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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

  • March 20, 2021
    9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

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

  • December 27/28, 2021 – January 5/6, 2022

    You are invited to join Rev. Dr. Lessing and Rev. Nabil Nour, a native of Israel, born in Nazareth, on a Journey to the Holy Land–Israel for an experience of a lifetime. We will depart from Minneapolis/St. Paul on December 27/28 (waiting confirmation) and return on January on 5/6. 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 Sepulcher…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 not finalized, yet it will include air fare from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Tel Aviv and back to Minneapolis/St. Paul, hotel accommodations (for double occupancy), tips, entry fees and all meals.

    For further information contact:
    Rev. Nabil Nour                                            Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing
    46448 263rd St.                                          1737 Jefferson Ave.
    Hartford, SD 57033                                      St. Paul, MN 55105
    605-526-3571 (O)                                        651-603-6146 (O)
    605-201-6998 (Cell)                                     260-446-1352 (Cell)



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