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Jim Pierce is a former atheist of 18 years and is now a baptized child of God attending a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod congregation in Seattle, WA. He is an author and a regular blogger at Brothers of John the Steadfast.

It’s Time and Unnecessary Wrangling. What is the State of the Synod?

April 9th, 2014 26 comments

In this article regarding the ACELC a commenter makes an excellent point, writing “…the district would not feel the need to hide such things…”. I think the comment raises a real issue we have in the synod over transparency. President Harrison certainly talked quite a bit about how the IC ought to have an open door policy, but where is this transparency? For example, the latest updates coming out of the IC regarding the KP have not been anything other than obscure. President Matt Harrison states in his “It’s Time” a solution to working out the issues we face in   More…

What the Atheist Can Know About God—Part VI

March 10th, 2014 5 comments

The following article is taken from Mr. Jim Pierce’s presentation at the Wyoming District’s Tell the Good News About Jesus Convocation held on January 31, 2014 through February 1, 2014. This is part six (and the final installment) of his speech, “What the Atheist Can Know About God.” (Each article of this series may be found at this link.) Engaging the Atheist We have now heard several ways in which we can engage the atheist’s arguments and I would now like to discuss why that is possible. In particular, I want to discuss the distinction between a natural knowledge of God   More…

What the Atheist Can Know about God—Part V

March 5th, 2014 2 comments

The following article is taken from Mr. Jim Pierce’s presentation at the Wyoming District’s Tell the Good News About Jesus Convocation held on January 31, 2014 through February 1, 2014. This is part five of his speech, “What the Atheist Can Know About God.” (Each article of this series may be found at this link.) The Problem of Evil If you were to talk with an atheist of any stripe about the existence of God, the foremost objection he would raise against God’s existence is the problem of evil. What is the problem of evil? One of the most heralded atheists   More…

What the Atheist Can Know About God—Part IV

February 26th, 2014 4 comments

The following article is taken from Mr. Jim Pierce’s presentation at the Wyoming District’s Tell the Good News About Jesus Convocation held on January 31, 2014 through February 1, 2014. This is part four of his speech, “What the Atheist Can Know About God.” (Each article of this series may be found at this link.) The Objection from Wish Fulfillment We now come to the second objection raised by the strong atheist in their effort to show why it is not likely God exists and that is belief in God is mere wish fulfillment. In his book God: A Critical Enquiry,   More…

What the Atheist Can Know About God—Part III

February 19th, 2014 No comments

The following article is taken from Mr. Jim Pierce’s presentation at the Wyoming District’s Tell the Good News About Jesus Convocation held on January 31, 2014 through February 1, 2014. This is part three of his speech, “What the Atheist Can Know About God.” (Each article of this series may be found at this link.) I now would like to offer some general thoughts concerning the objection from the inconsistency of revelation as Bertrand Russell put it, or what I have termed The God Lottery. Engaging the God Lottery You will recall that the objection from the inconsistency of revelation is   More…

What the Atheist Can Know About God — Part II

February 13th, 2014 96 comments

The following article is taken from Mr. Jim Pierce’s presentation at the Wyoming District’s Tell the Good News About Jesus Convocation held on January 31, 2014 through February 1, 2014. This is part two of his speech, “What the Atheist Can Know About God.” (Each article of this series may be found at this link.) Now I would like to illustrate for you what the strong atheist claims to know about God by presenting you what I have found to be their three most common objections to the existence of God. The three objections are 1) The Inconsistency of Revelation,   More…

What the Atheist Can Know About God—Part I

February 5th, 2014 1 comment

The following article is taken from Mr. Jim Pierce’s presentation at the Wyoming District’s Tell the Good News About Jesus Convocation held on January 31, 2014 through February 1, 2014. This is part one of his speech, “What the Atheist Can Know About God.” Before we can understand what the atheist can know about God, or even what the atheist claims they can know about God, we must first talk about what it means to be an atheist. Along with the Apostle Paul we confess we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God   More…

Steadfast in Speech

December 21st, 2013 Comments off

First amendment rights in the USA are being attacked by radical political groups as exemplified by one such group’s successful bullying of A&E to censure Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson over his comments against homosexuality. We saw something very similar happen when the COO of Chick-fil-A made his comments in opposition to homosexual “marriage” and was then effectively silenced by a small radical group of homosexuals. Make no mistake about it; the free speech of Christians is under attack. In his classic novel 1984, George Orwell describes for us in grave detail how speech was controlled by the English Socialist   More…

Don’t Take Down That Christmas Tree Yet!

December 11th, 2013 9 comments

This time of the year can certainly be quite charged. Here I am not referring to credit card use, but instead to those who go out of their ways to make the season a bit less cheerful in the name of their deity, Atheism. The news outlets have run stories typical of this time of the year. Stories of atheists fighting against the use of nativity scenes in public places (whether on private property or not matters little to them anymore). Invariably, an atheist is interviewed and tells us why we shouldn’t have festive colors in schools, or why “manger   More…

The Divine Service Can Be Like Going to Mars

August 12th, 2013 37 comments

Have you ever been to a foreign country where the language and customs of its people were utterly strange to you? Visiting some countries is nearly an extraterrestrial experience and interestingly enough, going to the divine service for the first time can feel like one has traveled to Mars! Understanding what is going on in the divine service can be daunting for the “noobie” Lutheran, to say the least. I know something about this, since I am not a lifelong Lutheran and my first divine service was somewhat puzzling to me. Prior to becoming a Lutheran, I was an atheist.   More…

Lutherans: The Confessing Church

August 9th, 2013 17 comments

Lutherans confess their faith in Christ; that is, we actively give reasons for the hope of Christ in us. Evidence of this is clearly seen with the Book of Concord which spans fifty years and displays the profound seriousness Luther and our fathers took in putting clear Biblical expressions of our faith down on paper to be read by all and especially by any who would dare make these expressions their own confession of faith. Of course, written expressions of what one believes, teaches, and confesses was not something invented by Lutherans. Perhaps the earliest Christian expression of the faith   More…

Some Thoughts About the ‘Atheist Church’

July 27th, 2013 8 comments

Last month the Huffington Post wrote up a short blurb [endnote 1] concerning the opening of an ‘atheist church.’ Yes, you read that correctly, an atheist church. I was not surprised when I read about this so-called “church,” because in today’s culture the ‘atheist church’ is really mirroring what has been happening in Evangelical Christianity for decades, and sadly, can be found in some Lutheran congregations, too. I don’t think it is news to point out that the United States is following Europe over the cliff of extreme secularism. Indeed, a Pew Research poll linked off of the Huffington Post article   More…

DOMA Down

June 29th, 2013 24 comments

On my way to a CTFWS continuing education class, being hosted by my home congregation in Seattle, I heard the news that the SCOTUS had struck down the DOMA. I was not at all surprised by this action of the highest court in the land. The homosexual lobby has been feverishly working to have the DOMA weakened or outright stricken and they won. Nonetheless I wasn’t happy at hearing about this change and I am still not happy and have some thoughts about it. While thinking about this new “liberation” and establishment of so-called “marriage equality,” I shifted gears in   More…

When a DP Wants More Methods….

June 21st, 2013 22 comments

While polling data1 may be useful there is an unintended side-effect of such data. It is panic and unbelief. We hear the fear in the voices of our leaders who out of worry scramble to find a fix for the bleeding out of congregations. I read some of that worry in the recent campaign circulars from the DPs of the Northwest and CNH districts. What are we going to do? Their answer? More Church Growth methods. What that means is focus groups are called into action with the task of finding the causes behind “the problem” and to offer solutions.   More…

The Clear Choice – A District President Comments on the LCMS Election

June 8th, 2013 57 comments

I received in my inbox an email circulating among delegates to the 2013 LCMS convention. The writer of this email (a district president) articulates his impressions of three nominees for synod president, including the incumbent Matt Harrison. The email’s author is quick to set up a dichotomy from which he argues “two distinct paths” the synod can choose to go down depending upon who is elected synod president. According to this DP both paths taken “are best understood in the way they relate to our current culture.” The first path, which presumably represents the current synod president, is one which   More…