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Rev. Roy Askins is the managing editor of The Lutheran Witness.

Michigan floods lead to widespread evacuations

Along with local authorities, the LCMS Michigan District is currently assessing the situation.

‘In sickness and in health’: May ‘Lutheran Witness’

The issue explains how to keep Christ at the center of the wedding day and how Christ cares for His Bride, the church.

Lutheran Witness: May 2020

The May Lutheran Witness, “In sickness and in health,” contains articles on the theology of marriage and weddings, and on the church’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

April ‘Witness’ defends biblical teaching about Jesus’ resurrection

The issue also shares tips for talking to friends and family about the resurrection, examines what 1 Corinthians 15 says about the resurrection, and extols hymns that celebrate the resurrection.

Lutheran Witness: April 2020

The April issue of The Lutheran Witness focuses on the significance and the defense of Scripture’s account of the resurrection.

Read Luther’s letter about plague

Download and read Luther’s letter about the deadly plague.

When one can’t flee the plague

Christ’s death paid the price for your sins so that even though you “patiently await” physical death, you wait with the hope of the resurrection.

March ‘Lutheran Witness’ focuses on fasting, temptation

The issue covers topics such as fasting in modern times, avoiding abuses of fasting and the biblical background of fasting.

Lutheran Witness: March 2020

The March issue of The Lutheran Witness explores the themes of fasting and temptation. 

On listening to sermons: More suggestions

Listening to sermons on Sunday morning often requires wrestling with my sinful flesh to focus on what the pastor is preaching. It’s not easy; it takes work.

Delegates tidy up the polity of the Synod

Delegates of the 2019 LCMS convention adopted four final resolutions brought to the delegation by Floor Committee 9 on Structure and Governance.

Synod recognizes fellowship with third church body in South Africa

The Synod in convention recognized fellowship with a South African church body, commended a report on cremation, and requested further study on “the relationship between unity in doctrine and uniformity and variety in practice.”

Convention confesses: ‘God created the world in six natural days’

After some discussion, the Synod in convention adopted Res. 5-09A, which confesses that God created the world in six natural days.

Synod adopts larger slate of candidates for future presidential elections

Convention delegates opted to increase the slate of candidates for presidential elections from three to five and adjust bylaws to provide for a timely election process.

Synod in convention examines relationships of partner churches with LWF

Floor Committee 5 on Theology and Church Relations brought resolutions to the 2019 LCMS convention regarding the fellowship of partner churches with the Lutheran World Federation, while also commending the International Lutheran Council.

Delegates seek to protect privacy of future convention participants

Convention delegates adopted Res. 9-04A to safeguard the personal information of future delegates and perform some constitutional housecleaning.