The Lutheran Witness

Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

Lutheran Witness: June/July 2019

Look ahead to the 2019 Synod Convention with previews of overtures, nominees for president, essays, the opening service and more in the June/July issue of The Lutheran Witness.

Thanks, Herb!

First Vice-President Herb Mueller has been a standout among many excellent and gifted servants of Christ throughout his years of service to the LCMS.

From whom I learned it

My parents have lived in the same house since they got married in 1984. I have my passport number memorized. But where it counts, I am their spitting image.

Peace where brothers are engaging

The Church Militant is not only fighting with Satan and his demonic armies. It is also fighting with itself. Brothers fight.

Mocking the bully Death

In the end, no matter how hard you work to avoid it, death towers over you and remorselessly says, “I win. I always do.” And what are you to say?

What about the Holy Spirit?

Great blessings come to us when we fully embrace a Lutheran understanding of who the Spirit is, how He works and where He can be found.

In defense of Mother’s Day

We should take a little time to bless the mothers in our congregations, to thank them, pray for them, encourage them and support them.

Peace on a mission

Jesus’ peace is “peace on a mission.” “As the Father has sent me,” He told His apostles, “even so I am sending you.”

Lutheran Witness: May 2019

Readers curious to know more about who the Holy Spirit is and how He works will find plenty to ponder in the May issue of The Lutheran Witness. 

Let’s want better for our children

It’s not hard to pick up on what the world around us wants us to want for our children. But what would God have us want for them?

Jesus Christ alone

Jesus was crucified, and He hung on the cross until death — alone. He understands loneliness. He understands sadness. He understands suffering.

A Holy Week identity crisis

If we truly examine our words and actions, we are forced to admit that we have sometimes echoed Peter’s words: “I know not the man!”

My duplicate is dead

As the family sat down to open Christmas presents, their 7-year-old son began to cry: “Mommy! Mommy! My duplicate is dead!” What could it mean?

Save the offering

Online giving may soon make passing the plate during Sunday morning worship services practically obsolete. But at what theological cost?

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

During Lent, we stare the awful truth of death directly in the face and contemplate anew the depth of our sin and the magnitude of Christ’s salvation.

Lutheran Witness: April 2019

Christ alone. It seems so simple, so elementary. Every Lutheran knows and believes that, don’t they? And yet … how often do we forget?