Eating Crow: A Conversation With A Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer

The only meal that tastes good to the person watching the eater.

The only meal that tastes good to the person watching the eater.

When I walked into the restaurant, my Pioneer friend was already seated with his wife. It has been awhile since I’ve seen her. I wasn’t feeling very well because of a headache and almost cancelled our meeting. I didn’t sleep well the night before as we had a pretty good lighting storm that woke me up and then kept me up for most of the night. The three of us sat there and talked for nearly an hour before we started our formal study. It was good to just sit, talk and catch up. Plus, since I didn’t feel very well, it was nice to relax a bit before I knew I had to at least attempt to be sharp.

Before we jumped back into the Teach book, my Pioneer friend wanted to talk a little bit about last week’s conversation. I could tell that he was bothered by it and wanted to get back on track. He was uncomfortable with whatever he was going to say next so I decided to lightened things up a bit. Read More …

2014 Evidence Ministries Football Pool!

NFL 2014Are you ready for some football? I created a football pool in 2006 and invited family and friends to join. Since then I have opened it up to friends of the ministry. Note that this is NOT fantasy football! There are no betting lines, in other words, all you have to do is pick who you think will win each week. That’s it.

The pool includes all of the Thursday night games too so pay attention to the weekly deadlines.  The winner of the season gets a $20 gift card to the restaurant of their choice. Sorry folks, but that means the winner has to be someone here in the US of A. Competition will be stiffer this year as Calvin’s Corner and I tied last year. Can you believe it? A stinking tie!

In order to join, you must register as a user athttp://www.poolhost.com/ When registering, you will choose a personal username and password. Once you’ve entered PoolHost.com as a registered user, go to the “Pool Tools” menu and choose “Join a Private Pool”. Click on the “Pro Football Pick’ems” icon in the upper left corner and then you will be asked to enter the Pool’s Login Name and the Pool’s Password.

The Pool’s Login Name is: EMfootballpool

The Pool’s Password is: football

That’s it and then you’re in! The next time you login to http://www.poolhost.com/, you can go to ‘My Pools’ and you’ll see all pools that you have joined. Clicking on a pool name will take you to that pool.

I only ask two things. First, your user name needs to be family friendly. My kids are a part of this pool and I don’t need them seeing inappropriate names. Second, if you are going to sign up for the football pool, please consider also signing up for our Evidence Ministries Newsletter and our email update list. You can do that here. There is no cost for the pool or the newsletters. Join in and lets have some fun!

And yes, this pool is open for Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons too. ;-)

OBEY! Part 2: A Conversation With A Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer

I do not know if this is an accurate quote, but it is an interesting thought.

I do not know if this is an accurate quote, but it is an interesting thought.

This is a continuation from the conversation posted yesterday August 25th, 2014. To get the context, read here first.

JW1: We all know that that’s not the case. We know that they are imperfect as well and that they are going to make mistakes, but the fact is, they are taking the lead.

KW: Are you telling me that it is better to listen to them and follow their direction, even if it is a mistake?

There was an awkward pause and then I got a very honest answer.

JW1: Yes, it is.

KW: That is scary.

JW1: It is because of this scripture right here (Hebrews 13:17).

KW: No.

Folks hear me out here. It is never okay for you to blindly follow orders. I think so many former Witnesses and Mormons are turned off by expectations like this (as they should be), but then they make the mistake of thinking that all religions are that way. It isn’t true. My pastor will be the first to tell you that if he wants me to do something that I think is wrong, it ain’t happening. Read More …

OBEY! Part 1: A Conversation With a Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer

That about sums it up.

That about sums it up.

I arrived at the restaurant and waited for my Witness friend to show up. He was a little late and brought a new guy with him. My regular Witness friend and I did our normal small talk and as I promised myself, I brought a pen with me. It is the coolest pen I’ve ever seen and was made for me as a gift by a good friend of mine for CHRISTmas. He liked the pen too.

Whenever a new person comes with my regular Jehovah’s Witness, I always like to ask them a little bit about themselves. I want to get to know them a bit and see if I can find out what makes them tick. I did the same with the young man. Read More …

God’s Friend Or God’s Child? A Conversation With A Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer

If God's Spirit directs the Watchtower, it should never print logical fallacies.

If God’s Spirit directs the Watchtower, it should never print logical fallacies.

This was a weird meeting. It was the first time we met after my two week long mission trip to Manti, Utah. As I was leaving my office, I picked up a pen to take with me in case I wanted to write something down on a sheet of paper. I decided against it because I use my iPad for taking notes and my Jehovah’s Witness friend always has a pen anyways. I literally had the pen in my hand and then set it down on my desk and left. At the time I didn’t know why that happened, but it became clear to me later on in our discussion. Read More …