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

Happy birthday to someone else

When we’re staring at a pile of blessings next door, we miss the ones in front of us.

A note to parents with wiggly children

“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 19:14).

Celebrating our dependence

God did not create us for independence or autonomy. His freedom is not the same as the world’s “freedom.”

A God of acts and facts

Of the 52 Sundays in the Church Year, only Trinity Sunday commemorates a doctrine rather than an event.

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?

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.

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!”

Save the offering

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

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.