The Lutheran Witness

Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

Big Brother, bigger God

Google’s algorithms have searched us. Do they know us?

‘For the good of the church’

Fifteen Lutheran pastors in Venezuela are braving danger and discomfort to bring Christ to their neighbors.

From throwing rocks to linking arms

As our common enemies grow in strength and hostility, we must stand firm with Catholics on the ground that we share.

Lutheran Witness: August 2019

Christ gives us joy even in a world of sin and pain. August’s LW explores the theme “Joy:fully Lutheran.”

Pray without ceasing

The Psalms are God’s prayer book especially for us.

The law and gospel of chicken dinners

What does the Bible say about people and animals?

Happy birthday to someone else

When we’re staring at a pile of blessings next door, we miss the ones in front of us.

A note to parents with wiggly children

“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14).

Celebrating our dependence

God did not create us for independence or autonomy. His freedom is not the same as the world’s “freedom.”

A God of acts and facts

Of the 52 Sundays in the Church Year, only Trinity Sunday commemorates a doctrine rather than an event.

A prayer for the church

Congregations: Consider using these words in the Prayer of the Church on or before July 14, as you pray together for the Synod convention (July 20–25).

Lutheran Witness: June/July 2019

Look ahead to the 2019 Synod Convention with previews of overtures, nominees for president, essays, the opening service and more in the June/July issue of The Lutheran Witness.

Thanks, Herb!

First Vice-President Herb Mueller has been a standout among many excellent and gifted servants of Christ throughout his years of service to the LCMS.

From whom I learned it

My parents have lived in the same house since they got married in 1984. I have my passport number memorized. But where it counts, I am their spitting image.

Peace where brothers are engaging

The Church Militant is not only fighting with Satan and his demonic armies. It is also fighting with itself. Brothers fight.

Mocking the bully Death

In the end, no matter how hard you work to avoid it, death towers over you and remorselessly says, “I win. I always do.” And what are you to say?