Lutheran Witness: April 2014


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From the editor

We steel ourselves for them every Easter: the stories, news broadcasts and tweets about whether Jesus really rose from the dead and how Christianity is just an old myth built on an elaborate hoax. We hear reports of cashiers who are no longer allowed to say “Happy Easter” and of communities hosting “spring egg hunts” instead of Easter egg hunts.

All of it can leave us feeling frustrated and dismayed. But this year, rather than rolling our eyes or shunning the topic all together, we’ve provide an Easter toolbox of sorts, a magazine filled with help on speaking about the faith to those who don’t believe.

In this issue, David Rosenkoetter’s “Thank God! The Bible’s Messy!” helps you articulate to others how you can be sure the Resurrection was real. “Disputed Truth,” by the Rev. Christian Tiews, outlines why Christians believe the Bible is without error and how we can share that news with our friends.

The Rev. Mark Jasa in “Utterly Simple” offers examples on how to make the case for Christianity when talking to a skeptic, and in “The Stones Cry Out,” the Rev. Kevin Vogts explains how archaeological digs haven proven — and continue to! — that Scripture lines up with history and fact.

“Bible on Beginnings,” by Joel Heck, summarizes how we can bear witness to the way in which God created the world, and Andrea Pitkus answers the age-old question, “If there is a God, why does He allow us to suffer?”

“A Mysterious Pair of Docks,” by the Rev. David Coe, debunks the myth that Christianity often conflicts with its own teachings, and the Rev. Jonathan Rusnak’s Bible study, “Defended,” helps explain why it’s important for us to be able to speak about the faith Christ has given us.

The news will soon be filled with not-so-subtle hints that Easter is no cause for celebration, that our Lord didn’t really leave the tomb, that we as Lutheran Christians are old-fashioned and archaic in our beliefs.

But the Lord has given us His Word to speak and His promise to rejoice in: “Everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 10:32). And that is something worth celebrating!

He is risen. Alleluia!

Adriane Heins, Managing Editor
The Lutheran Witness

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