We are excited to be hosting a variety of speakers in 2017 for our Reformation 500 Speaker Series! Plan to join us as we hear different perspectives on the significance of the Reformation each month.

August Event

Rev. Dr. Joel Biermann presentation will based off his newbook: Wholly Citizens: God’s Two Realms and Christian Engagement with the World. In his presentation he will address the relation between the church and the world in light of the Reformation teaching of the two realms; especially as presented by Luther. He will also address the concrete situation facing believers in the early 21st century in light of faithful Reformation teaching about the two realms. Following this path leads to conclusions not entirely expected, including the forthright rejection of "a wall of separation" between church and state, and also are buke of the familiar clamor for the preservation of the rights ofChristians and the church. Heedless of the status quo, Dr. Biermann’s presentation will paint a picture of Christian life in today's world—a picture framed in theological truth.

August 26 | TBD

SPEAKER: Rev. Dr. Joel Biermann
TOPIC: Wholly Citizens: God’s Two Realms and Christian Engagement with the World
COST: $10 per person-  (Pay at door)

Schedule- TBD

*Childcare available upon request. 

Dr. Joel D. BiermannDr. Joel D. Biermann is the Waldemar A. and June Schuette Professor of Systematic Theology.

A Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty member since 2002, Biermann teaches doctrinal theology with a special interest and emphasis centered on ethics and the correct role of the Law in the life of the believer. He also is the faculty marshal.

A pastor’s son, Biermann was raised in parishes in Nebraska and Michigan. Graduating from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich., in 1983, he enrolled at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and finished his Master of Divinity in 1987.

At Trinity Lutheran Church in Bemidji, Minn., and then St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Holt, Mich., he served as a parish pastor for 11 years.

Biermann returned to Concordia Seminary in 1998 as a graduate student. He completed his Ph.D. in 2002 with a dissertation entitled, “Virtue Ethics and the Place of Character Formation in Lutheran Theology.”

Outside of his Seminary responsibilities, Biermann serves a local congregation as a vacancy pastor and has helped produce material for congregational small group Bible studies (Help for the Hurried Life, Questions About). He also has worked on similar study material through Lutheran Hour Ministries (Who Am I, What Am I Doing Here?, We the People, A Man Named Martin) and provided discussion questions and answers for a series of men’s Bible study books through Concordia Publishing House (Blessed is the Man).

He has authored three books: Courageous Fathers of the Bible (Concordia Publishing House, 2011); A Case for Character (Fortress, 2014); and Wholly Citizens (forthcoming from Fortress). He also has written a Lenten/Easter sermon and worship series, Restored in Christ, published by Creative Communications for The Parish in 2014.

Biermann is a frequent speaker at district and congregational gatherings and conferences, where he covers a variety of topics especially those relating to issues of discipleship, Christian formation, and church and state issues.

Biermann and his wife, Jeannalee, have three adult children; Jasmine and Justine, both Master of Arts graduates of Concordia Seminary, and Jess, a current Seminary student; and five grandchildren.