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LW Contributor

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.

Caring, not killing, in a throwaway society

The Church is not a throwaway society — quite the opposite. In God’s economy there is no person pointless enough to throw away.

Being someone’s someone

It is a fine thing — a very fine thing — to consider those around you as essential contributors to your identity. Not everyone is a spouse. Not everyone is a parent. But everyone is someone’s someone.

The Paschal Lamb and the Angel of Death

For Christians in the Early Church, cross and resurrection were not in opposition to each other. Their Easter worship services and sermons were a celebration of both at once.

The most influential book

The answers to life’s biggest questions and challenges aren’t to be found in yet one more new book, but in one very, very old one.

Easter is coming — no FOOLIN’!

Though the Gospel we preach may be “a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,” God’s beloved children are no fools. We know what really happened on Easter.

The sights and sounds of Holy Week

Even though we know how the story of Christ’s passion ends, the sacred readings, hymns and services of Holy Week keep our longing for Easter fresh and real each and every year.

Piety vs. Pietism

Though often used interchangeably, the theological terms “piety” and “Pietism” actually have very different meanings. Can you tell them apart?

They need us to be Lutheran

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor.1:18).   

The right response to #MeToo? #Repent

The past months have seen allegations of sexual abuse made against some of the most powerful men in America. Many of these men say they’re sorry. Now what?

Letting these gifts be blessed

Our marriages and families, and we ourselves, are better for shared mealtimes. So how do we cherish these gifts together on a regular basis?

Hard times for Hollywood (and other news worth knowing)

Reexamine major news stories from a Lutheran perspective with Gene Edward Veith’s new monthly “World Views” column in The Lutheran Witness magazine.

What to give up for Lent?

Lent is not so much a time of “giving things up” as it is a time for adding things that increase our awareness of God’s mercy in Christ Jesus.

“Our help is in the name of the Lord …”

“… who made heaven and earth” (Ps. 124:8). Have you ever stopped to think about what these familiar words mean for you?

The ultimate safety net

We can’t safeguard our loved ones from every danger. We’re only human. But there is One who provides ultimate protection — Jesus Christ.

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?