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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.

Of handshakes and holograms

“You’re going to be out of a job soon, Pastor Bob,” I said to our pastor in the handshake line the other Sunday. “Not you personally. But preachers everywhere.”

‘Now’ is a good time to pray

Every “now” of our lives is a good time to pray. Whether we are content or troubled, each day is a good day to pray to the Lord.

Pray, praise and give thanks

Our life together should certainly include bearing one another’s burdens and interceding for the sorrowful, but it is also important to celebrate together — to “rejoice with those who rejoice” even as we also “weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15).

To number our days

“When I am at the bottom of my strength. When I am at the lowest of lows. When I am sinking in fear, that’s just where God’s grace meets me.”

Ordinary superheroes

God does not call on us to don a cape and trounce bad guys, vigilante style. But He does take care of our neighbors through our rather mundane actions as we fulfill our various vocations.

From left to west: Sinners made right

As far as the east is from the west, so far does Christ remove our transgressions from us.

You said what? Confession and Psalm 32

On the surface, confessing your transgressions unto the Lord sounds like a very bad idea. If you can’t get rid of your faults, it’s only human to hide them.

A Lutheran view of Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University offers a lot to shout joyfully about, including becoming debt-free. But how well does Ramsey’s program fit with Lutheran teaching?

Back to basics for ‘back-to-school’

The backpacks are loaded; the school clothes are laid out. The kids are ready — but are you?

What to expect when you least expect it

Even when “all other ground is sinking sand,” our hope in Christ is an expectant hope. It looks forward and is confident that all the promises of God are “yes” in Jesus.

In defense of “unfriendly” churches

As we visit sister congregations this summer, let us never fail to remember what the Church is: not a five-star resort for visiting saints but a haven for sinners, including us.

God’s help for the home

From the days of Eden the present, God is in favor of and holds out His help for the home. And when the Christian home is under attack, as it increasingly is in our society, we need God’s help more than ever.

The vital importance of fatherhood

Our culture is — at best — terribly confused about the necessity of fatherhood. But God knew what He was doing when He put our earthly fathers in our lives.

The toxic and the true

At the dawn of creation, Adam was the first man to distort real, godly masculinity, and Eve was the first woman to be let down and left hurting by a man’s inability to understand and live out his manly calling. Thanks be to God, the story doesn’t end there.

Beware of spiritual Trojan horses

Whenever we consume media — even Christian media — we should be carefully asking ourselves: What is the source? What is the writer’s theology? What is the Christian message that is being taught?

Diversity in unity at Pentecost

“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Rev. 7:9).