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Center for Biblical Studies

Your words became the joy and delight of my heart.

Jeremiah 15:16

Concordia University has an established and enduring relationship with the LCMS, whose mission is to “vigorously make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities, and the world.” The Center for Biblical Studies enhances Concordia’s partnership with the LCMS and the Church at large by offering a variety of programs, workshops, and resources with the goal of increasing biblical knowledge, enhancing faith in Christ, and enriching the ministry of the local church.

Working collaboratively with Concordia’s Department of Theology and Ministry, as well as with the university’s faculty and staff, the Center offers annual events such as preaching workshops for Advent and Lent, seminars on a book of the Bible, and workshops focused on biblical stewardship. The Center also showcases the best biblical scholarship in the LCMS by hosting three-day seminars each summer featuring a guest scholar.

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Upcoming Events

  • The Book of Jeremiah: Surviving Life’s Disasters
    March 20, 2021

    Life’s disasters often leave us broken, only to ask, “Is there a road map for taking me from death to life so I can live again?” The answer is yes; there is hope! Based on Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing’s forthcoming book on Jeremiah, this Bible seminar is designed for anyone and everyone who has experienced brokenness through illness, job loss, divorce or death, to name a few. It’s applicable to pastors and people in the pew.

    You may attend this seminar in person at Concordia St. Paul or online via Zoom. The cost is $10 and includes a workbook for all participants. Lunch will be served to in-person attendees. Virtual attendees will receive the Zoom link the week leading up to the seminar.

    Space is limited! Register today at

  • August 17, 2021
    2:00 p.m–5:00 p.m.

  • You are invited to join Rev. Dr. Lessing and Rev. Nabil Nour, a native of Israel, born in Nazareth,
    on a *Holy Land Nour Tour for an experience of a lifetime. We will depart from Minneapolis/St.
    Paul on December 27, 2021 and return on January 6, 2022.

    Click here to view the itinerary.

    Walk where Jesus walked…where every page of the Bible is seen in its original context…cruise
    the Sea of Galilee…climb the Mount of Olives and view the Old City of Jerusalem…visit Tabgha,
    the scene of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes…the Mount of Beatitudes, the site of the
    Sermon on the Mount and where Jesus chose His Twelve Apostles…walk the Via Dolorosa
    (Christ’s road of suffering) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre…stroll in the Garden of
    Gethsemane…visit Bethlehem…the Church of the Nativity and much more!

    What can I expect? During this 11-day tour, you will experience the sounds, smells and sights of
    two civilizations the old and the new. Living by the law or living by the Gospel. You will stand at
    the crossroads of history and feel the vibrant influence of how this land shapes all other lands.
    We will do more than just visit sights. We will go off the beaten path and have personal and
    daily devotions. The Bible will be our map and guide but more importantly our compass.

    Experience the Holy Land–a place like no other. Please join us on this blessed adventure!
    The price is $3,700 per person and includes airfare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Tel Aviv and
    back to Minneapolis/St. Paul, hotel accommodations (for double occupancy), tips, entry fees
    and all meals.

    Click here to access the registration form.

    For further information contact:
    Rev. Nabil Nour                                            Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing
    605-526-3571 (O)                                        651-603-6146 (O)
    605-201-6998 (Cell)                                     651-341-0475 (Cell)    

    *The “Holy Land Nour Tour” is not sponsored by or led by the Center for Biblical Studies or Concordia University,
    St. Paul. All arrangements, trip payments, and travel liabilities are the sole responsibility of Rev. Nabil Nour and
    Pilligrim’s Angels Tours & Travel, Ltd., Mr. George Peggy, owner.

Articles from Dr. Lessing

  • Click the following link to read “Upsetting the Status Quo: Preaching Like Amos,” originally published in the Concordia Journal in July 2007:

  • The Hymn Journal: A New Kind of Lenten Resource

    We’d all like the preaching of the Word in worship to take root in the rest of the week. At a time when attendance is complicated by COVID, pastors feel that need more than ever, with less time to do something about it. When from Death I’m Free: A Hymn Journal for Holy Week offers a flexible way to engage and resource your people beyond Sunday morning. With prayer experiments from Visual Faith™ Ministry, beloved hymns balanced by new music from LCMS singer/songwriter Kip Fox, and compelling devotions by award-winning author Rev. Dr. Justin Rossow, you’re sure to find support for individuals, small groups, and even worship planning. To access the companion podcast, explore a possible sermon schedule, or connect with the social learning group dedicated to this resource, visit