The Lutheran Witness

Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

Visiting friends and partners in the Gospel

Visitation is the sacred duty of every pastor. To be sure, the ministry of Jesus, the apostles and St. Paul was not tied to any one place.

Lutheran Witness: December 2019

The Lutheran Witness examines the arts of Christmas in its December issue, “We wish to see Jesus.”

O give thanks to the Lord

The atoning death of Christ is the fount of Christian thanksgiving.

God’s truth today: CTCR guides important discussions

The CTCR has produced five new documents and approved fellowship with four new Lutheran church bodies in the past year.

Losing control

The loss of control magnifies the gift of prayer.

Breaking the back-sitting Lutheran

Who could think of Lutherans without thinking of a people possessed of an unflagging, unabating, almost obsessive desire to sit in the back of the church during worship?

Lutheran Witness: November 2019

The November Lutheran Witness offers a look into the “State of the Synod” in 2019.

Generations of saints

Out of His unconditional love, grace and mercy, God makes saints of every generation.

For the sake of the Gospel

The heart of our confession of Christ and the sacred Scriptures is summarized in the Augsburg Confession.

Jesus got it right

Reformation Day reminds us that the blood Jesus shed for us on the cross sets us free. Jesus got it right. And, eventually, so did Luther.

Live generously, live dangerously

Living generously does not always look sensible or wise, but it looks like the love of Jesus, and by this all people will know that we are His disciples.

With my lost saints

It may seem for all the world as though death is the end of love. But it is not so. In Christ, love never ends (1 Cor. 13:8).

Serving with varied grace

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord.”

Singing the gospel

Hymns do more than effect emotion or even devotion. They bear the rich, deep words of Holy Scripture — the very Gospel itself — sung right into our hearts and minds.

Lutheran Witness: October 2019

The Lutheran Witness celebrates saints in its October issue, “The Communion of Saints, the Forgiveness of Sins.”

Mercy and not sacrifice

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is lived out in the life of the Christian. We live in the in-between time, the time of sorrows. But this time of sorrow is limited. It will not last forever.