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Testimony: The Lord’s Message Rang Out From You…

This time, like all times, is a very good one if only we know what to do with it. Our world is ready to hear the gospel. Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Wiccans, Atheists, Agnostics, Satanists, Moonies, Scientologists, etc. are all ready to hear the gospel. You don’t believe it? I understand. It is the nature of Christians to believe we are…read more →

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 →

Mormons and the Bible

Just as in other churches, Mormons face the question of what to think of the different Bible translations available today. Most churches have a standard text, a pew Bible, but often encourage members to use and explore other translations. Christians have found this very helpful as each translation brings its own strengths and weaknesses. It is also the case that…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 →

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 →

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