Describing My Trip To Israel To A Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer

Keith in a wheat field in Northern Israel.

Keith in a wheat field in Northern Israel.

I recently spent two weeks in Israel on a tour with Chip and Jamie Thompson of TriGrace Ministries. When I returned home, I met with my Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer friends again and spent the first hour of our conversation talking about Israel and showing them pictures from my adventures. I wasn’t planning on writing about that part of our conversation here, but the more I think about it, the more I realize how important it is that I do so. It is important for a number of reasons.

This blog, The Edge, has a rich mix of readers. Some of you are Christians interested in Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism or both. Some of you Christians have come from those backgrounds. Others are not Christians, but are still interested in JWs and Mormons because you either are one or use to be. Regardless of why you follow this blog, I think it is important that I share my experiences in Israel because what I have learned can benefit all of you. Read More …

A Short Meeting With Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer

Stop Watch

Ready? Set. Gotta go!

When I walked into the restaurant, JW1 was there with his wife. I met her briefly at the memorial and couldn’t remember her name. She is a pleasant lady with a nice smile. I wanted to hear about her personal history, but I had to cut this meeting short because I have TONS to do in preparation for a big project. I also have some out of town friends and a very small window of time where we could meet. As I was explaining all the things I need to do, JW1’s wife cracked a joke which I didn’t see coming. We all laughed. I looked a JW1, pointed to JW2, smiled and said;

KW: I think I’m going to like her. Read More …

Getting To Know A Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer

Handshake drawingI attended the annual “Lord’s Evening Meal” of Jehovah’s Witnesses this year (21014) and met a man afterwards who offered to answer some of my questions. He observed that I was a “thinker” and insisted that he loves to answer hard questions. This will hopefully be the beginning of months of fruitful conversations. I did the same thing last year with a Jehovah’s Witness Elder. He dropped me after 11 months so now my schedule is freed up a bit to meet with this new Jehovah’s Witness. Although he is also an elder, I will call this new series, “A Conversation With A Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer.” A Pioneer is a Witness who puts in roughly 70 hours of “field service” per month. They keep a time card and everything. Yeah.

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THE END With A Jehovah’s Witness Elder Part 2

The conversation is over.

The conversation is over.

This is a continuation of the conversation starting here.

We weren’t having a discussion, we were arguing. JW1 brought up another verse, Mark 10:18.

JW1: Jesus said, why do you call me good? Only God is good. Why didn’t He say He was God if He Himself was God?

KW: That is interesting because I look at this from a completely different perspective. I think Jesus was challenging the man because we only have two alternatives. If God alone is good and Jesus wasn’t God, then Jesus wasn’t good.

JW1: Compared to us He was pretty good.

I laughed.

KW: He wasn’t pretty good, He was perfect! I understand a lot of what you are saying, but what I am trying to do is understand Isaiah 44:24 from your perspective and I don’t get it. I really don’t get it.

I pointed back to the two statements I wrote. Read More …

The End with a Jehovah’s Witness Elder Part 1

It Has Ended

It Has Ended

It was bound to happen sooner or later. It was 11 months to the day. My Jehovah’s Witness elder “friend” dropped me today (February 26, 2014). It looks like I’ve got my Wednesdays free again for awhile. I tried my best to keep him from discontinuing our study, but I think he already had his mind made up. He was beginning to understand my views and it is just too dangerous for a Jehovah’s Witness to start thinking on his own.

When I walked into the restaurant, I noticed that there was someone new with my Witness friend. He was a young man, but big. He had a large face, broad chest, wore a long, dark trench coat and looked like he had never heard a joke in his life. I greeted them both and we small talked a bit. I turned to the new Witness and said;

KW: So, tell me about yourself.

JW2: Uh… there’s not much to tell. I’m a Jehovah’s Witness and that’s my life.

I waited for more, but there was nothing.

KW: That’s it? Read More …