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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.

1h
comment What is the justification for applying God's promises to Israel to modern day Christians?
Could I suggest asking if this applies to Genesis 12:1-3 moreso than Jeremiah 29:11? Normally that is the basis for "Israel support" amongst evangelicals - but it is far more ambiguous than even I like to admit
2h
comment Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community?
I am torn, because as a Christian, I want to welcome you and encourage you to participate if for no other reason then that is what Jesus would have me do. Unfortunately, this is an academic site that doesn't study what is true, as much as how people study Truth.
18h
comment What is the context of Chesterton's quote: “When we bind our hearts, we free our hands.”?
It sounds like Rich may not be sourcing correctly. I wish I could confront him on it. I miss his music
1d
comment To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?
tldr> If Genesis 1-3 is a metaphor, then the Fall is a metaphor, and ergo original sin becomes untenable. Without that understanding of sin, for YECers at least, salvation falls apart.
1d
comment Does the incorrupted body of St.Cecilia still exist?
@user14198 I add my welcome to that of fredsbend. In my opinion, so far, I have found this site very useful and schorlarly when compared to forums and comm-box. I hope you stick around and that you have a similar experience. (From FMShyaguya, but I agree!)
1d
comment Is “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” preaching heresy?
Welcome to C.SE. When you get the chance, please take the tour, read our help center, and find out how we are different than other sites. As it stands, this may very well be accurate, but it sounds just like a personal opinion, which we don't do here.
2d
comment Has the Gospel been completely preserved textually and linguistically since the time of Jesus?
By "long after" you mean less than 20 years.
Jul
19
comment What is the oldest existing copy of Genesis?
Are you looking to see Genesis as a distinct book from the other 4 books of the Torah, or just as the Torah being distinct from the Ketu'vim and Nevi'im?
Jul
19
comment Are Paul's teachings normative today?
Wait, didn't see that you restricted it just women. Still, many churches do not ordain women, although this is changing, as the recent vote by the CoE to ordain female bishops shows.
Jul
19
comment Are Paul's teachings normative today?
Seeing as half the New Testament was written by him, gotta go with "Yes."
Jul
18
comment Why do Young-Earth Creationists make such a big deal about the YEC view
I'm not suggesting that OEC think the Bible untrustworthy, it is that YEC think that OEC think it is. It is a misperception, but that is how a YEC would see it.
Jul
18
comment What belief system would combine both elements from Calvinism and Arminianism?
@bruisedreed It's funny - I didn't see this comment until after I had answered. But, if you add @ followed by a user name in a comment, I'll get notified. In the comment you alluded to, I had already given the answer I linked to in my answer to this one.
Jul
17
comment Where do primary sources for the Bible reside?
The comment has a familiar ring to it...
Jul
17
comment How do non-sacramental denominations identify and ordain pastors and other leaders?
My suspicion is that if I was ordained by the FSM church, most Baptists wouldn't recognize it.
Jul
17
comment Character of God and His Creation
Could we maybe turn this into a blog entry? It is decent writing, even if it isn't a question.
Jul
17
comment How do non-sacramental denominations identify and ordain pastors and other leaders?
You are asking a great question: How do nonsacremental, non-heirarchical denominations identify and ordain pastors and other leaders. This is perfectly answerable.
Jul
17
comment what is God's throne like?
In short, you need to specify what kinds of sources: Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experiential you care about. We're big on the first three here, and trying to keep out the fourth.
Jul
17
comment what is God's throne like?
@eliyah As one who grew up in a Non-Denominational church myself, I feel your frustration. When you say Bible, I know you mean you are looking for Scripture references in the 66 books of the Protestant canon. Immediately, you need to ask yourself, "Do I care about the deuterocanonicals?" (in this case, you probably should. Also, remember much of Catholic doctrine is based on early patristics, so, you should maybe include them too.
Jul
17
comment From a biblical perspective, Who performs a miracle - the person or God?
@davidstratton how could I decline such a generous invitation :)
Jul
17
comment What does Paul mean when he speaks of “in Christ”?
You do realize that N.T. Wright has written whole books on this, right? ligonier.org/learn/articles/nt-wright-and-new-perspective-paul