Infertility. Children. Miscarriage. Adoption. Family. Those topics are intertwined, and opinions on each run strong and deep.
That’s why the combined June/July issue of The Lutheran Witness deals with these themes — continuing a conversation started by LCMS Life Ministry and the Concordia Seminary Life Team, who hosted a one-day infertility ethics symposium Nov. 8, 2014, at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Discussing doctrine and ethics, the conference presenters asked and answered important questions: What does Jesus say about the value of life? How does He talk about families? What good word does He give regarding marriage and children?
Those presentations are featured, in part, in this issue of the magazine. From the ethics of reproductive technology to unpacking the verse about women being saved through childbearing, this month’s magazine focuses on the comfort Christ gives those who desire, but perhaps have not yet been given, a family.
Articles also discuss in vitro fertilization, how to pray while suffering, the pain of miscarriage and the value and worth of even the tiniest of embryos while keeping one message as the focus, as the Rev. Christopher Esget reminds us: “We preach Jesus who is with us in all our brokenness and loss and will at the last wipe every tear from our eyes.”
To order The Lutheran Witness or to read free articles online, visit witness.lcms.org.
Posted May 22, 2015