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Leadership in the church should be distinctive and explicitly theological. EMBODY uses the metaphor of the "paraclete" from John's Gospel to offer a model for church leadership that Jesus himself embodied.


Karoline is also the author of four books. John, a 2014 preaching commentary that takes a deeper look into the Gospel of John. In 2016, she explored the experiences and challenges women in ministry face in SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Ministry. In 2020, she published A Lay Preacher's Guide: How to Craft a Faithful Sermon, a homiletics primer for the beginning preacher, and EMBODY: Five Keys To Leading With Integrity, a book that proposes a biblical model for church leadership. She has also written essays, articles, and web posts. Find a complete list of Karoline's contributions here.

Contributing essays

Commentary on 1, 2, and 3 John

Preaching and the Personal

“Preaching John: The Word Made Flesh as Theological and Interpretive Method” in Preaching and the Personal (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013)

Dictionary of Jesus

“Shepherd, Sheep” in Dictionary of Jesus and The Gospels (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press)

Renew 52

“Take the Incarnation Seriously: Read Scripture Like It Matters,”in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50.

Advent Reflections

“Week 3: Mary’s Song,” in Book of Faith Advent Reflections: You Shall Have a Song (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2012)

Lutheran Study Bible

Lutheran Study Bible, “Introduction and Study Notes for the Gospel of John,” (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2009)

New Proclamation

Co-Author, New Proclamation: Year B, 2009, Easter through Christ the King (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008)

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