Challenging God: A Conversation With a Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer

Who do you think you are...God?

Who do you think you are…God?

Our meeting started off like they usually do with about a half hour of small talk. My Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer friend’s wife use to be a little aggravated by the amount of time we spend talking, but I think she has come around. She and I did most of the talking about any number of random things. One interesting thing to note is that she noticed the bookmark that I use for my Teach book. I told her that my daughter made it for me as a CHRISTmas gift last year.

She took the CD case of one of my favorite CHRISTmas albums, photo copied it, colored it in and then taped it together in the form of a bookmark as if it was laminated. It isn’t the prettiest thing, but I use it because it is from my daughter. As I was showing them my bookmark, I explained that the artist (Gary Hoey) has a couple of CHRISTmas albums that I really enjoy. I then told them about my favorite CHRISTmas album of all time. It is called “Sleddin’ Hill” by August Burns Red. If you are into heavy music, this album is for you. Every year when my kids and I put the CHRISTmas lights up on our house, I have that album blaring out of the garage. Read More …

Bad Logic With A Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer

Bad Logic

Friends don’t let friends use bad logic

Our meeting began the same way it usually does. We talked for roughly 30 minutes about a number of topics. Since this is the beginning of the school year, most of our conversation was about our kids and school. It was also nice that my Pioneer friend brought his wife again. Although there are benefits to me talking to him alone, I’d rather talk to the both of them together. Neither of them is argumentative or overly aggressive and the three of us get along great. I guess what I like best about them being together is that they BOTH get to hear my objections and reasoning at the same time. Sometimes I wish I could be a fly on their wall when they get home and talk about our discussions.

JW1: We start a new chapter today, “What is God’s Purpose for the Earth?”  This should be interesting. I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to read it yet.

KW: Yes, I have.

JW1: You have? Great. You’re the man! Read More …

Persecuted: A Conversation With A Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer

If you're a Christian, don't do it.

If you’re a Christian, don’t do it.

I arrived before my Jehovah’s Witness friend did, but when he came in, he brought the whole family. For reasons of privacy I will not mentioned how many kids they have or their ages. We all sat in a big booth together and started talking about what has been going on in our lives. I’ve noticed that when kids are present, most adults tend to talk to the other adults and ignore the kids. I’ve always disliked that. Since we had just returned from a family trip to the coast, I showed the kids some pictures on my phone of crabs we caught at night on the beach and a mermaid someone had made out of the sand. The Witness parents and I talked and joked about a lot of different things before our study. The kids were silent. They didn’t look uncomfortable, but they did look like this kind of conversation was not something they were use to. Read More …

Defining Inspiration With A Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer

What is Inspiration?

What is Inspiration?

As is our custom, my Jehovah’s Witness friend and I sat and talked for awhile before we began our study. I never did like having Bible discussions with people who just want to jump into the study without spending some personal time talking to each other. I enjoy getting to know the person I am investing my time in. After almost a half an hour of catching up, my Pioneer friend began our study by saying;

JW: I love this chapter!

KW: Chapter two?

JW: Yup, we got through paragraph three last time and the rest of the chapter examines some lines of evidence which show us that the Bible is a gift from God. Read More …

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 …