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Mel Gibson's gory new war film tells the true story of Private First Class Desmond Doss — in a strong performance by Andrew Garfield — a World War II American Army medic and conscientious objector who wanted to save lives, not take them.

Movie review: ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Mel Gibson’s gory war film is not for everyone, but it takes Christian faith seriously and encourages viewers toward ethical living within their vocations.

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In December’s ‘Lutheran Witness’

This issue of the magazine addresses a variety of misconceptions regarding Christmas.

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Registration opens Feb. 1 for LWML convention in Albuquerque

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League gears up to celebrate its 75th anniversary at the June 22-25, 2017, convention.

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Pastoral students take part in a class at a training center of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Funds from the LCMS National Offering will be used to strengthen theological education in international mission fields served by the Synod. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

First National Offering allocation offers ‘tremendous impact’

The gifts totaling $411,305.69 will be used to support “ministry priorities” including national and international mission work and the Synod’s two seminaries.

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Synodwide statistics indicate that although LCMS congregations’ total baptized and communicant memberships continued to decline for 2015, their worship attendance, contributions, and specialized ministries and worship services were up for the year — compared with 2014. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

(Commentary) Annual statistical reporting: beyond the numbers

Synod Secretary Rev. Dr. John W. Sias provides more insight about Synodwide statistics for 2015, compared with previous years’ stories about numbers reported by LCMS congregations and districts.

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The Rev. Dr. Jon Vieker, left, traces textual strands of LCMS hymnody for international attendees of the “Fresh Hymns of Thankful Praise Arise” symposium at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. (LCMS/Michael Schuermann)

The challenge: finding translators for hymn texts

The LCMS Office of International Mission hosts its first-ever symposium for hymnwriters and translators Nov. 6-10 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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