Questions for a Jehovah’s Witness

I recently started reading Philip Yancey’s The Jesus I Never Knew. With only the first two chapters under my belt, I’m already beginning to think about Jesus’ life and work in a new way.

For instance, I’ve been thinking hard about just how difficult it must have been for Mary to bring a son into this world, seeing as she was subject to the law and to a society which viewed her birth as scandalous. That’s how Yancey’s book starts: revisiting this man Jesus we’ve heard about for so long and in so many different contexts and reexamining the birth story I heard every Christmas Eve as a kid (usually while obsessing over the presents I knew were waiting in my parents’ closet). Yancey’s book is a necessary eye opener for sure.

I bought the book a few days ago, and on that same day, I saw two Jehovah’s Witnesses walking down my street. In the past, whenever I saw Jehovah’s Witnesses come to my door, I recoiled in horror at the thought of talking to two stranger’s at my doorstep. Perhaps because my view of the life of Jesus was fresh in my mind, I realized that I wished they would knock on my door. I had a few questions to ask them…

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Intent vs. Utility: One Argument for Gun Control

The fact that gun control is a volatile topic is no surprise to any of us. With that, I’d like to make my intention clear.

My intention is to counter one specific pro-gun argument I’ve come across in the past few days.

I’m not opposed to taking on other facets of the gun control epidemic. In fact, I’m devoted to learning more and talking about this. It’s just that this post is not my place to do it yet.

Finally, I’m certainly not interested in any conversations which aren’t civil.

Let’s go.

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