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Software Developer, part-time pastor, and I raise chickens. Who can't love a chicken?

For Christianity.stackexchange.com, my religious background:

  • Grew up in a Protestant, evangelical, nondenominational "Bible Church" (-1990)
  • earned a M.Div at a Baptist Seminary (2008) and pastored a very small Baptist church (2004 - 2008)
  • Served in an Episcopal Church, and yes I did that site. (2008 - 2013)
  • Now attending a Baptist church that has a true passion for breaking down the barriers of church so as to focus on the original mission of the church - namely to bring Jesus to a dying world.

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reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to determine a genuine call from God?
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revised Can the ancestral sin doctrine (and Paul's epistles) survive without a single breeding pair?
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comment Can the ancestral sin doctrine (and Paul's epistles) survive without a single breeding pair?
Finally, understand that original sin is a doctrine that developed to explain Scripture and battle the heretics. It is not necessarily 'Scripture'.
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answered Can the ancestral sin doctrine (and Paul's epistles) survive without a single breeding pair?
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comment Can the ancestral sin doctrine (and Paul's epistles) survive without a single breeding pair?
Are you distinguishing between 'ancestral sin' (typically used by the Orthodox) and 'original sin' (the term I'm used to associating with Augustine) for any reason?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why four Gospels?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is Abraham in heaven?
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comment What Christian denominations do not require belief in mainstream Christian core doctrines?
@jayyeshu I agree - I'm just trying to be non-partisan in describing it. The Creeds are the most common reference point for the formulation of the Trinity, but I agree, it really goes back to Scripture. Saying that, however, has a slightly higher bar than the Creeds - and since that isn't my focus, I put it the way I did.
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comment What Christian denominations do not require belief in mainstream Christian core doctrines?
I'm actually surprised at how much of a 'Truth' answer this is (I'm so proud!) but I think it really hits the nail on the head. If the focus is on You, not on God, you're missing the point.
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comment What Christian denominations do not require belief in mainstream Christian core doctrines?
You had me at Turkish Delight :) In all seriousness- what I love about this answer is that you rightly place the focus back on God and away from man. I move denominations freely, because that is where God takes me, not the other way around.
Jul
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comment How accurate is King James' Bible?
Also, potentially related: What major discrepancies exist between "versions" of the Bible?, What version of the Bible is closest to the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek manuscripts?, How do I track the history of changes to a given verse's actual text? How do I discover it's "lineage"?
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reviewed Reviewed What color was Augustine's skin?
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reviewed Reviewed Why is the word “Ark” used for Noah's boat and the Ark of the Covenant?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on How accurate is King James' Bible?
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answered What Christian denominations do not require belief in mainstream Christian core doctrines?
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comment What is the meaning and origin of bridal veils in Christian weddings?
Famously in Genesis, Leah wore a bridal veil when she was married to Jacob. It's purpose, however, seemed to be more for Laban's benefit than anything else :)
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comment What Christian denominations do not require belief in mainstream Christian core doctrines?
@landons The basic answer to your question is Unitarian. I'll warn you in advance, most Christians (myself included) wouldn't really see them as Christian, but they may fit your criteria. Likewise, the word you are looking for is Deist
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reviewed Edit and Reopen What Christian denominations do not require belief in mainstream Christian core doctrines?