LW March 2013 cvr

Watch your mailboxes for the March 2013 issue of The Lutheran Witness, which takes a look at Christian denominations and what they believe In the cover story, “Free in Christ,” the Rev. Aaron Moldenhauer focuses on the freedom of living in and by God’s Word alone and what can happen to church bodies who replace that Word with their own. You’ll also find a “How Are We Different?” reference chart that outlines the distinctions between several denominations’ historic statements of faith, explaining why they believe what they believe.

The Rev. James Chinery writes in “Finding Home” why his study of God’s Word compelled him to join The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS). “The Life of the Baptized” follows the journey of eastern Iowa Christians seeking a faithful church, finding it in the LCMS and planting a church because of it. You’ll also learn more about developing global news regarding the Ethiopian Lutheran Church Mekane Yesus and why doctrinal issues have caused one of the largest Lutheran church bodies to part ways with the ELCA.

The Rev. Jeff Hemmer, in “Competing Confessions,” outlines specific ways the Church can be of help to those families whose parents don’t worship in the same denomination. And in “Impossible to Contradict,” the Rev. David Ramirez explains the difference in churches that believe the Bible contains God’s Word and churches that believe the Bible is God’s Word.

The youth of the Church will also find helpful information in this issue’s youth-friendly #believeboldly column called “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” Deaconess Jeni Miller explains that, “The whole point of doctrine is to unify so that we all have a common teaching we all stand behind. No pretending. Whatever proclaims Christ—whatever proclaims the Gospel—that’s what LCMS Lutherans are about.”

“We have an answer for our beliefs. They are not just our opinions,” writes the Rev. Aaron Moldenhauer. “They are the truths revealed in God’s Word. They point us to Him who is the truth and the life, to Jesus.”

Go to www.cph.org/witness to order the magazine in paper or digital formats, and go to www.facebook/thelutheranwitness to read exclusive online content, discuss articles with other readers and keep up-to-date on the work of the LCMS.