The Lutheran Column is a creative writing ministry that serves to equip, edify, and encourage Lutheran congregations and members with biblical truth by utilizing various forms of creative writing. It is for their equipping, edification, and encouragement that The Lutheran Column will produce teachings that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
It is our goal to be the primary Lutheran resource for online creative writings that are faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions.
What Do We Write?
All sorts of stuff! With a passion for literature, we have a talented range of writers within the LCMS who write devotions, Bible studies, theological topics, topics on Christian Living, testimonials, short stories, academic essays, as well as book reviews that review all sorts of genres, which include science fiction, fiction, Christian books, etc. If you’re a lover of poetry, you can also follow the Editor-in-Chief’s author page on Facebook to read some poetry ranging from genres of Christian, nature, emotional, and even romantic poetry.
We live in a generation that is growing increasingly antagonistic towards the Christian faith. Whether this antagonism be in practice or writing, the world does not wish to be friendly with our Christian confession. Thus, at The Lutheran Column, our motto is to write boldly—we boldly write for the Lord in an age that is hostile towards Christ and His Church. Our motto comes from Luther’s famed, “Sin boldly.” This phrase is important to put in its full context:
Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly, for he is victorious over sin, death, and the world. As long as we are here, we have to sin. This life is not the dwelling place of righteousness, but, as Peter says, we look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. It is enough that by the riches of God’s glory we have come to know the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world. No sin will separate us from the Lamb, even though we commit fornication and murder a thousand times a day. Do you think that the purchase price that was paid for the redemption of our sins by so great a Lamb is too small? Pray boldly—you too are a mighty sinner. (Bold print added.)
In other words, Luther is saying, we are sinners and cannot help but be sinful. So, sin boldly! “But believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly,” for the price He paid by His blood is sufficient to redeem all our sins. Luther is not advocating licentiousness. He is hyperbolizing sin to demonstrate the even higher heights, widest widths, and deepest depths of our redemption through Jesus Christ. Sin boldly; you cannot help it. But believe even more boldly in the redemption of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Borrowing from this, at the Lutheran Column we write boldly about sin, death, and the Devil and write ever more boldly about the redemption we receive through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We write these truths ever more boldly in the face of adversity that wishes to suppress the truth of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 45:1, My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
Source for quote: Luther, Martin. Luther’s Works, Vol. 48: Letters I, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann. 48:281. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999.
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TLC and its authors are wholly affiliated with the LCMS and subscribes to the unaltered Book of Concord.
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