The Challenge of Communication: Defining Terms

I often have to think about the challenge of communication, not only in our articles or public teaching but also in my day-to-day interaction with others. Sometimes when talking with someone, I get the distinct feeling that, although we may be using the same language, we somehow are not tracking together. Later, I may realize that the communication was not clear because we had different definitions, which had been assumed and not clarified. For example, … Continue reading

Lessons from the Garden

(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, … Continue reading

As It Turns Out

From time to time, I think about the prayer warriors that God put in our lives in the past. Some of them have gone home to be with the Lord, and we have to admit we really miss the intercession they provided on a regular basis. In many cases, the intercession was happening without our immediate knowledge. For example, when we met at age 15, I was not a believer. “As it turns out,” Joy’s … Continue reading

From False Premise to False Conclusion: JWs and the Trinity

A main premise of the historic Christian faith is that there is only one true God. We are monotheists. However, within the nature of the one true God exists three co-equal, co-eternal persons who share the same essence or properties of being. The “Trinity Shield” is a good representation of this core belief. Obviously, since we are finite human beings, it is difficult to describe the infinite eternal being of God. We can only use … Continue reading

The Walking Dead (From door to door)

Jehovah’s Witnesses are quite proud of their record of faithfully taking their message from door to door. For example, on the back cover of the December 1, 1996, Watchtower magazine, Catholics and Protestants are bashed for neglecting evangelism, particularly of the door-knocking variety. The publication proudly boasts, “Despite Christendom’s failure to evangelize, more than five million of Jehovah’s Witnesses are following Jesus’ command to ‘go and make disciples of people of all the nations’ (Matthew … Continue reading

The Art of Deception – Deux

Good deception (by “good,” we mean effective) uses language to guide one’s thinking in a particular direction. Sometimes deception is harmless fun, as in the case of “magic” tricks, surprise parties, harmless pranks, etc. When our son, Lee, was a lad, he and his friend Mike were great “magicians,” enamored with little tricks based on illusion, sleight of hand and/or misdirection – i.e. deception. One of his favorite (and most successful) tricks was called “Cups … Continue reading