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I'm a full-time software developer for eFolder, Inc, working remotely. I from Wichita, KS but have been traveling the globe since June, 2013.

I am pro-tem moderator for Spanish Language.


May
30
comment Complete Debates?
Ask a specific question that could have a single, correct answer. "Where can I find a recorded copy of XYZ debate?" would be an example (although that may not be a good fit for this site's SCOPE, as it's not really about Christian doctrine).
May
30
comment Complete Debates?
I don't know... perhaps a discussion forum somewhere? Or google?
May
29
comment Complete Debates?
This is a good question; it's just not a good question for this site, as it is a list question. Good Q&A questions should be answerable by a single, correct answer. Not lists of correct answers.
May
24
revised What are the 4 evangelists' inconsistencies saying about level of accuracy in NT?
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May
23
revised Why didn't Jesus allow demons to say he was God?
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May
22
revised What's the source of “I can only give what I have”?
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May
22
comment What's the source of “I can only give what I have”?
I would give you the answer, but alas, I can only give what I have.
May
21
comment Calvinist Regeneration, Interpreting Colossians 2:12
I guess the gist of my point is: If scripture doesn't fit into an ideology, is it the fault of scripture or of the ideology? Most Calvinists I've conversed with are so convinced their ideology is correct that they are willing, perhaps almost eager to bend their interpretation of scripture to fit their ideology rather than the other way around. I see that as the wrong approach. I see by your question that is not what you're doing, so I appreciate that.
May
21
comment Calvinist Regeneration, Interpreting Colossians 2:12
Understanding anything clearly requires some amount of categorization. So yes, I agree with you at least on some level. My personal issue with Calvinism and systematic theology is that I think it tries to invent categorizations that ought not exist, by, for instance, interpreting metaphor as literal truth. Of course I'm not interested in trying to debunk Calvinism (this site, and especially comments, is entirely the wrong place to do that anyway!)
May
21
comment Calvinist Regeneration, Interpreting Colossians 2:12
I also don't think that's a fair criticism of scripture. It is fair to say that no understanding of scripture can form a complete understanding of God, but that doesn't mean that every understanding of scripture must categorize all theology into precise definitions, etc. Many people are content knowing they don't comprehend something. (Being a computer science type guy, I'm not usually that type of person--I suspect many others on this site also aren't that type :)
May
21
comment Calvinist Regeneration, Interpreting Colossians 2:12
@SanJacinto: I don't see it as laziness if a person chooses to stop grappling with issues that have no known definite conclusion, in favor of loving their neighbor. That's not to belittle those who choose to spend hours pondering such issues--I just don't think it is fair to presume it ought to be a priority for everyone.
May
21
comment Calvinist Regeneration, Interpreting Colossians 2:12
It sounds to me like you're struggling with some of the very concepts that have convinced me that Calvinism is an overly strict way of interpreting scripture. It tries to fit very large, complex and abstract theological truths into nice, tidy boxes. God doesn't fit in a box. Of course that's not to say there isn't a good answer from a Calvinist perspective. If anything, Calvinist theology is good at coming up with explanations :)
May
21
revised Calvinist Regeneration, Interpreting Colossians 2:12
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May
20
revised Did Adam and Eve's Progeny Commit Incest?
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May
18
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May
18
comment What is the history of the concept of a “personal relationship with Jesus”?
Partnership does not necessarily mean "personal," though. And I think a strong argument could be made that koinōnia actually means a group involvement. Words like communion, distribution, and fellowship in your definition, would agree with that. Certainly some of those things can exist (in a limited fashion) "personally," but usually in a much diminished capacity.
May
18
comment How much did Paul's travels cost?
This might be a better question for History.SE.
May
18
comment What is the correlation between cosmic energy and Christianity?
Here's another video about "cosmic energy": youtube.com/watch?v=sxbPwl_KRuA
May
17
comment What is the correlation between cosmic energy and Christianity?
I think "cosmic energy" needs to be defined for this to be meaningful. It often has new-age connotations, but could also have astrophysical significance. Without knowing what your pastor meant by it, I can only assume he meant it as metaphor for something, and as such, it has exactly the same correlation to Christianity as whatever meaning he put into the term.
May
17
comment Biblical support for why something is a sin?
I think this should be three separate questions.