Epiphany of Mercy

by Rev. Matthew Zickler With the start of the New Year, we celebrate the season of Epiphany. Epiphany comes from the Greek word epiphaneia, which is an appearing or appearance and, according to Danker’s Greek-English lexicon, can relate to “a visible…

A Prayer Priority

by Rev. Dr. Greg Wismar The month of January brings a new start in many ways. New calendars are put up on walls. New pages begin datebooks and monthly planners. In short, personal decisions on how time should be spent…

Q and A

by Rev. Dr. Jerald C. Joersz  Q: How do you respond to people who maintain that all sin is the same, thereby saying the sins of Hitler were no worse than a child taking a cookie from the cookie jar…

Families in Times of Disaster

Families who experience disasters often find it hard to recover from them. How can traumatic events bring parents and children closer to God? by Rev. Dr. Rick Armstrong Throughout our lives, we have read or watched the events and aftermath…

LMI: In our Life Together

Learn how your donations to Lutheran Malaria Initiative have saved lives and changed communities.

In Christ for the Church and the World

Get a unique glimpse into how the earthquake in Japan highlighted the convention-mandated Synod-wide restructuring efforts.

In Time of Need: Mercy in disaster’s wake

2011 was a year filled with disasters, but the Gospel and LCMS mercy work have made an impact around the world.

A heritage from the Lord

Thank you, Pastor Harrison, for your letter in the November Lutheran Witness. The first thing that came to my mind was Psalm 127. David C. LoomisAyrshire, Iowa Read More Letters to the Editor Send letters to Letters, c/o The Lutheran…

The least of these

My parents were married for 10 years and were sad that they were still childless. When they heard in 1930 that the orphanage in Fort Dodge, Iowa (“The Least of These,” November 2011), was opening, my grandmother and my mother…

Nagging at the conscience

Thank you, Dr. Jerald Joersz, for addressingthe question on the certainty of God’s forgiveness in the November issue of The Lutheran Witness. I appreciated how you directed them to God’s Word and Sacrament and not to their feelings as the…

10 Minutes with . . . Bishop Walter Obare

by Adriane Dorr A food shortage, lack of water, starving Somalian refugees and hungry Kenyan Lutherans: Each of these hardships, caused by the current drought in East Africa, is cause for the Rev. Walter Obare Omwanza, presiding bishop of the…

God Creates Calamity

by Rev. Larry Vogel I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides Me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know Me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the…

The Gospel in Chile

In the midst of earthquake recovery, see how God use His people to plant two new Chilean Lutheran churches.

To the Reader

Reflecting on the barrage of disasters in 2011 brings to mind the plea of the Psalmist: “How long, O Lord, will you look on?” (Ps. 35:17). Between floods and fires, earthquakes and tsunamis, tornados and droughts, famines and a nuclear…

Why Malaria?

Read President Matthew C. Harrisons discussion of how love for the Gospel and love for ones neighbor is Witness and Mercy at work.