christmas

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.

Chrismons: signs and symbols worth studying

Chrismons turn our attention to Christ, symbolizing His life and ministry.

December ‘Witness’: Reason to rejoice

Read the December ‘Lutheran Witness’ to learn more about the hymnody, poetry and decorations through which Christ is displayed for this world.

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.