From the President

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

Those Who Labor Among You

What a blessing it is when those who labor among us and those among whom that labor is accomplished live and work peacefully among one another.

Just a Layman?

Serving God and others with our gifts of knowledge, wisdom, time, and financial resources is a very important part of our Christian calling.

‘Fan into Flame’

Placing a full-time missionary does not just happen. It takes planning, and it takes money. Our missionaries are reaching people with the Gospel thanks to LCMS individuals and congregations who have been part of Fan into Flame, the first Synodwide capital campaign in more than two decades.

Peace in Anxious Times

We are living in a time of anxiety, conflict, and concern. People are anxious today about employment and job stability; about the price of gas, other fuels, and food; and about the future leadership of our country.

Pastors Wanted

St. Paul asks in Romans 10, “How are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” Synod’s congregations will need around 2,700 pastors in the next 10 years, an average of 270 each year, just to fill retirement vacancies.

New Life, New Hope, New Challenges

April marks the beginning of spring. The combination of springtime sights, sounds, and smells in God’s creation reminds us of new life and new hope.

Your Labor is Not in Vain

It is critical to remember that our work in Jesus’ name has value because of His resurrection victory over sin, death, and the devil!

Reconciled to God and Each Other

Because of Christ Jesus and what He did for us, God forgives our sins, which makes it not only our duty, but our privilege, to forgive and reconcile with those who sin against us.

God presents us with opportunities to be His witnesses

You are reading a very special issue of The Lutheran Witness. Its focus is on people and institutions of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a world that needs so very much to hear God’s Good News.

The Greatest Gift of All

Thinking about Christmas and Christmas gifts, the love with which they are purchased and exchanged, and the sacrifice that often is involved reminds us that these same factors are descriptive also of the greatest gift of all.

Worldwide Partners in the Gospel

Partner church relationships promote good stewardship. Our partners continue the work we began—unencumbered by language and culture barriers that face American missionaries overseas.

Luther, the Gospel and Us

Lord, reform the church. Begin with me. As we prepare to celebrate the festival of the Reformation, our thoughts naturally turn back to the circumstances that led to the event nearly 500 years ago.

Chosen and Blessed

“CHOSEN” was the theme of this year’s National Youth Gathering —a major purpose of which is to help our young people grow in their understanding of who they are as CHOSEN ones of our gracious God.

‘His Love Is Here for You’

Of all the LCMS conventions I have attended, none has exceeded or even equaled the evangelical and fraternal spirit of this year’s gathering.

The Synod in Convention

One Message—Christ! His Love is Here for You!
This is the theme for the Synod’s triennial national convention.

Law and Gospel Preaching

Have you heard some good sermons lately? By a “good sermon,” I mean proper and powerful preaching…