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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.

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.

Hope rising above the flood

As Hurricane Harvey dumped over two feet of rain in the greater Houston area, Romans 8:39 kept ringing through Donna Pyle’s head with Hurricane Harvey subtitles: Neither height of rising water nor depth of flood, nor anything else Harvey can hurl at us, can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The rains came down

“There had been no mandatory evacuation for Friendswood residents. No one knew it was going to be this bad … And still, the rain continued.”

How an ornate Italian font taught me big things about Baptism

There are a number of fascinating things about the Basilica of San Frediano in Lucca, Italy, but what really caught my eye was the baptismal font.

Law and Gospel as harmony

We sometimes speak of holding Law and Gospel in tension or balance, but we do well to remember that they are not even. Each has its own place and purpose. They should be rightly distinguished and applied, but this doesn’t always mean that they will be evenly distributed.

A happy drowning

A happy, terrible act is Baptism — a rebirth of life and, at the same time, a drowning and death. We see this contrast in Romans: “We were buried therefore with [Christ] by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”