The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis

Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Organization: Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN


The Rev. Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary and she previously taught at Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Augsburg College.

Lewis is the author of SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry (including an accompanying facilitator guide, participant guide, and DVD) and John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries, as well as numerous articles for The Christian CenturyFeasting on the WordFeasting on the GospelsCurrents in Theology and MissionLutheran ForumWord & WorldAbingdon Preaching Annual, and Odyssey Network's ON Scripture. She was one of the 100 religious scholars in the United States to contribute to the Values and Voices Campaign (

Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Lewis holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.), Luther Seminary (M.Div.), and Emory University (Ph.D., New Testament Studies and Homiletics). She has served as Treasurer of Academy of Homiletics and Regional Coordinator for the Upper Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Lewis is a regular preacher/presenter at the Festival of Homiletics and leads conferences, workshops, and retreats internationally on the Gospel of John, the New Testament, interpreting the Bible, preaching, leadership, and women in ministry. She is a contributing writer for Working Preacher, author of the site's Dear Working Preacher column, and co-host of the site's weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave. Visit for resources on preaching and being a woman in ministry.



Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis

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Karoline Lewis: The Courage to Ask

Tuesday April 23, 2019
Dr. Karoline Lewis shines a fresh light on Thomas in the Upper Room, revealing that we often miss the fact that he spoke up and asked for what he needed. We tend to stay silent, for ourselves and for others, because surely someone else will speak up, stand up, give voice to us and others. What are we afraid of?

Karoline Lewis: Grace Upon Grace Love

Tuesday April 02, 2019
Dr. Karoline Lewis says that it’s easy to miss the reality of the sacrifice Mary made for this gesture of love for Jesus””around $20,000 of precious perfume poured out on his feet. She calls it a “grace upon grace kind of love,” abundant love””the kind of love that has to be shown, not just said.

A Blip in the Plan

Tuesday March 20, 2012
For the final Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis draws important insights from Jesus' teaching in John 12 about his coming death on the cross and what it means to our faith.

Articles by The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis

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ON Scripture: “Selective Salvation in a Fear-Filled World” (Luke 3:1-6) By Karoline Lewis

Monday November 30, 2015
This passage from Luke for the Second Sunday of Advent points to competing worldviews. The opening verses are deceptively subversive. Into the religious reigns and imperial kingdoms of the first century C.E., the word of God comes.

ON Scripture: The Politics of Betrayal

Wednesday August 22, 2012
Imagine being introduced for the first time, not by your name or what you have done, but in reference to what you will do.

Video by The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis

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Rethinking Resolutions - The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis

Monday February 18, 2013
The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis gives us some insight on resolutions and what you can do to make yours more fulfilling.