Month: August 2014

One Way to Talk to a Jehovah’s Witness

Recently I had a Jehovah’s Witness come to my door offering the usual. The experience was rewarding, not because I won any arguments but because I was able to put to use many hours of training and study to be the best lay apologist possible. But before I tell you all about our conversation, I want to “set the stage.” My family lives in Omaha, Nebraska. It’s not unusual in the summer months to have, at least weekly, a solicitor at our doors. Once storm season in underway or finished, businesses enjoy a wide open market for people who...

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Talking with Sister Margaret Obrovac Part 2

                Talking with Sister Margaret Obrovac about media, blogging, and writing. [iframe style=”border:none” src=”” height=”50″ width=”350″ scrolling=”no” allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Check out the latest episode of The...

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The Complete List of Church Teaching on Suicide

Here is a complete and exhaustive list of the Church’s teaching on the issue and topic of suicide. Starting with the Bible, I use all documents and works considered “ecclesiastical.” Sacred Scripture Exodus 20:13 – You shall not kill. 1 Samuel 31:4-5 – Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and make sport of me.” But his armor-bearer would not; for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword, and fell upon it. And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead,...

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How does the Church Respond to Suicide?

The news of Robin Williams’ death is heartbreaking, as is any news of the death of one of our heroes. Just as was the news of mega-church pastor Rick Warren’s son’s suicide. I can understand Williams and I feel pity and sorrow for those souls. I really can and do. Between the time I was 14-17 I tried on three separate occasions to kill myself. All three times I couldn’t even overdose correctly. That, or my guardian angel was purifying the poison I had consumed inside my body. That was an awful time of my life; I hated who I was, what I was addicted to, and certainly...

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