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

Through pinholes of light

As dark days become brighter, Epiphany delivers us the Jesus who Himself is the Light of the World.

Poor sinners, royal priests

What exactly is the “priesthood of all believers”? And what does it mean for us?

The reason for every season

Christmas and Advent are also about Christ’s coming in Word and Sacrament today, and about living in eager, joyful anticipation of His second coming.

A crèche “crisis” averted  

Let us join the Holy Family and shepherds and angels in focusing our gaze on the babe in the crib, on the greatest Gift of God, born to bear all our sins and give us eternal life.

O give thanks to the Lord

The atoning death of Christ is the fount of Christian thanksgiving.

Losing control

The loss of control magnifies the gift of prayer.

Breaking the back-sitting Lutheran

Who could think of Lutherans without thinking of a people possessed of an unflagging, unabating, almost obsessive desire to sit in the back of the church during worship?

Generations of saints

Out of His unconditional love, grace and mercy, God makes saints of every generation.

Jesus got it right

Reformation Day reminds us that the blood Jesus shed for us on the cross sets us free. Jesus got it right. And, eventually, so did Luther.

Live generously, live dangerously

Living generously does not always look sensible or wise, but it looks like the love of Jesus, and by this all people will know that we are His disciples.

Serving with varied grace

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord.”

Mercy and not sacrifice

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is lived out in the life of the Christian. We live in the in-between time, the time of sorrows. But this time of sorrow is limited. It will not last forever.

Walking in circles

If we keep forging ahead in life on our own, the thorns and thistles we collect will do more than just irritate. Left untreated, they will kill.

Christian parents’ guide to minimalism

Tips for Christian parents who would like to reduce some of the non-tangible earthly junk in their households.

Jealousy in the brotherhood

Just as most children find it easier to get along with their grandparents than with their siblings, we in the Church Militant find it easier to honor our fathers in the faith than the brothers who surround us.

One thing for the church to let go

What is the one thing the church is going to have to let go of in order to make disciples of all nations?