The Lutheran Witness

Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

Ordinary Means, Extradordinary Gifts

The Lord’s Supper is a gift of life and love to be received, not a requirement to be fulfilled.

Portals of Prayer

A little magazine; a big message.

Strangers in the Pews

You can help visitors to your congregation feel welcome. Here are some practical thoughts to keep in mind.

Lutheranism’s Sweetest Voice

Paul Gerhardt’s beloved hymns were a product of suffering.

Hopes and Dreams

What hopes, dreams, or goals do you have for the future—for yourself and for your family? What about for your church?

A Faithful Story?

I was disappointed to read that Dr. Albrecht felt The Nativity Story (December) was “faithful…

A Valid Communion?

The Q&A reply to “Is self-communion appropriate?” (December) rightly emphasizes the corporate character of Holy…

A Welcome Return

Thank you for reinstating the Bible study “Searching Scripture” in The Lutheran Witness. I have…

Christian Soldiers

by Rev. Andrew Simcak Jr. Whether you know it or not, you, dear Christian, are…

Shedding Some Light

One for “Q and A”As a farmer with many tasks that need to be done…

Family Counselor: Pornography in the Marriage

by Dr. William B. Knippa I was startled recently when I discovered my husband looking…

The Task at Hand

In response to Rev. Oscar Gerken’s November 2006 comments regarding the supposed error in the…

Needed: Missionaries of Any Age

Missionary Chuck Groth, 58, calls his work in Cambodia “great fun” and “the hardest work you’ll ever love.”

Taking Christ to Cambodia

Gospel doors are opening in this Buddhist country, where the murderous Pol Pot regime and the dream of a Cambodian refugee sparked the start of the country’s first LCMS-affiliated congregation.

A Joyful Lent

During Lent, we Christians take time to reflect, to confess, and to repent. But repentance is also a joy—a gift from God that changes our hearts and lives.

Torn Shirt

Tearing our garments and dumping ashes on our heads to demonstrate our repentance are anachronistic today. What replaces them in our lives as we enter Lent?