The Lutheran Witness

Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

Unlikely Savior, unlikely saints

Of all the Gentiles, the Magi would have been some of the most unlikely converts and worshipers. Yet even so, they came and worshiped the Savior.

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.”

Lutheran Witness: January 2019

What will readers find in LW’s January issue on missions and evangelism? Faith. Conviction. Perseverance. Courage. Hope. Marching orders.

The miracle truce of Christmas

On Christmas Eve 1914, World War I had been raging for months and 800,000 men had already been wounded or killed. Then something truly remarkable happened …

When Jesus ruins Christmas

Up against the glorious reality of Christ’s Incarnation, the “holly jolly” fluff surrounding our cultural celebration of Christmas tends to lose its luster.

The Christmas squid

Its body is a rectangle of Styrofoam. Out of one end, a toothpick protrudes; out of the other spring several red and green pipe cleaners.

He was a good man

“He was a good man.” It’s a common refrain at funerals. But what are we really saying with these words? What does it mean to call a man “good”?

Advent is not a drag

Advent isn’t a drag. It’s a time when believers show the world that there’s oil in our flasks and that our faith isn’t pointless.

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.

Lutheran Witness: December 2018

The great mystery and “miracle supreme” of Christ’s incarnation is the thread that runs through the December issue of The Lutheran Witness. 

What is the most Lutheran sport?

Tennis? Running? Golf? What is the quintessential Lutheran sport? The answer might surprise you … but then again, it might not.

The wonderful impossibility of giving thanks

It’s wonderfully impossible to thank the Lord fully and completely for all his benefits. But by God’s grace, we thank, praise, serve and obey him.

On suffering

In the midst of suffering and pain, we find our hope where Peter did: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life …” (John 6:68).

Joyfully witnessing

From the angels to the apostles to Lutherans among their neighbors today, the Church in heaven and on earth continues to bear joyful witness to Christ.

Under lock and key? Look and see!

By His death and resurrection, Jesus locked up sin, death and Satan forever — and unlocked paradise for all who would believe.

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.