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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
12
comment How is Christian worship different than Christian religion?
@MaxGontar: Indeed. I was not aware of the controversy on the etymology of the word until I looked it up now to provide you with that link.
May
12
comment How is Christian worship different than Christian religion?
@MaxGontar: It's a simplified commentary on the etymology of the word 'religion'. Re is a prefix that means to do again, and legion comes from the same root as ligament (that which joins), or clearly legion (a joining/group of men/angels/etc), etc.
May
11
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
@lulian: I would invite/encourage you to come to chat to discuss this further.
May
11
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
@lulian: How do you not "violate personal life[s] of people", and outlaw remarriage, gambling, pornography, strip clubs, and homosexual marriage? Laws against any of those things (in fact, any law AT ALL), violates the personal lives of some people. That's almost the definition of a law.
May
11
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
So would you also favor the illegalization of pornography, strip clubs, remarriage after divorce, psychics, etc?
May
11
comment What's so great about the Canticle of the Sun?
@PeterTurner: Fair enough... I'd suggest turning the sentence fragment at the end of your first paragraph into a complete sentence in some way, then :)
May
11
comment What's so great about the Canticle of the Sun?
Did you mean to quote something after the :?
May
11
comment Is there any biblical support for copyright law?
You are forcing a shades-of-grey world into your black-and-white world view of "love vs. money." It's simply not that simple.
May
10
comment Is there any biblical support for copyright law?
But more to the point, none of this relates to whether or not copyright is Biblical... :)
May
10
comment Is there any biblical support for copyright law?
Oh, no doubt it is possible to do business, and make money with open source. But, take for example, the NIV translation of the Bible. I would be highly skeptical of a claim that a quality translation like this could have been achieved without copyright to protect the rights of the investors who paid the translators and scholars who worked on the project. There are examples of copyright-less translations (both modern, and predating the event of copyright), and none of them attracted the level of scholarship necessary to put out a world-class translation in modern times.
May
10
comment Is there any biblical support for copyright law?
@MaxGontar: I love open source software and other works. But there are many works that I am happy to pay for, because free versions simply don't exist, and probably could not exist, without paying people to do them, by means of copyright.
May
10
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
This seems to be an argument against homosexuality--which I was not asking for. That has already been discussed elsewhere (perhaps some form of your answer would be better suited to one of those questions).
May
10
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
@MarcGravell: A good answer. Do you (or can someone else add) references about legal homosexual marriage in pre-Christian Rome? I'd be curious to read more about this.
May
10
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
@AndresRiofrio: I think his point is: It's not up to the gov't to define marriage. That was already defined by God/the church/religion. If the gov't wants to define some other sort of arrangement, so be it. That argument has nothing to do with whether an ordained minister might be forced to perform a ceremony against his will.
May
10
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
@AndresRiofrio: I don't think that's anything at all like what he said.
May
10
comment Can a non-Christian sell his soul?
I think a definition of "soul selling" is necessary. Maybe that's done in the context of Freakonomics (with which I am unfamiliar). But to me, it's always been considered a metaphor for "giving complete devotion to something." In that sense, anyone can sell their soul--and a Christian has sold their soul to Christ.
May
10
comment What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?
@AndresRiofrio: If they can be tied to a specific Christian doctrine, that's fine. What I'm trying to stay away from is "I believe X. I'm a Christian. Therefore X is a Christian view."
May
8
comment What is the Biblical basis for 'term eldership'?
I doubt there's a specific Biblical basis for this--but I don't think there's any prohibition of it, either. The Bible, IMO, is quite permissive and forgiving of many of these sorts of "details." It tends to focus on more important things--like loving each other--than on things like internal organizational politics.
May
8
comment Is it valid to use grape juice at Communion?
Further discussion should probably be moved to chat.
May
8
comment Is it valid to use grape juice at Communion?
@NathanBunney: I respect your view, and I'm not trying to convince you to use Pepsi in your next communion celebration. I'm not even planning to use Pepsi in mine. My point really is that Christ took something normal (as he often does) and made it meaningful. If done in the right spirit, wine, grape juice, Pepsi, or orange juice can all function. If done in the wrong spirit, even the best wine is not adequate.