The Lutheran Witness

Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

Spiraling Out of Control

by Gene Edward Veith A recent poll found that 80% of Americans believe the country…

Vocation and Lawlessness

by Gene Edward Veith We Lutherans speak quite a bit about the second use of…

Another Scourge

1793. 1918. 2020. Devastating diseases have been a part of the human experience since the fall of human beings into sin.

The Failure of the Idol of Science

In 1755, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal, on All Saints’ Day, terrorizing the city of 250,000. Churches were full when the first tremor struck. Many perished in collapsing churches.

Lutheran Witness: June/July 2020

The June/July Lutheran Witness reflects on the response of the church to the COVID-19 pandemic, under the theme “By Faith, Not by Sight.”

Does God will suffering and affliction?

God works His greatest blessings through crosses.

A wedding story

After a minute or so of this, Todd asked, “Pastor, what do you think was going on?” I said, “When it’s time, it’s time. Todd, it’s time.”

Give us a blessed end

We do not often think of a funeral as the best time for reflection on the Small Catechism. However, when I conducted my first funeral as a young pastor, I was struck by just how appropriate Luther’s explanation to the Seventh Petition of the Lord’s Prayer was for just such an occasion. I not only incorporated it into my first funeral sermon but also led the congregation in a recitation of it then and at every subsequent funeral service.

Love is hard, hard work

Christian love is defined by Christ and follows His example as confessed in 1 Corinthians 13. Christian love lives entirely for someone else.

Christ’s Care in Coronavirus

Thoughts from the midst of the virus by Derek Lecakes Life has changed. We have…

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. 

This pandemic is temporary

Pandemics and plagues have come and gone over the millennia. Christ has sustained His church.

Answering objections to the resurrection

Five common objections to Jesus’ resurrection and suggestions for countering them with simple explanations.

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.

He rose again according to the Scriptures

The apostles were sent by Christ to bear witness to the world. Their words still bear witness to Christ’s resurrection.

Read Luther’s letter about plague

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