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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)
  • Back to 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.

Sep
16
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Can Humans become Angels?
Sep
15
comment Would any of the characters in heaven at the end of Les Misérables actually have been saved?
Oddly enough, the Bishop with the Silver candlesticks did not appear in the heavenly returns (probably because he wasn't dead yet!) - but did the most Christian act in the entire novel.
Sep
14
comment Christian denominations that view Jesus as a human moral teacher?
Christian Scientests
Sep
14
reviewed Leave Open What did Jesus mean by saying “only a few find the narrow gate”?
Sep
14
reviewed Reviewed Can we pray from any position?
Sep
13
reviewed Reviewed Why did Mary ask Jesus to make wine at the Wedding at Cana
Sep
13
reviewed Leave Open Why didn't God decide where the temple should be built during the exodus?
Sep
12
reviewed Reviewed Was Charles Haddon Spurgeon a five-point Calvinist?
Sep
12
reviewed Close How ambitious should a Christian be?
Sep
11
comment Are the gospels comparable(equal) to contemporary works of historians?
But, I've updated my answer to reflect that.
Sep
11
revised Are the gospels comparable(equal) to contemporary works of historians?
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Sep
11
comment Are the gospels comparable(equal) to contemporary works of historians?
As a Christian (and a bishop at that!) he would have naturally accepted the Disciple's eyewitness testimony (along with other sources he read) as the best sources out there.
Sep
11
comment Are the gospels comparable(equal) to contemporary works of historians?
Updated my answer
Sep
11
revised Are the gospels comparable(equal) to contemporary works of historians?
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Sep
11
comment Are the gospels comparable(equal) to contemporary works of historians?
Josephus' agenda was to make his own part in the Jewish-Roman wars look not as duplicitous as he probably was. He, too, simply mentioned the Christians as yet another party in Judea.
Sep
11
comment Are the gospels comparable(equal) to contemporary works of historians?
Tactitus had a Roman (albeit anti-Nero) agenda, and saw the Christians as a depised group that still maanged to be a pawn of his greater enemy, Nero.
Sep
11
comment Are the gospels comparable(equal) to contemporary works of historians?
So, first off, if you are going to use the term "history," then I need to know by what standards you want to define that. Nobody in the 1st Century had what today we would call standards of evidence that a modern historian would use today. So, the next question is, whose accounts do you trust? Do you trust the eyewitness accounts (each of the Gospel writers knew Jesus directly or a direct follower) whose agenda was shaped by the fact that they saw a dead man become an ex-dead man, or do you trust the accounts of people with other agendas?
Sep
11
comment Are the gospels comparable(equal) to contemporary works of historians?
This was answered on the first edit. The question was improved, but obsoleted this answer.
Sep
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on In what situations does the Bible say it's acceptable, perhaps, to do an action you might consider sinful?
Sep
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on In what situations does the Bible say it's acceptable, perhaps, to do an action you might consider sinful?