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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…

The Implications Of Truth

February 7th, 2014 No comments

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the LCMS Wyoming Convocation titled, “Tell the Good News About Jesus.”   This convocation is an annual event for the LCMS Wyoming District.  At the convocation I presented on the implications of truth.  Yes, truth is very influential and it is extremely powerful.   In fact it is so powerful that it impacts our worldview, language, and emotions. Below I have posted the PowerPoint slides and presented articles for each of the sessions, as well as the recorded videos for each session.  I do need to take this opportunity to apologize for   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…

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…

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…

He Said, “I don’t like your polemic!”

March 11th, 2013 33 comments

The restaurant was bustling with chattering and the clanking of cups and plates as diners enjoyed authentic Mandarin food. My family was seated by a smiling waitress as she placed a pot of hot jasmine tea in front of us along with the typical porcelain cups decorated with a floral pattern I see all too often at Asian restaurants. I was hungry and knew what I wanted to order. The waitress must have sensed my appetite as she looked at me and asked if we were ready to order. Someone at the table quickly spoke up, “Not yet!” I sighed   More…

Steadfast in the Pew: Do We Really Want Reform?

February 27th, 2013 6 comments

Confessional Lutheranism during the middle to late 19th century, when the “New Measures” of Charles Finney were wreaking havoc within American Lutheranism, was threatened with extinction. At that time, American Lutheranism was undergoing an identity crisis and looked to Revivalism for the change believed necessary for their survival in the golden age of American expansion. One Lutheran not interested in following the pop-church fad of the day was Charles Porterfield Krauth, author of the incredibly brilliant tome, “The Conservative Reformation and Its Theology” (CPH, 2007). The American Lutherans of Krauth’s day wanted to look and sound like American Revivalistic Evangelicals   More…

Worship Practices and Context

September 21st, 2012 31 comments

Some proponents of contemporary worship suggest that how best to deal with issues over differences about worship, is to first understand that worship practices, such as those found in the liturgy, are products of contextualization. “Contextualization” is a word having a meaning that isn’t at once apparent.  We want to ask, “What does that mean?” In general, contextualization refers to what is sometimes called “cultural bias.” A cultural bias is the subjective dimension to human conduct found in a community.  For example, a sociologist will look for patterns, traits, and practices that express this subjective dimension in a given culture.   More…

Gurus of Growth

September 14th, 2012 12 comments

Flip on the television set and change the channel to one of the “faith stations” and you will find a plethora of ministers engaged in growing their multimillion dollar churches at the expense of those willing to support them.  The superstars of church growth fill the airways as well as stadium sized buildings. At the top of their game, they are all too willing to sell their secrets to “success” through seminars, books, DVDs and private coaching. Make no mistake about it, church growth sells and these gurus of growth peddle everything from individual self-help to marketing techniques. This is   More…