The Lutheran Witness

Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

We shall not want: On Psalm 23

The words of the familiar psalm are more than poetry. They are a confession of faith: With Christ as our Shepherd, we want for nothing.

Love keeps no record of rights

We do a nice thing and immediately tuck it away in our mental archives for later. “Wow,” we say to ourselves, “would you look at that!” And then we do. Often.

Hot dish heaven

Lasagna and honey ham, lemon bars and snickerdoodles … There’s something heavenly about a potluck.

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Where moth and rust decay

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.”

When faith matters most

When the unimaginable happens, faith in Jesus is the only thing that will help us through.

Praying to the Lord of the harvest

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:36).

Lutheran Witness: March 2019

In its March issue, LW looks at what it means for Christians to live “in the world, but not of the world” — together.

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.

What’s it like being president of Synod?

Like every other pastor, the Synod president must deal with a variety of situations, trying faithfully and kindly to apply the Word of God in every instance.

Lutheran Witness: February 2019

Who is your neighbor? And what does it mean to “love your neighbor as yourself”? This February, The Lutheran Witness is exploring what it looks like when Lutherans show God’s love to neighbors in need.

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.