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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.


Dec
2
comment According to the Mormon doctrines, who created the universe?
Welcome to Christianity.SE.
Dec
1
comment What is the significance of the three different gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh) given to Jesus by the Magi after his birth?
I don't think this needs to be either doctrinally specific or moved to BH.SE, I think it's perfectly at home here as a tradition question.
Nov
30
comment Is 1 Thessalonians 4:17 the only verse that supports the rapture?
@JustinY Not only is there not an error in the last sentence, it's hysterically funny.
Nov
30
comment Why do Baptists believe in the autonomy of local congregations?
Un-deleted, thanks for editing.
Nov
29
comment Does 2 Timothy 1:9 prove the Doctrine of Election?
@aopsfan I said "no" this verse doesn't prove the case by itself because by itself it could be taken several ways (see the other answer here for one). In order to discern which interpretation is correct you have to look to more than just this verse. It's a good one, but it's only one part of what we have to go on, not a self-contained proof in itself.
Nov
29
comment Does 2 Timothy 1:9 prove the Doctrine of Election?
@aopsfan: I don't think you quite understand why one verse can be used as a complete proof out of context or you wouldn't have asked a question saying "Does verse X prove Y?" The verse is related and yes if all the bits can be known to be understood a certain way then it is a nice neat summary of the doctrine. However it isn't a "proof" in itself because you need the rest of the context of not only that letter but Paul's other writings and the writings he referenced (basically the whole Bible) in order to form a solid understanding of this (or any) doctrine.
Nov
29
comment Why do Baptists believe in the autonomy of local congregations?
+0.95 because the caffeine buzz really shows through.
Nov
28
comment Does 2 Timothy 1:9 prove the Doctrine of Election?
@aopsfan: No, I don't think "us" in this verse could be suffering just to Paul and Timothy. Again you need to consider more of scripture than any verse out of context. Although Paul is writing to Timothy, he is using language that he uses elsewhere when writing expressly to all believers.
Nov
28
comment What is the difference between Protestantism and Evangelicalism?
Welcome to Christianity.SE! Glad to have you around ... when you get a chance you might check out our FAQ and the featured tag on meta to get an idea of what we're working on around here, just know that we're still a work in progress...
Nov
28
comment Which denominations use the King James Version?
+1 for both pointing out how this actually an independent doctrinal issue and giving an overview of the reasons behind the stance.
Nov
28
comment What is the difference between Protestantism and Evangelicalism?
"Evangelical" is almost an adjective that inherits its meaning from the noun it purports to describe. Definitively not the usual role for that part of speech.
Nov
28
comment What is the difference between Protestantism and Evangelicalism?
For Protestantism, there are a couple common ones. For Evangelicalism, I don't know of any that I would consider binding or useful -- although from context one can often surmise what people mean by it, since there is so much diversity of intended meaning I don't actually consider it a meaningful moniker.
Nov
28
comment What is the difference between Protestantism and Evangelicalism?
Good question but if I were to answer I would start by laying out about 15 different definitions for each term and showing how you could argue this either way. Whose definitions of these very general terms are you interested in?
Nov
28
comment What is the Southern Baptist belief regarding speaking in tongues?
This seems odd to me. Do they have a general doctrinal statement on gifts or any relevant comments about cecasionism?
Nov
28
comment Inconsistency in Biblical interpreatation (Genesis & Judges)
@Richard: The only thing I was suggesting was not a good proof text (even though I do think it can be a supporting passage) is that particular chapter in Genesis. I could use other Genesis passages to make the case too, I just don't think that one makes a good lead argument since there is another possible reading (even if a very weak hermeneutic is required). Leviticus is certainly part of what I referred to as "the rest of Scripture".
Nov
26
comment Denominational adherence to “The New Perspective On Paul”
Also, you doubting denominations have a stand on this doesn't make a good answers and us a bad hunch. Even as a "new" issue very many denominations have staked out a side to take. Justification is something churches (I think justifiably) take seriously. And sorry I couldn't resist.
Nov
26
comment Denominational adherence to “The New Perspective On Paul”
Claiming people should find your view compatible and people actually finding it to be so are not equivalent. In this case many and maybe a majority of reformed circles reject his view. One I saw yesterday (OPC) requires all ministry candidates to submit a written refutation as part of the exam process.
Nov
25
comment Inconsistency in Biblical interpreatation (Genesis & Judges)
@TRiG It is common in the same way that right clicking and hitting refresh on Windows desktops in an attempt to get their failed WiFi connection back is common. It's non-sensical and not part of Windows but that doesn't stop the heards from trying anyway.
Nov
25
comment Inconsistency in Biblical interpreatation (Genesis & Judges)
@TRiG When you want to know what a thing is, you need to look past the half baked implementations by those who haven't made an effort to differentiate their beliefs from hearsay. The accurate interpretation of the scriptures is not the rarefied musings of academia, it is the foundation of our faith. This site in particular is for answerers based on the doctrines and ordinances of documented Christian religion, not every persons individual implementation (or perversion) of them.
Nov
25
comment Inconsistency in Biblical interpreatation (Genesis & Judges)
@Stephen Welcome to Christianity.SE.