The Lutheran Witness

Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

And the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness

Jesus fasted for all of us as part of His obedience to the Law. But no doubt, He also fasted to keep His body, mind and spirit focused upon His Father and His mission.

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.

Saints singing their faith

Through hymns, the Gospel is carried to hearts and minds in music.

Lutheran Witness: February 2020

The February Lutheran Witness focuses on preaching and God’s Word, under the theme “Hearing and Believing.”

How shall they hear without a preacher?

Belief can’t happen where the message has not been heard. And there can be no hearing of the message without a preacher.

Views on grace

Denominations in Christianity understand “grace” in a variety of ways. See how the Scripture-based understanding Lutherans have of grace compares with others.

Through pinholes of light

As dark days become brighter, Epiphany delivers us the Jesus who Himself is the Light of the World.

Lutheran Witness: January 2020

The January issue of The Lutheran Witness explores the biblical and Lutheran definition of “grace.”

It all rests on Christ

My salvation is as certain as Christ, because everything Christ did is mine! You see, it’s blasphemous to say, “Yes, I believe in Christ, but I don’t know if I’m really going to heaven.”

Poor sinners, royal priests

What exactly is the “priesthood of all believers”? And what does it mean for us?

The reason for every season

Christmas and Advent are also about Christ’s coming in Word and Sacrament today, and about living in eager, joyful anticipation of His second coming.

A crèche “crisis” averted  

Let us join the Holy Family and shepherds and angels in focusing our gaze on the babe in the crib, on the greatest Gift of God, born to bear all our sins and give us eternal life.

Chrismons: signs and symbols worth studying

Chrismons turn our attention to Christ, symbolizing His life and ministry.

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.