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The Lutheran Witness Contributing Writer

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From Synod leaders to parish pastors, from scholars of the Church to everyday “people in the pews,” LW’s contributing writers come from every walk of life. What ties them together? They all have keen insights, compelling stories and hard-won wisdom — on faith and life, theology and culture — to share with readers of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s flagship magazine.

Big Brother, bigger God

Google’s algorithms have searched us. Do they know us?

From throwing rocks to linking arms

As our common enemies grow in strength and hostility, we must stand firm with Catholics on the ground that we share.

The law and gospel of chicken dinners

What does the Bible say about people and animals?

Happy birthday to someone else

When we’re staring at a pile of blessings next door, we miss the ones in front of us.

A note to parents with wiggly children

“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14).

Celebrating our dependence

God did not create us for independence or autonomy. His freedom is not the same as the world’s “freedom.”

A God of acts and facts

Of the 52 Sundays in the Church Year, only Trinity Sunday commemorates a doctrine rather than an event.

A prayer for the church

Congregations: Consider using these words in the Prayer of the Church on or before July 14, as you pray together for the Synod convention (July 20–25).

From whom I learned it

My parents have lived in the same house since they got married in 1984. I have my passport number memorized. But where it counts, I am their spitting image.

Peace where brothers are engaging

The Church Militant is not only fighting with Satan and his demonic armies. It is also fighting with itself. Brothers fight.

Mocking the bully Death

In the end, no matter how hard you work to avoid it, death towers over you and remorselessly says, “I win. I always do.” And what are you to say?

What about the Holy Spirit?

Great blessings come to us when we fully embrace a Lutheran understanding of who the Spirit is, how He works and where He can be found.

In defense of Mother’s Day

We should take a little time to bless the mothers in our congregations, to thank them, pray for them, encourage them and support them.

Let’s want better for our children

It’s not hard to pick up on what the world around us wants us to want for our children. But what would God have us want for them?

Jesus Christ alone

Jesus was crucified, and He hung on the cross until death — alone. He understands loneliness. He understands sadness. He understands suffering.

A Holy Week identity crisis

If we truly examine our words and actions, we are forced to admit that we have sometimes echoed Peter’s words: “I know not the man!”