Web-Exclusive Articles

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

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.

Photo by Ahna Ziegler on Unsplash
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.

Embracing the church generation gap

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

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.

The people that in darkness sat

As we “sit in darkness” together during these dark, cold days of winter, the words of a favorite Epiphany hymn bring us comfort and hope.

Notes from a not-so-crazy cat lady

Freddy the cat reminds his owner daily of God’s providence, faithfulness and love for her as she adjusts to life in as a missionary in the Dominican Republic.

Unlikely Savior, unlikely saints

Of all the Gentiles, the Magi would have been some of the most unlikely converts and worshipers. Yet even so, they came and worshiped the Savior.

The miracle truce of Christmas

On Christmas Eve 1914, World War I had been raging for months and 800,000 men had already been wounded or killed. Then something truly remarkable happened …

The Christmas squid

Its body is a rectangle of Styrofoam. Out of one end, a toothpick protrudes; out of the other spring several red and green pipe cleaners.

He was a good man

“He was a good man.” It’s a common refrain at funerals. But what are we really saying with these words? What does it mean to call a man “good”?

Advent is not a drag

Advent isn’t a drag. It’s a time when believers show the world that there’s oil in our flasks and that our faith isn’t pointless.

What is the most Lutheran sport?

Tennis? Running? Golf? What is the quintessential Lutheran sport? The answer might surprise you … but then again, it might not.

The wonderful impossibility of giving thanks

It’s wonderfully impossible to thank the Lord fully and completely for all his benefits. But by God’s grace, we thank, praise, serve and obey him.