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Mormon First Presidency 2016 Easter Message

  One does wonder who exactly writes these public statements from the Mormon First Presidency. Everything has to correlate with everything else these days. Mormon leaders can’t be seen to contradict other Mormon leaders; those days are long gone. The whole exercise must be pretty depressing if your a thinking Mormon, and there are an increasing number of those these…read more →

The Watchtower Memorial Meal

Every year the Jehovah’s Witnesses celebrate Jesus’ death with what they term, the Memorial Meal. This year (2016) it was held after sundown on Wednesday 23 March. Also every year The Watchtower (see 15 March 2004 edition, pp.4-7) carries an article designed to prepare people for this evening. It explains what happens and shows the correct procedures to be carried…read more →

5 Facts About Easter

It seems natural that the vernal, or Spring, equinox has, time-out-of-mind, marked new birth. In pre-Christian times the occasion honoured the Germanic Eastre, the goddess of the dawn. Eastre can be traced back to Proto-Indo-European roots, her name deriving from Austro, meaning dawn, or bright light. The venerable Bede, from whom we learn about Aestre, reports that by his time…read more →

5 Ways to Reach Out to Jewish People

As believers seeking to share the gospel, it is essential to be ready to provide a reason for the hope within us and to be able to do that in a way that is honouring to God and respectful to others. When sharing the gospel with Jewish people, one approach clearly doesn’t fit all the Jews, since there are differences…read more →

Knowing the Mormon Godhead

The January 2016Mormon Ensign magazine features an address by Elder Jeffrey R Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on the subject of the nature of God. He begins with a quote from Joseph Smith, ‘It is the first principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God.’ He goes on to quote the first article…read more →

Do Jehovah’s Witnesses bring Good News from God?

The Watchtower Society suggests for book studies for January and February: Good News From God!, and Listen to God and Live Forever. What is this good news and how are we to benefit from it? Quoting Jeremiah 29:11, they say, “Soon [God] will act to provide a better future for people in every land. He will relieve mankind of the…read more →

Christ and Other Faiths

A few years ago a senior Chicago Pastor, Erwin Lutzer, wrote a book entitled Christ Among Other gods. I have relied heavily on his book in preparing this article. Another excellent book on the subject is Thinking Clearly about the Uniqueness of Jesus by Chris Wright. I recommend both if you wish to think through this crucial subject. In light…read more →

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