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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.

Podcasting: The next frontier?

A radio producer answers common questions about podcasting: What is it? Who listens? And (most importantly) should my church try it?

When you are criticized …

When facing criticism, do you respond with denial? despair? defensiveness? Or do you instead see (and seize) the opportunity to learn and grow?

From chat room to church

Online connections can lead to in-store purchases or in-person coffee dates, but they can also draw people to the Church and to the saving Word of God.

Food, clothes and an apartment — for Jesus

Jesus reminds us in Matthew 25 that when we serve our neighbor, we are serving Him. Even more, Jesus directs Christians to see God in those we serve.

Hope for the hopeless in the new year

Our hope is not in the grinding of the gears on the universal clock that takes us from year into new year. Our hope is in the one, true God.

Keeping Christmas

“Keep Christ in Christmas!” the billboards and yard signs tell us. But what does it mean for us to keep both “Christ” and “Mass” in Christmas?

Flying with Luther on the 500th

When Victor Nelson flew from Albany to Louisville on Reformation Day, he brought along a costume, a bag of KitKats — and a heart for sharing the Gospel.

Jesus isn’t the rebel you think He is

To see Jesus only as either a zealous renegade or an ardent traditionalist is to ignore His true and fundamental identity.

Embrace — don’t skip — Advent

Most of us choose to skip Advent for the soft glow of a secularized holiday. But what if we gave this wonderful, preparatory season our full attention?

Thanksgiving by presidential proclamation?

Thanksgiving worship services, held at the request of the government, seem strange in modern America. Some may wonder if the request is even appropriate.

Scientists conclude that we shouldn’t be here (yet here we are)

Physicists have determined that the universe should have destroyed itself at the moment it came into existence. And yet …?

Laughing with Luther

If you haven’t yet had a laugh while reading Luther, you may be doing it wrong.

Brick-and-mortar may change, but the church shall remain

Does online activity spell doom for brick-and-mortar congregations? Many beloved aspects of life in the Church give us reason to hope not!

Rehearsing the narrative of salvation

Our creeds give us a quick, memorable summary of what we as Christians believe, teach and confess.

Praying in faith and love as the Body of Christ

In the wake of devastating disasters that leave victims in need of tangible assistance, what good is prayer?

Ordinary green

Green fields, green trees, green paraments. It can all seem a bit mundane. But look again: there’s nothing ordinary about ordinary time.