Focus on Your Health, Not Your Weight

I just read a great book, Eat To Live, by Joel Furman, M.D. He asserts that people know less about nutrition than any other subject. After reading his book two times, I’m a believer. He also makes a great case for how to lose weight. Focus on your health, not your weight, and it will result in long-term weight loss.

I highly recommend reading this book. I have copied key points—things you should know and things you should do to whet your appetite for a good read.
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What We Know About the Bible that Ain’t So – 3

This is the third and last post related to what is known by most Christians about the Bible that ain’t so. While much of this information is reported in Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus, the following facts have been well known to well-informed, objective Bible scholars for almost two hundred years:

  • We do not have the original writings of the New Testament. What we have are copies of these writings, made years later—in most cases, many years later. And none of these copies is completely accurate since the scribes who produced them inadvertently and/or intentionally changed them in places. All scribes did this.God listens to Eve
  • There are more differences among preserved manuscripts than there are words in the New Testament.
  • The twenty-seven books we call the New Testament were not gathered into one canon and considered scripture, finally and ultimately, until hundreds of years after the books themselves were first produced.
  • We do not know precisely how old the New Testament is. It could be 1,200 years; we just don’t know. But we do know that it’s not 2,000 years old as I was taught growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness.
  • The third-century church father Origen, made the following complaint about the copies of the Gospel at his disposal: “The differences among the manuscripts have become great, either through the negligence of some copyists or through the perverse audacity of others; they either neglect to check over what they have transcribed, or, in the process of checking, they make additions or deletions as they please.” [Read more...]

Six Screens Conference Call

Six Screens of the WatchtowerRick Fearon of Six Screens of the Watchtower called me last week and asked if I would like to be interviewed on his Saturday, September 26 Conference Call Show. He told me that fascinating people from all over the world call in, including both former and active Jehovah’s Witnesses, and many other people who are “touched by the tentacles of the Watchtower.” While it sounded interesting, I knew little about his group. So I told him that I needed a few days to think about it before deciding to participate.

I did my research and talked to several friends. As it turns out, Rick and his wife, Inez, are fully committed to a very unique ministry that exposes the false teachings and hypocrisy of the Watchtower Society. It didn’t take me long to decide to appear on his show.

Fearon’s site, along with FreeMinds.org, Ex-JW.com, and BRCI.org , to name just a few, are all doing a great job sharing the truth about this dangerous cult.

I dialed into the show at 6:35 PM and listened in on an active conversation between several ex-JWs and people studying cult behavior. One of the alarming observations came from a disfellowshipped woman whose son was a known pedophile. She knew that he and society would be better off if he was in jail, but his local congregation’s elders were protecting him. They had no intention of reporting him to the local police because they believed his confession and resolve to stop his sordid behavior was enough evidence for them to forgive him of his sins.

At 7:00 PM, Rick closed the outside lines so that only the two of us could talk while assuring his phoned-in audience that there were hundreds, perhaps thousands, of listeners already listening to the call.

Rick spoke for twenty-five minutes, sharing the goals for the Six Screens Ministry and reporting new developments in the activity and loss of members for Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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What We Know About the BIBLE that Ain’t So – 2

I originally submitted this article on JustOneOpinion.com on August 6, 2009.
I’m republishing it here for the benefit of the readers of my blog. This is the second in my series about mostly unknown but true facts about the Bible.


Moses with the tablets“Not only are most Americans ignorant of the contents of the Bible, but they are also almost completely in the dark about what scholars have been saying about it for the past two centuries” reports Bart Ehrman, a well respected professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina. In his book, Jesus Interrupted, Ehrman shares many well-written and revealing truths supporting his assertion. A few of them are:

  • The Old Testament consists of thirty-nine books written by dozens of authors over at least six hundred years. And Moses did not write the first five books. In fact, it is hard to know if he ever existed.
  • The New Testament was written by sixteen or seventeen authors over a period of seventy years. Only eight of the twenty-seven books are written by the people traditionally thought to be the authors. Most of the books are written not by apostles, but by later writers claiming to be apostles

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