christmas

Advent/Christmas media kit free for congregational use

The items in the kit may be personalized with the local parish’s information.

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 …

When Jesus ruins Christmas

Up against the glorious reality of Christ’s Incarnation, the “holly jolly” fluff surrounding our cultural celebration of Christmas tends to lose its luster.

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.

A meditation for Christmas

Cradle to cross, Jesus humbled Himself, serving to the point of death and giving His life as a ransom for many. At Christmas and always, we cling to Him.

Lutheran Witness: December 2018

The great mystery and “miracle supreme” of Christ’s incarnation is the thread that runs through the December issue of The Lutheran Witness. 

December ‘Lutheran Witness’ celebrates — and possibly ruins? — Christmas

Among other topics, the issue considers how Christians’ observance of Christmas may sometimes serve to distract rather than enrich their celebration of Christ’s birth.

CTCR Bible studies on Justification

To help individuals and congregations commemorate the Reformation, the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) developed prepared Bible studies on the doctrine of justification.

Keeping Christmas

“Keep Christ in Christmas!” the billboards and yard signs tell us. But what does it mean for us to keep both “Christ” and “Mass” in Christmas?

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?

Christmas is too good to miss

Even if only five people show up on a sleety Christmas Eve, open the doors. Light candles. Sing. Read Scripture. Preach the Word.

Luther’s Small Catechism: A Christmas gift for the whole Church

Here is a book for whole-life discipleship, giving guidance to Christians on how they are to believe and live mercifully for others, telling them about Christ, and offering wisdom for their various vocations.

Lutheran Witness: December 2017

This month’s issue addresses a variety of topics relating to Advent and Christmas, with a special focus on Mary’s place in history and Lutheran theology.

Commission on Theology and Church Relations prepares Bible studies on doctrine of justification

The first of the Bible studies, “Justifying Christmas,” will be available in mid-November.

Welcome to Earth, O noble Guest!

Merry Christmas to you and yours from The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. May Christ dwell in you richly this season.

Reformation Relevance: Mary and her Child

An excerpt from a recently translated Christmas Day sermon by Martin Luther.