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 …

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 …