication - including faithful biblical interpretation, consideration of the role of the sermon in congregational worship, use of language and imagery, and embodied delivery - this course helps students develop interpretive, creative, theological, homiletical, and practical disciplines that will inform and shape their preaching and lay the groundwork for lifelong learning and discovery. Close attention is given to how biblical preaching equips discipleship, forms communities eager to engage the Bible, and empowers witness in the world. Prerequisite: SG0701 or SG0702

BP 7511 01PREACHING AS THE WORD OF GOD DMIN Session - BP 2016-2017

An exploration of preaching as an interpretive act through which God's word does what God intends for it. Moving back and forth between practices of interpretation with particular biblical texts and reflection on those practices, participants discover and assess their own theology of the word and how it informs their preaching. COURSE MEETS JUNE 5-10, 2017

LD 4597 96 RSGUIDED READING AND RESEARCH IN Spring Semester 2015-2016

An independent study under the close supervision of a professor. Consult faculty within the division. Master of arts/master of divinity students. Participant in Kairos Women Leading residential course.

PR 0510 01FOUNDATIONS OF BIBLICAL PREACHING Spring Semester 2015-2016

Proclaiming the gospel reveals the word of God incarnated in the world and in the life and ministry of Christian communities. This course introduces the fundamentals of biblical preaching with the primary goal of helping students integrate their own unique voice with how biblical texts connect to the daily life of faith. By nurturing the skills of effective and moving communication - including faithful biblical interpretation, consideration of the role of the sermon in congregational worship, use of language and imagery, and embodied delivery - this course helps students develop interpretive, creative, theological, homiletical, and practical disciplines that will inform and shape their preaching and lay the groundwork for lifelong learning and discovery. Close attention is given to how biblical preaching equips discipleship, forms communities eager to engage the Bible, and empowers witness in the world. Prerequisite: SG0701 or SG0702

PR 4557 01PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF JOHN Spring Semester 2015-2016

The Gospel of John presents a very different portrait of Jesus when compared to its counterparts. As a result, its role in the imagination of the church’s preaching has been supplementary to the three-year lectionary preaching cycle that favors the Synoptic Gospels. This course focuses on the narrative integrity of the Fourth Gospel, its specific theological claims, and the particular ways in which it interprets the meaning of the Word made flesh so that its unique voice might be respected and heard into the life of the church.

BP 7511 01PREACHING AS THE WORD OF GOD DMIN Session - BP 2015-2016

An exploration of preaching as an interpretive act through which God's word does what God intends for it. Moving back and forth between practices of interpretation with particular biblical texts and reflection on those practices, participants discover and assess their own theology of the word and how it informs their preaching. COURSE MEETS JUNE 6-10, 2016

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