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Denominations: Eastern Orthodox Church (Part 1)

Many people divide Christendom into three major branches: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox or Orthodox Catholic, and Protestantism.  The Eastern Orthodox Church is the third largest branch.  It is the second largest denomination in the world.  There are nearly 260 million … Continue reading

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Denominations: Catholic Church (Part 1)

The word ‘denomination’ and related words are used in different ways.  The word ‘denominate’ means “to give a name to” (merrian-webster.com).  The word ‘denominator,’ in mathematics, is used of “the part of the fraction that is below the line that … Continue reading

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Western Religions: Christian Science (Part 1)

Christian Science membership is on the decline.  “Membership in the church has steadily declined since the 1930’s.  Mrs. Eddy forbade her followers from keeping an official membership tally.  The church estimates it has about 400,000 members worldwide, but independent studies … Continue reading

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Western Religions: Jehovah’s Witnesses and The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, Part 2

Authority 1.  The Bible. They write, “As the inspired word of God, it is a channel for the operation of God’s spirit” (The Bible: God’s Word or Man’s?, p. 181, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania).  “The Bible … Continue reading

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Western Religions: Jehovah’s Witnesses and The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, Part 1

The Jehovah’s Witnesses claim a membership of approximately 8.6 million world-wide (How Many of Jehovah’s Witnesses Are There Worldwide?, JW.org).  The number are said to total about 1.2 million in the U.S.A. (2018 Country and Territory Reports, JW.org).  “Jehovah’s Witnesses … Continue reading

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Eastern Religions: Zoroastrianism and Bahaism

These two religions are from Persia (Iran).  One is ancient.  One is of more recent origin. Zoroastrianism There are fewer than 200,000 followers of this religion in the world.  Most are in India, Pakistan, and Iran (Top Countries of the … Continue reading

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Eastern Religions: Confucianism and Taoism

These two religions are from China.  They have their roots in the 6th century B.C. Confucianism There are between 5- 6 million followers of this religion in the world (World Religions by Number of Followers, Conservapedia.com).  Most are in China, … Continue reading

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A Monument to the Boll Weevil?

Located in the small town of Enterprise, Alabama, a town about 30 miles north of the Florida state line, stands the world’s only monument in honor of an insect – the Boll Weevil. The Boll Weevil is a small beetle, … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Teaching and Preaching

What is the objective?  What is it that we are trying to accomplish in our Bible classes and from the pulpit? Some specialize in the trivial.  What man had twelve fingers and twelve toes?  What tribe was filled with left-handers?  … Continue reading

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Ethics: Race and Prejudice (Part 1)

An ideal world, justice would be blind. We should be judged by the content of our character, and not the color of our skin or our socio-economic level. However, life is not always idea. Racism exists around the globe. The … Continue reading

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