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The online musings from pastors, theologians and laity that will help you see the world from a Lutheran perspective. 

Our Great Heritage: Martin Luther

This humble German pastor and professor sought to restore the teachings of Scripture and share the blessing of a comforted conscience.


How an ornate Italian font taught me big things about Baptism

There are a number of fascinating things about the Basilica of San Frediano in Lucca, Italy, but what really caught my eye was the baptismal font.

Law and Gospel as harmony

We sometimes speak of holding Law and Gospel in tension or balance, but we do well to remember that they are not even. Each has its own place and purpose. They should be rightly distinguished and applied, but this doesn’t always mean that they will be evenly distributed.

A happy drowning

A happy, terrible act is Baptism — a rebirth of life and, at the same time, a drowning and death. We see this contrast in Romans: “We were buried therefore with [Christ] by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

Is it the apocalypse? A Lutheran guide to a total eclipse of the sun

If you’re looking for some spiritual significance to the total eclipse, why speculate? Rather than guess that it’s a harbinger of the future apocalypse, look back instead to the cross. Let it remind you of the Lord’s death for you, when even creation convulsed as the Creator suffered for your sins.

By Oregon State University (Solar eclipse) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
The heavens declare the glory of God: a scientist’s view of the solar eclipse

A solar eclipse is one of the most spectacular astronomical events observable with the naked eye. But what does it look like to a Lutheran scientist?

He saves the crushed in spirit

America’s founding fathers believed that the “pursuit of happiness” was an inalienable right, and most people today certainly think that they deserve to be happy. But what happens when we face unhappiness? How does God’s word comfort us then?

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