What’s in a Name?

I recently purchased a booked titled What’s in a Name? Origins of Station Names on the London Underground.[1] It deals with the history of all 270 names of London Underground stations (tube network). Flicking through the pages, it became clear that the names had...

The Lord Is Knocking

[This little gem came out at our last weekly on-line meeting.  I just had to share.] “. . .Look! I am standing at the door and knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into his house and take the evening meal with him and he with me.” (Re...

Are We in the Last Days?

This forum is for the study of the Bible, free from the influence of any particular religious system of belief.  Nevertheless, the power of indoctrination as practiced by the various Christian denominations is so pervasive that it cannot be ignored altogether,...

Salvation, Part 5: The Children of God

What role do the Children of God play in the salvation of Mankind? What is the “one-chance doctrine” of salvation and why is it taught so extensively? Does God truly give every human an equal opportunity to be saved?

Salvation, Part 4: All in the Family

The previous article dealt with the two rival seeds that contend with one another throughout time until the culmination of the salvation of humankind.  We are now in the fourth installment of this series and yet we’ve never actually stopped to ask the question:...

The Identity of the 24 Elders

[Editor’s note: When I published my analysis of the 24 Elders which came from the work of a brother in the Caribbean, Stephanos who lives in Europe called me to tell me he had a similar article in the works.  I found it most encouraging that two brothers so far from...

Who are the 24 Elders of Revelation?

[A tip of the hat to Yehorakam for bringing this understanding to my attention.] First, is the number 24, literal or symbolic?  Let’s assume it’s symbolic for a moment.  (This is only for the sake of argument as there is no way to know for sure whether the number is...

The Book of Revelation – The Lord’s Day

When John spoke, in Revelation 1:10, of being carried in the spirit to see visions, he spoke of “the Lord’s Day”. What day was he referring to? Is there more than one “Lord’s Day”, and how will the answer affect our understanding of the visions of “The Revelation to John”?

Dealing with Sinners – Part 2

In the previous article on this topic, we analyzed how the principles Jesus revealed to us at Matthew 18:15-17 can be used to deal with sin within the Christian Congregation.  The law of the Christ is a law based on love.  It cannot be codified, but must be fluid,...

Adopted!

I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness.  I’m approaching seventy now, and during the years of my life, I’ve worked in two Bethels, had a lead role in a number of special Bethel projects, served as a “need greater” in two Spanish-speaking countries, given talks at...

Making Our Time Count

Why do the friends and family we preach to often misjudge us? Why do they assign false motives to our efforts to share the truth of God’s word with them?

An Appeal for Prayer

The power of prayer is something we recognize and when many pray for someone in need, our Father takes note.  Thus, we find appeals like Colossians 4:2,  1 Thessalonians 5:25 and 2 Thessalonians 3:1 where the community of brothers and sisters is asked to pray. There...

Joseph’s Silver Cup

Having left your faith, you encounter someone still in it. You wish to share the truths you’ve now discovered. How to go about it? There may well be a lesson from the incident involving Joseph and his silver cup.

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Blood – Part 5

Is there a distinction between living blood and non-living blood? When an Israelite ate blood (the flesh of an animal that had died on its own or was torn by another animal) why was the penalty a mere slap on the hand? Does the Apostolic Decree found at Acts 15:29 deal with a secondary issue that threatened the unity of the Christian congregation? Has leadership finally acknowledged the premise is myth?

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Blood – Part 3

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe their stand on blood transfusions has resulted in a blessing for them and the health care community at large. Benefits have come, but was this because of a blessing from Jehovah? The evidence would suggest otherwise.