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Center for Biblical Studies

“Your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart.”

Jeremiah 15:16

Here for you.

The Center for Biblical Studies is here for you, offering preaching, teaching, and practical resources for increasing biblical knowledge, enhancing faith in Christ, and enriching the ministry of the local church.

Working collaboratively with Concordia St. Paul’s Department of Theology and Ministry, 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.

The Center is here for you, so that you too might find great joy and delight in the beauty and power of God’s Word.

Scroll down to learn more, access resources, and register for upcoming events.

Where Dr. Lessing Will Be This Summer

Jeremiah for Teaching and Preaching | Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Doctor of Ministry Class | May 31-June 23
Bible Study Leader for Florida/Georgia District Convention (LCMS) | St. Augustine, FL | June 16-18
Genesis | Trinity Lutheran Church | Decatur, Illinois, CTSFW Continuing Education Workshop | July 11-13
Job | St. John Lutheran Church | Dublin, Ohio, CSL Continuing Education Workshop | August 1-3
Jeremiah | Faith Lutheran Church | Mentor, Ohio, CSL Continuing Education Workshop | August 15-17


Church Work Tuition Guarantee

Concordia St. Paul Pre-Seminary Students to pay $0 tuition beginning Fall 2022.

Learn more about our church work tuition guarantee.

Upcoming Events

  • March 19, 2022
    9:00 a.m. ‒ 3:00 p.m.
    In-person or online

    Through the ages, whether in art or literature, cartoon or animation, Jonah has been a star of the first magnitude. The author of Jonah did his work so well that his book continues to delight and challenge the simple soul as much as the sophisticated scholar.

    Based upon Dr. Lessing’s CPH commentary on Jonah, this workshop for church professionals and laity alike, will fill minds with biblical truth and fire hearts to take God’s love to the world.

    Participants will receive a six-session Bible Study on Jonah while pastors will receive this as well as a five-part sermon series (and orders of worship) based on the book of Jonah. 


  • The Joseph Narratives: A Tale of Two Brothers in Genesis 37-50 led by Dr. Jeffrey Pulse (CTSFW)
    June 27-29, 2022 │On Campus Only │Registration Cost TBD

    This course will explore the historical and theological transformation of the Hebrew people from the patriarchal era to the tribal era. At the same time, we will examine the two Messianic figures in the Joseph narratives and observe their rise and fall.

    Cost and registration link to come. Email if you wish to receive the registration link when ready.

  • August 23, 2022
    2:00 p.m.‒5:00 p.m.
    In-person or online

    Description and registration link to come. Email if you wish to receive the registration link when ready.


  • October 28, 2022
    In-person or online

    Description and registration link to come. Email if you wish to receive the registration link when ready.

  • January 20,2023

    Description and registration link to come. Email if you wish to receive the registration link when ready.

“The materials & program are well worth the investment.”

W.H, Michigan District, LCMS

Resources from Dr. Lessing

  • Click to read A Symphony of Satire: Elijah and Jonah by Dr. Reed Lessing.

  • Click the following link to access the EBook Preaching Post-COVID: What We Learned About Sermons, Sermon Series, and Your Preaching Ministry:

    Written by award-winning author Rev. Dr. Justin Rossow.

  • Click here to read Dr. Lessing’s Module from Preach the Word titled “Preaching the Baptized Life“.

  • 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

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


Click here to order Dr. Lessing’s Lenten Kit 2022 from Concordia Publishing House.
Click here to order the accompanying Lenten devotional.


Take a Moment to Listen

The Concordia Publishing House Podcast Interviews Dr. Lessing:
Jeremiah: Overcoming Life’s Sorrows


Dr. Lessing's Publications