What is Hate Speech?

If something is wrong, it is not hate speech to say so. Problem is, it’s getting harder and harder to agree on what “wrong” is. If the great evil of Postmodernism has its way—the loss of the objective—we will eventually … Continue reading

You know what happens when you assume, right?

I received a phone call from a member of my congregation, one who is not necessarily regular in her attendance, but she does attend often enough that I’ve never felt the need to question her devotion. She left a message, … 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

The Implications Of Truth

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 … 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

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

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

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

Worship Practices and Context

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 … Continue reading

Gurus of Growth

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 … Continue reading

Is the World Saved Apart from Faith?

A BJS reader asks, “Does the teaching of Objective Justification (at least as I have heard it explained on the BJS threads) – that the “world” [all mankind] are in reality justified and forgiven by Christ’s universal atonement – also … Continue reading

The Certainty of Doctrine

It is easy to think we Confessional Lutherans live in a unique era in time where false teaching and lukewarmness towards error are tolerated unlike any time before our own. However, that is not the case, since even when Paul … Continue reading

Steadfast in the Pew — Has Liberal “Christianity” Died?

A Facebook friend of mine linked up this interesting op-ed carried by the New York Times this past Sunday. The title of the article, “Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?” What I found particularly interesting from the article is the writer’s … Continue reading

You Are a Light Unto the World, the Five14 Way?

Associated with the Lutheran Hour Ministries is a self-described “totally unique” youth community “…where teens (and recent survivors of teenhood) get together online and in person to make a life-changing impact on their generation with the love of Jesus Christ” … Continue reading

Imagine… No God?

In 1971 John Lennon issued his hit single titled Imagine which managed to take the #3 spot in Billboard’s “Hot 100.” Shortly after John Lennon’s death in December of 1980 the song was resurrected as an anthem supporting utopian ideas … Continue reading

How to Confess Christ

With this post we welcome Jim Pierce to the BJS stable of writers. I have known Jim for years adn have had the pleasure of worshipping with him and his pastor in Seattle while visiting my in-laws. Jim has been … Continue reading