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Apr
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answered Why do churches often have altars?
Apr
4
comment How does Absalom's death foreshadow Christ?
An important thing to consider is the distinction between foreshadowing and simpler similarity. In this case, the question is "Does the story of Absalom foreshadow Christ, or do the stories simply have a lot of parallels?" Of course, it's rare that parallels this strong in the Bible are coincidences, but I'm curious whether you could find something more explicitly drawing a connection anywhere in Scripture.
Apr
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answered Should women give sermons?
Apr
3
comment What is the earliest Christian use of a worship leader?
It's worth noting that music directors in the Old Testament were probably actually -very- much like modern worship leaders, in that there were groups among the Levites who were dedicated to leading musical worship and other kinds of praise. I have no research on the subject, but it's not unreasonable to believe that the first Christians continued this practice, and that it has evolved gradually ever since.
Apr
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answered Do parts of Hebrews 3 and 4 imply that saved Christians can become unsaved?
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Apr
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revised What is saving faith?
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Apr
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comment What is saving faith?
Perhaps I'm arguing semantics here, but I think it's meaningful that James says "You say you believe there is one God," as opposed to, say, "You say you believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah who died for your sins." I think James is pointing out that simply believing in the existence of God is a baseline, not the endpoint of faith. If that's the case, then such a belief isn't nearly as formative of behavior as belief that one is a sinner who can be forgiven. James seems to be saying faith should manifest action because real faith is in something transforming.
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answered What is saving faith?
Feb
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comment Is it appropriate to capitalize pronouns referring to Jesus Christ?
I also do this as a sign of respect. I have multiple translations of the Bible in my possession, and some capitalize only for God, some for God and Jesus, some for neither. I don't think there's a biblical or doctrinal mandate in any direction, for most.
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