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I am a scripting language connoisseur, regular expression aficionado, network geek, general lover of Linux and a frequent contributor to open source software. I transitioned to programming from other work because I was too busy automating my own work environment to actually do the other work. I have a hobby interest in cartography. For more see my personal site. Most importantly, my life is defined by the grace of God given to men through Jesus Christ. It is my ambition that everything I do would reflect His glory and point people towards Him.


Sep
15
comment Does being a “state church” give the Church of Scotland any doctrinal distinctive?
@JamesT: A state mandated obligation to hold a particular confession sounds like an item worthy of a full answer!
Sep
15
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
What would that teach you? More importantly for SE sites is how would that benefit the internet? We don't think it does. You could ask an overview question about what all the different perspectives on assurance are which could be only answered by covering a wide range of options and assigning them to different traditions, or you can ask about specific sets of beliefs either by way of explanation or comparison. What you can't do is ask which one is right. Does all this make any sense?
Sep
15
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
Think about possible outcomes to this question for a second: If you asked for a right answer about what assurance do we have, you might get a reformed answer that says our assurance is X, a charismatic answer that says we have no assurance at all, and a Mormon answer that depends on secret ceramonies. Which of these answers are you going to choose to accept? All of them are going to get upvotes from people in their respective traditions and downvotes from people who believe them to be bogus.
Sep
15
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
I didn't say I'd commented anything else, I was on mobile and this is a difficult problem to explain. Just slapping a tradition name on a question is really a bandaid as I said, but the real problem is that not all questions are even appropriate here. Often you seem to be digging for a truth answer -- a judgement on what right or wrong doctine in a matter is. By all means do this in your Christian walk, but this isn't a good outlet for that. Those kinds of questions are inherently problematic even with bandaids applied.
Sep
15
comment What is the significance of the name “Jesus”?
Ok that was a case of poor reading on my part as you do cover it to some extent. I rewrote things to put the main point first, then build on that. Feel free to revert if I've mis-represented your answer, but I found the original hard to follow and hope this makes your point clearer.
Sep
15
revised What is the significance of the name “Jesus”?
Rearranged to answer the question, then build on it. Fixed some English issues.
Sep
15
comment What is the significance of the name “Jesus”?
This is good stuff, but it doesn't answer they question. Why is the name "Jesus" and not "Bob"? The things you show would hold true no matter what his name was.
Sep
15
comment Is it true that Luther claimed Popes and priests commonly practiced sodomy?
@Dan General info about figures in Christian history are on topic, and certainly anything said by a major theologian is fair game. You could argue this is a bad question, but not on that basis.
Sep
14
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
Just adding that phrase is really a band-aid solution to a problem that needs a re-write, but I'm going to let it go for right now because I don't have time to help with the re-write. Maybe somebody else can jump in here and help while I'm out...
Sep
13
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
Whehter or not Christianity is divided on it (it's a point of disagreement at least), the constituency of this site is certainly from many ends of the spectrum. You cannot just throw questions like this out at "Christianity" here..
Sep
13
comment According to Reformed Theology, What is the greatest assurance of Salvation?
Please consider this closure just a timeout zone until you scope this in a way that is answerable and that people can verify answers. Some traditions will say spreading in tongues is assurance, others special sealing ceremonies, others being fruit of the word ... without any scope of who you want to learn about this won't go anywhere productive.
Sep
13
comment Does being a “state church” give the Church of Scotland any doctrinal distinctive?
So am I correct in understanding that the primary distinctive here is some kind of mandate to extend coverage to all regions of the state, but what church itself looks like / teaches is still up to the church to decide?
Sep
13
comment What is the difference between “called” and “chosen”?
@DavidStratton: I find that article deeply problematic. Care to Christianity Chat about it sometime?
Sep
13
comment How does the relationship of the Church of Scotland to the state differ from that of the Church of England?
Welcome to Christianity.SE, and thank you for a very useful contribution. I'm curious what the implications of "matters spiritual" is in your answer. What church related matters are considered "unspiritual" and fall under the domain of the state? (Be aware that on this site you can edit your answers to develop them further.)
Sep
12
awarded  Constable
Sep
12
answered We're only in heaven for a short time?
Sep
12
comment How do Reformed Theologians view Hypnosis?
As so much humbuggery, deception or worse.
Sep
12
answered Denominational adherence to “The New Perspective On Paul”
Sep
12
comment Denominational adherence to “The New Perspective On Paul”
What is "new" in the New Perspective on Paul?
Sep
12
comment Scholarly discussion of claims that Paul is a “false apostle”
What is "new" in the New Perspective on Paul?