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Alvin, TX on Wednesday Aug 30, photo credit, Jennifer Davis

The rains came down

“There had been no mandatory evacuation for Friendswood residents. No one knew it was going to be this bad … And still, the rain continued.”

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Lutheran Witness: September 2017

Learn more about our creeds and confessions — what we believe, and how and why we talk about those shared beliefs — in this month’s Lutheran Witness. 

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How an ornate Italian font taught me big things about Baptism

There are a number of fascinating things about the Basilica of San Frediano in Lucca, Italy, but what really caught my eye was the baptismal font.

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Law and Gospel as Harmony

We sometimes speak of holding Law and Gospel in tension or balance, but we do well to remember that they are not even. Each has its own place and purpose. They should be rightly distinguished and applied, but this doesn’t always mean that they will be evenly distributed.

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A Happy Drowning

A happy, terrible act is Baptism — a rebirth of life and, at the same time, a drowning and death. We see this contrast in Romans: “We were buried therefore with [Christ] by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too […]

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Is it the apocalypse? A Lutheran guide to a total eclipse of the sun

If you’re looking for some spiritual significance to the total eclipse, why speculate? Rather than guess that it’s a harbinger of the future apocalypse, look back instead to the cross. Let it remind you of the Lord’s death for you, when even creation convulsed as the Creator suffered for your sins.

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