From the President

The Lutheran Witness — Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective.

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.

Peace on a mission

Jesus’ peace is “peace on a mission.” “As the Father has sent me,” He told His apostles, “even so I am sending you.”

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

During Lent, we stare the awful truth of death directly in the face and contemplate anew the depth of our sin and the magnitude of Christ’s salvation.

Praying to the Lord of the harvest

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:36).

What’s it like being president of Synod?

Like every other pastor, the Synod president must deal with a variety of situations, trying faithfully and kindly to apply the Word of God in every instance.

Let’s be who we are

From LCMS President Matthew Harrison: “We cannot and must not lose our fundamental, biblical, confessional and (above all) Gospel bearings.”

A meditation for Christmas

Cradle to cross, Jesus humbled Himself, serving to the point of death and giving His life as a ransom for many. At Christmas and always, we cling to Him.

So many blessings

“Synod” is not St. Louis. It’s you. It’s your local congregation, it’s your circuit, it’s your district, it’s all of us together. And we are blessed.

Walther’s breakdown

Even the greatest of Christians can suffer from mental illness. In this letter from C.F.W. Walther to his congregation, Walther describes his debilitating depression and the beginnings of respite and healing.

About time

The Bible has a shocking plethora of things to say about time, and much of it is of the blessed Gospel! In fact, it lifts the pall on time and reveals Christ in eternity.

You shall not steal

How can my love of money and possessions be broken? How can I become generous so that I deeply desire to help my neighbor “improve and protect his possessions and income”? Only Jesus.

On being a man

The Bible says quite a lot about maleness gone wrong through sin, about what actions and qualities God loves to see in men — and about Christ, who, above all, demonstrates clearly God’s intentions for men.

Thinkstock
The glorious blessing of Christ’s resurrection

It is the bedrock teaching of the New Testament that Christ is the first one raised, and we too shall be raised from the dead at the Last Day.

I challenge you to read the Bible

There is no problem of faith, life, family or Church for which the Bible does not have answers. As we move toward the Synod’s 175th anniversary in 2022, let’s be people of the Bible.

What is the good life?

The “good life,” the greatest life, is life reconciled to God our Maker and to our fellow human beings — in love, forgiveness and yes, great joy.

Will you pray for your pastor?

Will you, by God’s Spirit, resolve to be more diligent in prayer for for your pastor? He needs your prayers, always — and now, more than ever.