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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 →

Watchtower Society Jan 2016 Message: Honesty

As we enter a new year Jehovah’s Witnesses will be knocking on our doors with their scripted presentations. The December Kingdom Ministry from the Watchtower Society suggestion as a sample presentation for offering the January Watchtower is: “Do you think that the world would be a better place if everyone lived by this principle? [Read Hebrews 13:18, and allow for response.]…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 →

Westcott & Hort and Bible Translation

by John Tancock Brooke Foss Westcott (1825–1901) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828–1892) are mentioned regularly in relation to the Greek text of the NT. Naturally so because they were Greek textual scholars. Informally referred to as WH they produced the WH text of the New Testament. This translation in many ways was the precursor to the modern Critical Text underlying most modern translations….read more →

Shane Claiborne & the New Monasticism

A commentary by Jon Taylor The Irresistible Revolution and Red Letter Christianity Shane Claiborne is a founder and proponent of ‘The Simple Way’ which originated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania though now includes faith communities worldwide. It is a network of friends that place great emphasis on living in communities that claim to take seriously the right beliefs and practices of the…read more →

Jehovah’s Witness: Kingdom Hall Nativity

We all know, of course, that Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t celebrate Christmas. Indeed, they don’t celebrate much of anything, and I am reminded of the old joke about the Saducees in the New Testament not believing in the resurrection, which is why they were sad-you-see. Like the Saducees, Jehovah’s Witnesses think they have a serious outlook on the world but, like…read more →

The Four Spiritual Laws

People will often say that they don’t know what to say to a Jehovah’s Witness, or a Mormon, etc. They imagine it is necessary to have studied the cults for years and read every book going out there. It is important, however, to understand what we believe, and how to share what we believe, more than anything else. There is…read more →

God The Promise-Keeper: A Christmas Message from Reachout

A Meditation and Devotion for Christmas Christmas is many things to many people. A busy time, a time for family, ‘all about the children,’ nativity plays, gifts, remembering loved ones, carol services, good cheer, painful memories, a festival of colour and warmth in the middle of winter, an opportunity to invite friends and family to church and hear the good…read more →

Mormon Conference Oct. 2015: Faith and Works

General Conference October 2015: Saturday Morning Session The Mormon Church held their semi-annual General Conference this past October and I want to pick up on what was said during the Saturday morning session. If you know what to look for it is a very revealing session. I am a great believer in a robust Christianity, sustained by a strong discipleship…read more →

Journey with a Jehovah’s Witness Part 3

A series by Malcolm Goodwin Read the Intro. to this series here, part 1 here, part 2 here. Jesus, Michael, and Archangels The verses cited by Jehovah’s Witnesses for linking the identity of the Archangel Michael with Jesus are included below in an excerpt from their publication “Reasoning from the Scriptures” (p218): “Is Jesus Christ the same person as Michael…read more →

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