The Lutheran Witness

Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

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.

Behind enemy lines

In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis helps us decipher many of the crafty ways the devil tries to tempt, mislead and deceive us.

When one can’t flee the plague

Christ’s death paid the price for your sins so that even though you “patiently await” physical death, you wait with the hope of the resurrection.

Lutheran Witness: March 2020

The March issue of The Lutheran Witness explores the themes of fasting and temptation. 

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.