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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.

Embracing the church generation gap

Instead of just bridging the church generation gap, what if we embraced it? From both sides?

Who is my neighbor?

In the family of God, we never run out of people to love.

There’s no theology like snow theology

Snow falls, and the ugliness of an unsightly landscape disappears. Dirt, decay, dilapidation — all are erased by two or three inches of newly fallen snow.

The people that in darkness sat

As we “sit in darkness” together during these dark, cold days of winter, the words of a favorite Epiphany hymn bring us comfort and hope.

Notes from a not-so-crazy cat lady

Freddy the cat reminds his owner daily of God’s providence, faithfulness and love for her as she adjusts to life in as a missionary in the Dominican Republic.

Theodore Naether: Planting the seeds of LCMS missions

The faithful labors of the LCMS’s first overseas missionary foreshadowed the tireless service and devotion to the Gospel that would characterize thousands of his successors.

Unlikely Savior, unlikely saints

Of all the Gentiles, the Magi would have been some of the most unlikely converts and worshipers. Yet even so, they came and worshiped the Savior.

The miracle truce of Christmas

On Christmas Eve 1914, World War I had been raging for months and 800,000 men had already been wounded or killed. Then something truly remarkable happened …

When Jesus ruins Christmas

Up against the glorious reality of Christ’s Incarnation, the “holly jolly” fluff surrounding our cultural celebration of Christmas tends to lose its luster.

The Christmas squid

Its body is a rectangle of Styrofoam. Out of one end, a toothpick protrudes; out of the other spring several red and green pipe cleaners.

He was a good man

“He was a good man.” It’s a common refrain at funerals. But what are we really saying with these words? What does it mean to call a man “good”?

Advent is not a drag

Advent isn’t a drag. It’s a time when believers show the world that there’s oil in our flasks and that our faith isn’t pointless.

What is the most Lutheran sport?

Tennis? Running? Golf? What is the quintessential Lutheran sport? The answer might surprise you … but then again, it might not.

The wonderful impossibility of giving thanks

It’s wonderfully impossible to thank the Lord fully and completely for all his benefits. But by God’s grace, we thank, praise, serve and obey him.

On suffering

In the midst of suffering and pain, we find our hope where Peter did: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life …” (John 6:68).

Joyfully witnessing

From the angels to the apostles to Lutherans among their neighbors today, the Church in heaven and on earth continues to bear joyful witness to Christ.