The Lutheran Witness

Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

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?

Love won in St. Louis

What does love look like? A husband and a wife who lay down their lives for each other. Christ on the cross, dying to redeem His Bride.

Let there be light

Beginning with its epic appearance in the opening verses of Genesis, light is a powerful image throughout the pages of Scripture.

We shall not want: On Psalm 23

The words of the familiar psalm are more than poetry. They are a confession of faith: With Christ as our Shepherd, we want for nothing.

Love keeps no record of rights

We do a nice thing and immediately tuck it away in our mental archives for later. “Wow,” we say to ourselves, “would you look at that!” And then we do. Often.

Hot dish heaven

Lasagna and honey ham, lemon bars and snickerdoodles … There’s something heavenly about a potluck.

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Where moth and rust decay

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.”

When faith matters most

When the unimaginable happens, faith in Jesus is the only thing that will help us through.

Praying to the Lord of the harvest

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:36).

Lutheran Witness: March 2019

In its March issue, LW looks at what it means for Christians to live “in the world, but not of the world” — together.

Embracing the church generation gap

Instead of just bridging the church generation gap, what if we embraced it? From both sides?

Who is my neighbor?

In the family of God, we never run out of people to love.

There’s no theology like snow theology

Snow falls, and the ugliness of an unsightly landscape disappears. Dirt, decay, dilapidation — all are erased by two or three inches of newly fallen snow.