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The Lutheran Witness — Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective.

From chat room to church

Online connections can lead to in-store purchases or in-person coffee dates, but they can also draw people to the Church and to the saving Word of God.

Loving your (internet) neighbor

Given that there are over two billion active users on Facebook alone, the question “who is my neighbor?” takes on a whole new dimension in a digital age.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

Looking around at the contrary approaches that other church traditions take to Mary, it’s easy to be confused. How, then, should Lutherans view Mary?

Where have all the Christians gone?

The data are clear: American Christianity is in decline, and every major church body — including the LCMS — is feeling the pinch.

Snapshot: Ferguson

Micah Glenn “could not have foreseen” returning to Ferguson, Mo., after seminary, but as soon as he received the call, he knew it was where he needed to be.

The 95 Theses: A reader’s guide

Many have found the 95 Theses difficult to read and comprehend. This short primer highlights some of the theses and key concepts Luther wished to explore.

Rehearsing the narrative of salvation

Our creeds give us a quick, memorable summary of what we as Christians believe, teach and confess.