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I have been programming since I was in high school, and my favorite computer was my Amiga 2000, as that is what I learned to program in C on, and was just a great computer.

I have been an advocate about unit testing since 1999, and believe we can get better code by getting before the user more frequently so we can narrow the solution to what they really want, as users don't really know what they want, initially.

I am comfortable with many languages, but am trying to understand how to program in functional languages, giving up while loops is very difficult for me in designing applications. :)

I am living in Knoxville, TN.


Oct
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comment How should other churches respond to a pastor and congregation who live contrary to the Gospel?
But if we are praying, but people are still being led astray, thinking he is teaching God's word, then people are still being led astray, which is why I mentioned the example of the fig tree. Jesus didn't just pray from the Jewish leaders but confronted them, for example.
Oct
4
comment How should other churches respond to a pastor and congregation who live contrary to the Gospel?
I expect that showing love should be the normative standard expected, actually, even to those that hate you, but in this case the hate was shown toward someone that wasn't expecting it. I expect ministers and deacons to have a good relationship with God, so that they can help us find our way, but this person's relationship appears to be with someone other than Jesus, it appears.
Oct
4
comment How should other churches respond to a pastor and congregation who live contrary to the Gospel?
You can love and pray for them, but as I stated in updating my answer, they are leading people away from Christ by their teachings, which is the real danger here. It took me a while to understand why the article bothered me, but that is the root cause, the deliberate twisting of Jesus' teachings to do evil, wrapped in self-righteousness, and that people will believe that they are correct.
Oct
4
comment What is the meaning of “anything” in Matthew 18:19-20?
@Wikis - These are witnesses, and however the groups wants to discipline, God is with them.
Oct
4
revised How should other churches respond to a pastor and congregation who live contrary to the Gospel?
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Oct
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comment How should other churches respond to a pastor and congregation who live contrary to the Gospel?
But, what do you do when the church seems to be in agreement with the action? Should people treat them differently, realizing that when Matt was written tax collectors were shunned by society? Should anything this pastor, or the deacons, teach be given any weight by any Christians striving to be like Christ?
Oct
4
asked How should other churches respond to a pastor and congregation who live contrary to the Gospel?
Oct
4
answered What is the meaning of “anything” in Matthew 18:19-20?
Oct
4
comment What are the main points of Mormons' teaching that this group of people consider contradictory to the Bible?
@MasonWheeler - The problem is the belief that ALL people, regardless of beliefs, will become immortal, due to the atonement. For example if you look at Romans 2:6-8 some will be rewarded with immortality, but not all.
Oct
4
comment What are the main points of Mormons' teaching that this group of people consider contradictory to the Bible?
@MasonWheeler - That could be why I don't have a copy, but I just have three LDS books, D&S is one.
Oct
4
comment Should Christians proselytize other Christians?
But how do you know that your beliefs are correct and theirs is wrong? Unless you understand their beliefs enough so that you can express their side as well as they can you probably don't know their POV. Also, examine your motives. If it is to prove something then you are doing this for the wrong reason, so it is wrong. Look at how Jesus talked to those he disagreed with, outside of hypocrites, he talked with love and understanding, and allowed them to keep their dignity.
Oct
4
comment Are Christians allowed to practice Eastern martial arts?
If you do martial arts without the spiritual component you are losing many of the benefits. Many of the teachings won't necessarily contradict Christianity, for example, Ghandi was probably more Christ-like in his life than most Christians. You don't have to believe in reincarnation for martial arts, but the non-violence of Buddhism helps. You may want to explain more about the "eastern spiritual component".
Oct
4
answered What are the main points of Mormons' teaching that this group of people consider contradictory to the Bible?
Oct
4
answered Is the stigmata biblically sound?
Oct
3
answered Why does Vatican require “Yahweh” not to be used?
Oct
2
comment Can you be Christian while wishing death upon another?
@tomjedrz - Guess that part was edited out, and I won't roll it back, so in your Bible look at the next verse. It can only apply to praying for someone to be killed.
Oct
2
comment Can you be Christian while wishing death upon another?
@tomjedrz - That is not true, actually. I have heard too many 'religious' people use it praying for his death. If you read the next line, which I will add, it refers to his widow.
Oct
2
answered Can you be Christian while wishing death upon another?
Oct
2
comment What were people supposed to do with an incomplete or nonexistent Bible?
@MasonWheeler - Paul was unique amongst the Apostles in his experience that led to his conversion, meeting Jesus after his death, and being blinded. So, he did meet Jesus, but not while he was walking around physically, but anything Paul said that violated Jesus' teachings would be contradicted by those still alive that did know Jesus.