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Lois E. Malcolm

Lois E. Malcolm

Professor of Systematic Theology

  • Ph.D. (University of Chicago)
  • M.A. (Luther Seminary)
  • M.A. (University of Minnesota)


Lois Malcolm
Professor of Systematic Theology
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

Lois Malcolm joined the Luther Seminary faculty in 1994 as assistant professor of systematic theology and became an associate professor in the fall of 1999.

Malcolm has a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Chicago (1998), an M.A. in theology from Luther Seminary (1989), an M.A. in applied linguistics from the University of Minnesota (1985), and was a magna cum laude graduate of Bethel College (1981).

She passed her Ph.D. qualifying exams with distinction in 1993, was a junior fellow in the Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion in 1993-94, and completed her dissertation with distinction in 1998. Since coming to Luther, she has received a Wabash Teaching Grant, a Christian Faith and Life Sabbatical Grant, and has become a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry.

Before coming to Luther, she taught at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1993-1994 and was a research assistant for William Schweiker from 1990-1994. From 1982-1987, she taught in the linguistics department at Bethel College, the Toronto Institute of Linguistics, the English Program for International Students at the University of Minnesota, and was a teacher supervisor with the International Catholic Migration Commission in the Philippines.

She has published articles in theology and linguistics journals and presented papers at regional and national levels in the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics. She is currently working two book projects: "Curse for Us": The Wisdom and Power of the Cross and Holy Love and Holy Power: Revisiting Paul Tillich's Theology of Spirit. She has also revised her dissertation for submission for publication as a book entitled Divine Mystery and Human Freedom: A Study of Karl Barth and Karl Rahner. In addition, she is the editor for the volume on Modern Theology for the Westminster Collection of Sources in Christian Theology (Westminster Press). She is also working on a book project (co-authored with Janet Ramsey) on teaching forgiveness and healing.

Malcolm was born and raised in the Philippines where she attended the Philippine Women's College until the ninth grade (with the exception of a year and a half with the Calvert correspondence school).



This course explores how the gospel of Jesus Christ brings forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing to people wherever there is sin, conflict, and suffering. Integrating biblical and theological resources with current interdisciplinary research on forgiveness, the course helps students develop a theological framework and practices for bringing to the fore the importance of forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing in their leadership of Christian communities called to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God’s world.

ST 1450 01SOPHIA CRIES OUT-WISDOM IN BIBLE Spring Semester 2015-2016

This course explores the figure of Wisdom in the Old and New Testaments, in the history of Christianity, and in contemporary Christian theology and practice. Focusing on deepening one’s understanding of Christ and the Triune God, and one’s self and others—including those who are of a different race, class, gender, and ethnicity—the course also attends to practices related to biblical interpretation, discipleship and spiritual formation, ethics and pastoral care, mission and apologetics, and dialogue with science and other faith traditions.


What does it mean to be a public witness to Jesus Christ in a pluralistic, post-secular, consumer society? Using classical and contemporary thinkers in systematic theology, students will think critically about how and in what ways God encounters us in and through our neighbors, calling us to examine our own assumptions about who God is and what God does in law and promise. Centered in Jesus Christ crucified and risen, the course examines how justification/sanctification by faith alone turns us outward from the self through the Holy Spirit to participate in God's work of reconciliation, justice, and peace with our neighbor and for our neighbor. Students develop their identity as Christian leaders and grow in their theological capacity to offer public leadership in a wide range of ministry settings.

ST 0435 50TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-HOLY SPIRIT Fall Semester 2015-2016

This course provides instruction and practice in theologically-based practical reasoning for ministerial contexts, including a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith, and cultivating theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Each class will focus on a particular article of the creed or related Christian doctrines for the practices of ministry. Focus: The Holy Spirit

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