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When President Harrison penned “Back to Basics: Law and Gospel” (Did you miss it? Read it here.) for the May issue of The Lutheran Witness, you readers responded. Mostly, the notes were short, but they were virtually all the same: “Thank you and amen!”
 
The volume of those brief letters indicated an interest in distinguishing Law and Gospel that we couldn’t help but notice. That’s why we’ve dedicated an entire issue of the magazine to better understanding the two.
 
In the next few pages, the Rev. David Petersen and the Rev. Dr. Joel Biermann will break down what the Law does and who the Gospel is all about. Deaconess Sandra Rhein will help you discover how to detect Law and Gospel in Lutheran hymnody, and the Rev. Jeffrey Ries will teach you how to listen for the same in your pastor’s sermon.
 
The Rev. Daniel Hinton explains how God uses His Law to show us our need for a Savior and what that means for how the Christian life is lived, and Dr. Gene Edward Veith breaks down the myth that being a “good person” is enough to get a person into heaven.
 
Addressing the words confessed weekly in the Divine Service—“I, a poor, miserable sinner”—the Rev. Michael Larson clarifies why we trust in Jesus and not in ourselves, and the Rev. Anthony Oliphant addresses those ubiquitous “COEXIST” bumper stickers and why understanding Law and Gospel enables us to do much more than simply coexist with our neighbors.
 
The following pages are filled with explanations of the Law that, as the Rev. David Petersen reminds us, “always accuses us. It always shows us our sins. Yet the Law is not negative or evil. It is God’s will for our lives.”
 
But better still, these pages are also filled with the Gospel. “We have it. You have it,” the Rev. Dr. Joel Biermann says. “It is God’s great gift to you. In Word, in Sacrament, you have it. You have Jesus.”
 
Now let’s get reading!
 
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Adriane Heins, Managing Editor

The Lutheran Witness

adriane.heins@lcms.org

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From the President

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Back to Basics in Preaching

It’s time for us to pay attention to the greatest preacher in history, aside from Jesus, John the Baptist and St. Paul. It’s time for back-to-basics preaching.

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The Goodness of God in a World of Evil

There is no good apart from Christ!

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Reclaiming Family Virtue

The family is a blessing. Let’s reclaim it, teach it and celebrate it!

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The Shoes of Vocation

Vocation isn’t about how we feel. It is about who we are as we live out our lives as Christians and serve our neighbors with the same forgiveness and love that were first poured out on us in the waters of Holy Baptism.

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God’s Rich Mercy: Everybody Knows That?

by Rev. Thomas Egger In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul proclaims that our God is “rich in mercy” (Eph. 2:4). Throughout Holy Scripture, no other description is so central to the character of God. When the children of Israel rebelled against Him in the wilderness, building and worshipping a golden calf, they were […]

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Notices

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August 2014 Notices

The “official notices” are published for a single purpose only: giving notice of a result, namely, changes in the Synod’s membership rosters by the addition or deletion of the names of individuals and congregations

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