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Challenge your theological synapses with Rev. Tyrel Bramwell, Admission Counselor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and author of the book Come in, We are Closed, as he talks about curious topics to excite the imagination, equip the mind, and comfort the soul with God’s ordering of the world in the Law and Gospel. Send him your questions on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @tyrelbramwell, or at tyrelbramwell.com. You can find his videos at youtube.com/c/tyrelbramwell.
 
The Lutheran Witness provides readings of all the articles posted on LW website, witness.lcms.org. The Lutheran Witness is an official periodical of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (Visit lcms.org to learn more). Subscribe to the print edition of LW at cph.org/witness. For additional stories and articles that help you interpret the world from a Lutheran perspective, visit the LW website.
 
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Cross Defense returns with a look at Scripture’s answer to the controversial question, what is a woman? Francis Pieper provides our theological road map. Grab your Bible, pop in your headphones, and check out your church’s copy of Christian Dogmatics, Vol. I. Woman is a curious topic that the world doesn’t grasp. But God does! Host Rev. Tyrel Bramw…
 
In this article, the Rev. Dr. Jason Lane, professor of theology at Concordia University Wisconsin, explains why God’s pronouns are important and how the move to stop using masculine pronouns grows out of a feminist theology that rejects a biblical view of God. You can read the article on The Lutheran Witness website. For more information on The Lut…
 
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Shaw, LCMS Director of Church Relations and assistant to the LCMS president, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the Russia-Ukraine War, including the questions we should ask to understand if we should be involved in this war, how we understand the kingdom of the right and the kingdom of the left, how we understand just war theory,…
 
Anna Mussmann, homeschool mom of four and author of "Making the Most of Your Kids’ Summer Boredom" on The Lutheran Witness Online, joins Sarah and guest co-host Rachel Bomberger, co-host of the Lutheran Ladies' Lounge Podcast, to talk about how healthy boredom is a good thing, why we are so uncomfortable with boredom and solitude, how adults can ov…
 
Rev. Dr. Joel Elowsky, Professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about when the historic church began observing the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord as its own festival, the sources we have from the early church about the church's practices, what this celebration might have looked like, wher…
 
As our study of Ephesians comes to a close, Paul tells us about the armor of God which He gives us to fight temptation and the evil around us. He reminds us of who the real enemy is and that this armor is Jesus Christ. God clothes us with Jesus Christ and in His victory can we stand in the “evil day.” For the victory is ours in Jesus Christ.…
 
Hear Sunday's "The Pastor's Bible Study" on the following week's Lectionary Readings from St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Des Peres, MO, led by St. Paul's pastors Rev. Glen Thomas and Rev. Kevin Thomson. Find more details about the St. Paul's Bible Studies at stpaulsdesperes.org/ministries. This is a rebroadcast from April 19, 2020.…
 
Paul now leads us into a discussion of new life in Christ in chapter 4. The language here reminds us of our baptism. For at our baptism we put off the old man, our hard hearts and our sinful desires. We also put on Christ with His righteousness and holiness. We are renewed and have a whole new way to live our lives in Christ.…
 
Rev. Roy Askins, Managing Editor of The Lutheran Witness, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the “Searching the Scriptures” feature in the April 2022 issue of the Lutheran Witness titled "Reconciled in Christ" on Ephesians 2:11-22. This year, "Searching the Scriptures" will study the book of Ephesians, so stay tuned each month for the next Bible st…
 
Unity is a continuing theme in Ephesians. In chapter 4 “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” takes center stage. This unity is a gift of God to us as we continue in the faith in Jesus Christ. We are to hasten to keep this God given gift. This is possible only through Jesus Christ giving His people so many blessed gifts.…
 
“For by grace are you saved through faith” is one of the most well known passages in the New Testament from Ephesians 2. However, there is even more in this chapter from walking in trespasses and sins, to being saved by grace through faith in Christ resulting in a new life of walking in good works and finally, being built up as a "holy temple in th…
 
Rev. Dr. Stephen Pietsch, lecturer in pastoral theology at Australian Lutheran College in North Adelaide, Australia, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about acedia and how to respond to it, including what acedia is, the symptoms of this in our lives, how to keep praying through acedia, talking back to Satan (antirrhesis), and more ways to fight acedia. …
 
An essay read to the LCC East Regional Pastors' Conference, 2022-03-15, originally published:Thomas M. Winger, ‘Sasse as Interpreter of the Lutheran Confessions’, in Der Theologe Hermann Sasse (1895–1976): Einblicke in Seine Internationale Wirkung Als Exeget, Kirchenhistoriker, Systematiker Und Ökumeniker, ed. Werner Klän, Oberurseler Hefte Ergänzu…
 
Rev. Roy Askins, Managing Editor of The Lutheran Witness, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the “Searching the Scriptures” feature in the March 2022 issue of the Lutheran Witness titled "By Grace You Have Been Saved" on Ephesians 2:1-10. This year, "Searching the Scriptures" will study the book of Ephesians, so stay tuned each month for the next B…
 
Pastor David Smith begins a study of the book of Ephesians, providing a brief history on the people of Ephesus. Paul writes to the church in Ephesus. The Apostle spent over three years in Ephesus. He writes a general letter to them instructing them in a number of areas. He begins with a Prayer of Praise in 1:3-14. Interesting is the fact that these…
 
Rev. Roy Askins, Managing Editor of The Lutheran Witness, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the “Searching the Scriptures” feature in the February 2022 issue of the Lutheran Witness titled “Unceasing Prayer” on Ephesians 1:15–23. This year, “Searching the Scriptures” will study the book of Ephesians, so stay tuned each month for the next Bible stu…
 
As John begins the last chapter of his epistle, he weaves together many themes including faith, love, the Holy Spirit, testimony, water and blood. In just a few verses he ties all these together around Jesus Christ. He affirms that our faith in Jesus Christ overcomes the world. Jesus Christ is the only One who tells us the truth. Jesus Christ is th…
 
In 1John 4 the Apostle says, “God is love.” Then he proceeds to tell us about the love of God manifested in Jesus Christ. This is the very nature of God. John shares with us our lives here and in eternity as God gives us His selfless, unconditional, undeserved, eternal love. John says, ’”No one has seen God.” Yet, with eyes of faith we see that God…
 
Pastor David Smith continues the study in 1 John, beginning with verse 11. John carefully draws the comparison between those who believe in Jesus Christ and are in a right relationship with God versus those who do not believe and are not in such a relationship. Faith in Christ translates into a life of loving one’s neighbor. Without that faith ther…
 
Pastor Tanner Wade leads as we continue our third week in the epistles of John, looking at what means to remember the true purity of knowledge in the gospel and the impact of John’s wonderful proclamation of “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.…
 
Rev. Roy Askins, Managing Editor of The Lutheran Witness, joins Andy to talk about the “Searching the Scriptures” feature in the January 2022 issue of the Lutheran Witness titled “Ephesians: God’s eternal work marks the way we walk” on Ephesians 1:1-14. This year, “Searching the Scriptures” will study the book of Ephesians, so stay tuned each month…
 
Pastor David Smith continues studying Colossians, beginning in chapter 3. As baptized people of God, there are many implications for every part of our life especially the family. What is the role of husbands, wives, and children? God’s Word has many insights. We will also look at the whole concept of slavery in the New Testament and how this was to…
 
The church celebrates a number of rather somber festivals in the days following Christmas. We remember St. Stephen, St. John and the Holy Innocents who died at Herod’s behest. Rebekah Curtis offers some perspective for Christians on why we celebrate these days following Christmas. For more information on The Lutheran Witness or to subscribe to the …
 
Have you ever wondered how to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas? And why? If we just finished Christmas, why celebrate another 12 days? Joy Pullmann, executive editor of the Federalist shares how and why her family celebrates the 12 days of Christmas. Read the article here. For more information on The Lutheran Witness or to subscribe to the magazi…
 
Rachel Bomberger is the wife of a navy chaplain. This means she is frequently moving and frequently church shopping. In today’s podcast, she talks about church shopping during the holiday season and how we who aren’t church shopping might welcome those who are. Read the article here. For more information on The Lutheran Witness or to subscribe to t…
 
In America, our great wealth makes almost every day seem like a feast. The rhythms of the church year that give us fast and feasting help break us out of this mentality. Join Anna Mussmann as she writes about her family traditions of fasting before feasting. Read the article. For more information on The Lutheran Witness or to subscribe to the magaz…
 
In this article, the Rev. Jeffrey Hemmer explores our identity as children of God, as beings with body and soul. In our increasingly digitized world, it’s easy to obsess over our screens and forget that we are body and soul, made in the image of God, and renewed in the image of Christ, who redeemed us in body and soul. Read the article on the LW we…
 
In this article, Katie Schuermann talks about a family tradition, started by her parents, that kept her focused on Christ on Christmas Day. She wasn’t interested in opening presents; she wanted to gather in worship on Sunday morning. How did her parents do it? Listen to learn more. Read the article here. For more information on The Lutheran Witness…
 
Rev. Roy Askins, Managing Editor of The Lutheran Witness, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the “Searching the Scriptures” feature in the December 2021 issue of the Lutheran Witness titled “The resurrection of the body and the life + everlasting. Amen.” about the this phrase of the Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed. Follow along and search the …
 
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