About Jim Pierce

Jim Pierce is a seminary student working on his M.Div. at Concordia Seminary Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is the author of "Wittenberg Confessions: Testimonies of Converts to Confessional Lutheranism" and a blogger. Jim's previous career was in network engineering.

Lutheran Worship

What does it mean to “worship God?” It is precisely that question Lutherans are asking and at the same time are offering answers. One approach at answering the question at hand is with a negative answer, what worship is not. … Continue reading

Who Left Whom? CoWo Isn’t a Practice of Walking Together

One thing I don’t understand about this whole affair of CoWo at CUNE and in LC-MS congregations (please read this thread and the comments for some examples and context) is why those introducing this recent innovation into the LC-MS have … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

What the Atheist Can Know About God—Part VI

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 … Continue reading

What the Atheist Can Know about God—Part V

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 … Continue reading

What the Atheist Can Know About God—Part IV

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 … Continue reading

What the Atheist Can Know About God—Part III

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 … Continue reading

What the Atheist Can Know About God — Part II

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 … Continue reading

What the Atheist Can Know About God—Part I

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 … Continue reading

Steadfast in Speech

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 … Continue reading

Don’t Take Down That Christmas Tree Yet!

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 … Continue reading

The Divine Service Can Be Like Going to Mars

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 … Continue reading

Lutherans: The Confessing Church

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 … Continue reading

Some Thoughts About the ‘Atheist Church’

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 … Continue reading

DOMA Down

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 … Continue reading

When a DP Wants More Methods….

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

“Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you.”

Mark records in chapter five, verse nineteen, of his gospel the following, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” This man Jesus is … Continue reading

“The False Arguments for the Modern Theory of Open Questions” by C.F.W. Walther

The below lengthy citation is taken from “The False Arguments for the Modern Theory of Open Questions” by Dr. CFW Walther and translated by William Arndt and Alexander Guebert. The article was originally published in the Concordia Theological Monthly 10 … Continue reading

Those Pesky Labels Which Bind Us!

Last month the UC Berkeley “News Center” reported , “Religious affiliation in the United States is at its lowest point since it began to be tracked in the 1930’s, according to analysis of newly released survey data by researchers from the University … Continue reading

The History Channel’s The Bible Episode “The Mission”

When in Napa Valley, and wanting the best dining experience possible, you would likely ensure that you have reservations at the French Laundry to taste the exquisite cuisine of Chef Thomas Keller. Upon arriving at that fine dining restaurant, you … Continue reading

He Said, “I don’t like your polemic!”

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 … Continue reading

Steadfast in the Pew: Do We Really Want Reform?

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 … Continue reading

Steadfast in the Pew: Public Prayers With Pagans

In times of tragedy it is not uncommon for communities to unite together. The school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut is but one of a number of examples of grief stricken, hurt, persons seeking each other out for comfort in the … Continue reading

When Life Throws You a Curveball

Life this side of the resurrection can be extremely difficult. As Christians we can expect three of our greatest enemies to constantly attack us: our Old Adam, the world, and the devil. Martin Luther puts it in the following way, … Continue reading