S.D. Giere

I am a teacher, scholar, and pastor.  This website is a hub for my vocational and avocational work.


Since 1997, I have served as an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  My current call is to serve as Associate Professor of Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation at Wartburg Theological Seminary.


Homiletics (a.k.a. Christian preaching) is my primary teaching responsibility.  I also teach in the areas of biblical theology, Koine Greek, and the Christian witness to Jesus Christ in the culturally and religiously plural world.  My research interests are biblical hermeneutics, homiletics, cross-cultural biblical interpretation, and the intersection of bible and film.


One of the projects that I've been working on of late is: WithEarsToHear.org - a website that seeks to assist those who listen to Christian preaching... orienting the ear to the gospel of Jesus Christ.


I currently serve as co-editor of Currents in Theology & Mission, a journal published by the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in cooperation with Wartburg Theological Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Seminary.  It's also a pleasure to serve on the Steering Committee of the ELCA/ELCIC Association of Teaching Theologians. If you're so inclined, have a look at the Scholarship page for more stuff that I'm up to.


Grounding my academic service is the life I share with my family.


Reading the Bible

with The Jesus Prayer


Together with my colleague, Prof. Duane Priebe, I invite you to read through the Bible using the following

daily reading plan (pdf).


Course Quick Links

Fall 2015

IN102W Jesus Christ & Plural Worlds

BI249W Readings in Biblical Theology

MN230E Preaching (online)


Fall 2015 TEEM Intensive

Preaching II: Theology & Ecclesiology


January 2016


Cross-Cultural Immersion


Spring 2016

BI249W Readings in Biblical Theology

MN130W From Text to Sermon

MN230W Preaching

MN321W Bible, Church, & Film



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