Here is a sampling from some of the thousands of comments we have received about our events, videos, and books.
I appreciated the historical references to the validity of the Scripture. I am a chemist and always appreciate hearing the testamony of other scientists. I found the more deeply I got into my science studies, the more implausible the secular arguments of evolution and absence of God became. Ultimately, I too had to surrender my pride and arrogance and humbly accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
--WB Participant St. Michael, MN
I've heard many times from people that all religion is simply what you've been taught; and [that] you can't really know if what you've been taught is any more valid than what anyone else has been taught. You have clearly presented evidence (historical) which supports the Scriptural truth.
--TF Participant Badger, MN
FaithSearch was a shot in the arm for our congregation. We had a number of people grow in their faith and their understanding of their relationship with God. We have seen an increased interest in Bible study and discipleship programs as a result. We've also seen an increased interest in peoples' willingness and desire to share their faith in Christ with others.
– Tim Jones Senior pastor Community Lutheran Church, AFLC (Oceanside, CA)
I loved the historical proof of the Bible & our Jesus. Growing up going to church, we always talked about faith and believing without seeing. As a bright human with questions & skepticism, it is thrilling to hear and see the tangible evidence of my faith through history and archeology.
--BH Participant St. Michael, MN
I have appreciated your teaching. (I have already begun using it to answer the questions of my daugher.) Thank you! Your teaching is well-organized and clear, and full of insights I needed to be reminded of. I was challenged to share my faith with boldness, equipped to defend my beliefs. Again, thank you!
--KB Participant Binghamton, NY
We are so thankful to have had Don Bierle speak to [our] ninth-grade group. At least seven kids stayed after to ask him questions and hear his insight on creation-vs-evolution issues as well. Don was an amazing presenter to our group. He spoke to the students with clarity and effectiveness—meeting them where they are, challenging them to rise to a deep and mature level, and engaging with them to go deeper than they naturallaly would've. It was as if he walked with each of us "hand-in-hand" through rich and challenging content and explained it clearly so each of us came away with a great understanding.
Students locked in, engaged, and respected him. The room was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. For ninth-grade students, this is a great sign of a great communicator and the respect they had for him. One of my co-workers who is also a parent of one of my students visited for the teaching portion and she said it was "amazing." She learned so much from him sitting in on the session—more than she has during the adult sessions. It met her where she was at and she was very impressed. She said, "It was great!!!!!" in an E-mail to me this morning. One of my small group leaders of ninth-grade girls E-mailed this morning and gave me this feedback, "Last night was amazing, my girls stayed about 15-20 minutes after asking questions and digesting! It was awesome. 🙂 "
-KN Student Ministries Pastor, Grade 9 Excelsior, MN
Surprised by Faith book
Don Bierle was surprised by faith and it transformed his life! As a skeptical researcher and teacher he was challenged to research the evidence for Jesus. God worked and Don became convinced of the relaibility of the Bible and the truth that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life! Surprised by Faith tells Don's story and persuasively challenges the reader to seriously consider the person and work of Jesus. I heartlily recommend you read it. I have had the privilege of partnering with FaithSearch International for fifteen years and have seen Don's message change many lives. Invite Don to your church!!
-Geoff Bohleen Executive Pastor, Buffalo Covenant Buffalo, MN
Surprised by Faith book
Dr. Don Bierle know much more that he teaches. His heart is to communicate that which is vitally important to his listeners: Christian faith is reasonable and rational, though not rationalistic. Surprised by Faith teaches the scriptural truth that God became man in the incarnation, in doing so the infinite, personal God came into the finite world to live, die, and rise again on our behalf. In Surprised, Dr. Bierle condenses a lifetime of influence from some of the modern Christianity's apologetics giants (Lewis, Schaeffer, Chesterton) into accessible form for the Christian seeking a better understanding of his or her own faith, or for the seeker wanting to understand the object of their considerations. Surprised by Faith is an indispensable primer to evidential apologetics.
-Wade Mobley, B.A., M. Div. President of AFLC Schools and Dean of AFLTS Plymouth, MN
The "Discovery" presentation [gives] information which totally confronts a skeptics view of what the Bible is and why they disbelieve it. This information is rarely presented in the church today and should be understood by every believer so that they may give an answer to the hope that lies within them.
-TK Pastor Onawa, IA
Although I had been exposed to Christianity all my life, I struggled with so many issues that I couldn't undertstand—or wouldn't accept without understanding. These doubts circled around and around in my mind and made it easy for me to just forget the whole idea of God rather than try to accept what I did not understand.
The information you provided dismissed every doubt or confusion I had ever had! I left with the sure and certain knowledge that Jesus Christ was who he said he was and he did what they said he did!! I find it hard to even write that line without crying. Joy—relief—amazement that Christ died for ME—that I might be saved from the torment that was my life and most surely would have been my eternal future. Now I know that someday I will be with him to wash his feet with my hair and to spend forever in praise of my heavenly father. How do I thank you for that?
--LH Participant Tucson, AZ