Cross Defense is your weekly dose of knowing why you believe what you believe so that you will be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks for the hope that you have in the totality of who Jesus is, what Jesus has done, and what Jesus is coming again to do. Guests Rev. Jeffrey Ries, Rev. Timothy Winterstein, and Rev. Matt Gunia join host Rev. Jonathan Fisk to continue sharpening iron in an ongoing study of Francis Pieper’s Christliche Dogmatik, or Christian Dogmatics, a defense of the Christian faith based on the premise that Scripture Alone is our foundation. Today’s topic is Religion, Part VII, in Pieper’s Dogmatics and also a dive into Luther’s Commentary on Romans. Rev. Jeffrey Ries is Senior Pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tacoma, Washington. Rev. Timothy Winterstein is pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in East Wenatchee, Washington. Rev. Matt Gunia is pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church in Niles, Illinois. Find your copy of Pieper’s Dogmatics at cph.org. Today's program is a rebroadcast from February 13, 2017.