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

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?

Missing someone at church?

When God’s people are not in His house receiving His gifts, it is a concern. But what can you do about it?

The ethics of designer babies

As new technologies emerge, Christians need to be mindful of their implications, and the ideals that lurk behind them.

Big Brother, bigger God

Google’s algorithms have searched us. Do they know us?

From throwing rocks to linking arms

As our common enemies grow in strength and hostility, we must stand firm with Catholics on the ground that we share.

The law and gospel of chicken dinners

What does the Bible say about people and animals?

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?