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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.


Feb
16
comment What is God's good news before Jesus's death and resurrection?
+1 for using "conflate". I just like the word [...] It's got a sort of woody quality about it. (Monty Python)
Feb
15
comment What denominations use gender-inclusive hymnology?
Please tell me you are kidding about "pleased as punch". If not, please don't tell me the denomination that's being sung in. My life would not be better for having someone specific to deride for that absurdity.
Feb
15
comment Is “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” preaching heresy?
@Flimzy: Of course one could also make that point, although I think that interpretation runs closer to the original objection of "the debt has already been paid, therefore it is not continually re-accruing."
Feb
15
comment Is it possible to be a good Christian and be psychic at the same time?
As for this answer, I think you really need to reference some kind of doctrine on this issue. Most Christian traditions do not acknowledge the kind of phychic powers you describe as being from God in the way that prophecy is. Which Christian traditions believe this and where are their teachings on the matter?
Feb
15
comment Is it possible to be a good Christian and be psychic at the same time?
Welcome to Christianity.SE. I cleaned up your formatting a little bit. If you post a lot of verses you might consider this script to make that part easier.
Feb
14
comment What denominations use gender-inclusive hymnology?
Seriously, some people have lost sight of how English works as a language. Even in secular usage, woman are often included in male gender terms (guys, mankind, etc.), and surely in Christian usage the gospel by which we are saved is for all men (including women)
Feb
13
comment What evidence is there to support the position that the Bible is truly the Word of God to mankind?
+1 because all of these points factor in, but see my feedback in chat. TL;DR: This is a very Anglican sounding answer and I think fails to address some significant factors that other Christian traditions think matter as much or more.
Feb
13
comment Is a “skeptical viewpoint” more objective than “Christian viewpoint” in matters of theology?
@PeterTurner: Actually I wasn't considering migration, but I did have wires in my brain crossed. What I meant was Philosophy, where this (and the experientially backed answers it garnishes) would be on topic.
Feb
13
comment Was Onan really struck dead by God for masturbating?
<some comments removed>. Anything that does not maintain clean langauge and a profesional tone in comments (and answers) is unacceptable usage of this site.
Feb
13
comment Is a “skeptical viewpoint” more objective than “Christian viewpoint” in matters of theology?
I think the current wording of this question actually would be a better fit on Skeptics, however I can understand your wanting to address the question at a Christian audience. In order for it to survive here however, you are going to have to edit it to specifically address a Christian audience, and maybe a particular doctrinal position. Keep in mind the several kinds of appologietics used by professing Christians and perhaps addrss your question at one of those, asking for their reasoning in this matter.
Jan
28
comment Which is hell: punishment, or revenge?
@Lost You are correct that isn't what I'm saying. Hell is hell because God is there. I'll fix this up to be more clear and defended when I'm off the road.
Jan
26
comment What is the power that Christians possess?
@MarcGravell: Yes, the doctrines of Christianity are the instigators of inner struggle and, rightly understood, will lead us into conflict with our very natures. Paul sums this up nicely. In particular God's decrees of what is right do nothing but show us how sinful we are. Anybody coming at Christianity with only this understanding without having also understood redemption and grace will undoubtedly be left in despair. Increased depression rates are something I would expect to see particularly where the Word is taught out of balance.
Jan
26
comment How does Jesus fulfill the offices of Prophet, Priest and King?
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Jan
25
comment Do Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate communion?
I'm already aware there is a wide spectrum of thoughts on this matter, what I'm interested (and don't know) is what the specific thoughts of this one tradition are. What do you mean "if" they have an equivolent? Do they not recognize the same sacrament? Do they think other Protestants have this issue mixed up? What is the difference between an "anointed" one and any member of their tradition? Right now you raise more questions than answers :)
Jan
25
comment What education requirements are imposed on ordination candidates in the Anglican church?
Ok so the "discernment" process might be different, but are there set standards for education? could a lax diocese somewhere ordain a bunch of folks that then migrate to other diocese that they might not have met the requirements for? or are there ate least some fixed standards?
Jan
25
comment What education requirements are imposed on ordination candidates in the Anglican church?
How uniform are these regs across diocese?
Jan
24
comment What is the difference between a pastor, a priest, and a minister?
Um, although it often ends up that way for practical reasons, many traditions don't have any age requirement on elders (the English term being a misnomer.) Also, in some traditions being an elder ipso-facto means you are no longer laity! I realize there is a lot of variety in the understandings of that role, but considering it has more Biblical explanation than most of the other roll names you explain here, I think you could treat some of the possible definitions a little more throughally.
Jan
20
comment Do Old Testament individual, family and social laws and guidance apply to Christians or did Jesus come to discard OT laws and guidance?
@JohnDaveMedina: The first part, where you have inserted "also" as a comparison building on the previous item rather than creating a contrast. When the items naturally contrast, that's an awkward interpretation that would require significant justification from the text itself, which really isn't there in this case.
Jan
20
comment Where does the Bible say to read itself?
1st Peter, if I remember correctly, has some relevant exhortation towards the end of chapter 1 and beginning of chapter 2.
Jan
18
comment According to LDS (Mormon) teaching, what is the relationship between Jesus and Lucifer?
I don't see how adding content about the beliefs of other traditions help make this a more narrow question other than only bringing out any conflicting issues. I think it would be just as useful and less non-constructive to just ask about the teachings you want to know about without putting them on the defensive against another teaching.