From the President

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

How did Luther become a Lutheran?

Luther’s Reformation insights did not come in one fell swoop on October 31, 1517. Far from it. The indulgence controversy pushed him forward and into Scripture.

The Rev. Wally Arp, senior pastor of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, visits with Beverly Kilbey at a birthday party for a 100 year-old parishioner at Lutheran Haven on Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Oviedo, Fla. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford
Joyfully Lutheran

How shall we live as Lutherans? “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances” (1 THESS. 5:16–18).

Rejoicing to confess

The Lutheran Confessions give us a firm place to stand as we consider the world in all its complexity.

Grieving with Hope

Several references tell of Luther’s great struggle – the struggle we all face in times of death.

Why do we suffer trials?

What is the purpose of trials in the Christian life?

Only the Christian’s Left Foot Remains in the Grave

What joy is ours as resurrection people to participate is Christ’s own great mission of seeking, finding and saving the lost!

Why Do I Believe in Jesus?

My reason follows after, in the wake of faith, and convinces me that the universe is simply too ordered and too complex to exist by chance.

How to Pray the Ten Commandments

Learn Luther’s method of prayer, which interestingly encompasses both rote and free prayer!

Christ Becomes the Greatest Sinner . . . for You!

Jesus comes to [John the Baptist] at the Jordan from Galilee and desires to be baptized [Matt. 3:13]. How marvelously backward this is!

Consolations for Our Times

As we await the advent of Christ, we need the same consolations for our times

Great Truths

If the future of the Church depends upon us, then we are sunk.

The Joy of a Generous and Faithful Lutheranism

Wherever the Gospel and Sacraments are—enough to bring people to true faith in the true Jesus—there is the Church.

The Joy of Marriage

So it is with marriage. You won’t get very far trying to travel alone in a relationship, talking to yourself, or at someone else.

Doctrine and Mission: The Purpose of Synod Meetings

Read one Synod president’s words, which comprise a beautiful, urgent admonition for synod conventions to be, above all, doctrinal and to be doctrinal in order to be about mission.

Christ Is Our Rock. Be Bold!

Our house of faith is built on the Rock!

On Pastors and Spiritual Priests

“Whether proclaimed by a layperson, preacher—indeed by the devil himself,” the Word does its work.