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The missionary dress code has changed a lot over the years to stay compatible with current trends and styles (without compromising modesty, of course). Until about 2010, sister missionaries were required to wear nylons and dark dresses/skirts that went down to at least mid-calf, as well as dark suit/jacket tops. In 2010, the dress code was updated, ...


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It's not an ignorant question. You've touched on something that has great value to Latter-day Saints. Not only has the LDS Church partnered with Ancestry.com and others to make their genealogical records available to church members and developed FamilySearch to organize and collaborate family history research, the LDS Church also has the world's largest ...


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Before I can answer, I must clarify several terms that you are using incorrectly/ambiguously and define how I will approach this question. I also must begin with the disclaimer that I will be answering from an Eastern Orthodox perspective. Eastern Orthodox vs. Oriental 'Orthodox' vs. Nestorianism Nestorianism was condemned at the third and fourth ...


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It's actually NOTW, and stands for Not Of This World: It's a reference to Jesus's words in several places, including John 18:36: Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” [ESV] The logo ...


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Although it is granted that there are some Protestants that engage in a practice of "Church Shopping", it is somewhat tendentious to assert that "Church Shopping" is actually a "Tradition" within Protestantism (particularly from a Catholic interlocutor given their particular semantic usage of the term). The fact is, that many Protestant churches actively ...


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I guess if I was in Italy and someone said "Jesus loves you" in Latin, I might reply "et tu frater" or "et tu sorror". Don't know if I could get away with "Jesus te amo" or if that would give out the wrong signal, though. In English, I would probably respond with "You too, brother" or "You too, sister". Or perhaps "Such love! Amazing love!" accompanied by ...


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'God bless you' is the most common courteous response I can think of. Or more simply : Bless you. Wikipedia comments on both varieties as does the Cambridge Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary (IV/9/b). It is in scripture (Numbers 6:24) : The LORD bless thee, and keep thee [KJV] Jesus commands to say it even to enemies (Matthew 5:44) : ...


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Proverbs 31:10-31 is a famous passage on The Virtuous Woman. In addition to taking care of her family, the passage describes a woman who contributes financially to her household. Proverbs 31:16-18 She considers a field and buys it;     out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously;     her arms are strong for her tasks. She ...


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As a gamer and Christian who's been both since the 1980s I can explain the general history of Christian attitudes toward fantasy role-playing games. This is largely crossposted from a newer and somewhat identical question on the RPG Stack Exchange, Background of Christian resistance to role-playing. Ancient History The Church was initially quite ...


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No. Everyone in my local Church self-describes as fundamentalist, and we live like normal folk in cities, suburbs, farms, our own houses, apartments, underground survival bunkers with automated home defenses, abandoned missle silos, trees, caves, and just about anywhere else normal people live. Just joking about the last four on that list... Our group ...


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There's probably no general explanation for the different reference styles. Both are just as easy to understand, but using the colon is the more common. Wikipedia says that the Chicago Manual of Style specifies a colon while MLA style specifies a period, but only a tiny fraction of Bible verse references would be from people strictly following either style. ...


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This calls for a rapid, pithy, meaningful, unambiguous (choose any four) response as the truck begins to recede into the distance :-)! I suggest a loud immediate "Hallelujah!" Arm raised in air / "fist pump" A smile helps. The following are somewhat related. They need to be 'meaningful' and not just ritual formula to be useful: To the more mundane ...


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I suspect a very influential factor is how Christianity was linked to Korean nationalism in opposition of the Japan occupation and the effort to eradicate Korean culture. I've read other analysis of this, but wikipedia puts it fairly succinctly as: "One of the most important factors leading to widespread acceptance of Christianity in Korea was the ...


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Since the question does not specify a denomination, I am assuming that any denomination is OK. I thus am basing my answers with one of the clearest doctrinal statements I could find. However, it is pretty representative of most arguments that argue against obligatory head coverings, coming from a variety of theologies. Here is a statement by the Reformed ...


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There are a couple main reasons, some of them I believe subconscious, for why Catholics are singled out. They believe themselves to be exclusively the Church that Christ established, and other Christian sects (with a few exceptions) as adhering to heresies which bar them from ecclesiastical unity with them. This is an example of the Catholic Church drawing ...


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Christianity isn't fixated on ancient Israelite culture, Christianity is fixated on the history of God's dealings with his people. You won't find in the Bible: Ancient Israelite sports Ancient Israelite childrens' games Ancient Israelite recipes Ancient Israelite fashion Ancient Israelite hair and makeup styling Ancient Israelite marriage rituals or ...


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"The problem" with consumerism, says a Christianity Today article, is "living to consume." Consumerism "defines our relationships and actions primarily through a matrix of consumption." In the encyclical, Pope Francis says that consumerism "prioritizes short-term gain and private interest." Similarly, this blog post by a Lutheran pastor states that ...


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While there may be some differences in how some particular Christian groups respond in such a situation, it's safe to say that the vast majority will not be offended by what you're doing. Bowing your head is certainly a sign of respect - primarily to God, but also to the community you are with. In most cases it would be neither here nor there if you close ...


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Is there an appropriate response to “Jesus Loves You”? One either returns with another such compliment or one increases the value return so to speak. One could respond as such: Jesus loves you too! Or something similar to the following. Jesus loves all (mankind)! Let us always recall the words of St. John the Apostle: 16For God so loved the ...


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While I haven't had this particular experience, I'm pretty sure that an average person who attends my church would be likely to respond with "Amen." My church isn't very ritualized, though, so a variety of responses would be possible, even likely. "Amen" would be common and I can't think of any other specific response that I could expect to hear--I think ...


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It's instructive here to look at the etymology of "christening". It is, obviously, derived from the word Christ. Here's what the Online Etymology Dictionary has to say about christen: christen (v.) c.1200, from Old English cristnian "to baptize," literally "to make Christian," from cristen "Christian". General meaning ...


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Jehovah’s Witness policy is generally followed in a consistent manner regardless of the land in which a worshiper lives. Especially when it comes to the application of foundational precepts such as disfellowshipping there would be no cultural allowance granted to set aside the consequences of that ruling. From the perspective of Jehovah’s Witnesses, God’s ...


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Is the Tamil name Savari derived from the name Xavier? It appears that the Tamil name Savari is not a Christian name and is unrelated to Xavier, after St. Francis Xavier. The given name Xavier is a masculine name derived from the 16th-century Spanish Navarrese Roman Catholic Saint Francis Xavier. St. Francis Xavier’s last name indicates where he is from: ...


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Internal evidence from the New Testament This is a Christian site, so a Christian defense for the historicity of Abraham can be based on what Jesus or the apostles say about Abraham. If Jesus / the apostles implied Abraham exists, then there's your internal evidence from the New Testament. Some examples: Jesus's genealogy in Matt 1:17. Christians believe ...


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With regard to evidence for events and places and customs described in Genesis, I found two articles that shed light on the journey of Abram and his family clan, Terah. Thousands of tablets have been found in the ruined palace at Mari confirming the places and peoples mentioned in the Genesis account. Below are brief extracts from the two articles, along ...


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The Laestadian Lutheran Church (LLC), the American branch of the Laestadians, defines sin by quoting Ro. 14:23 saying sin is "whatsoever is not of faith". One reason they think it's sinful is that there's a whole lot on TV and in popular music that meets that criterion. And since it is part of their mission to promote "Christian values and ethics", seeing ...


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Let me preface this by saying that I'm making the implicit assumption that the reader has some typical form of Christian belief (so I don't have to keep saying it). The Bible, as a piece of literature, was written for people in a specific time and culture. In that sense, it behooves those who try to understand the Bible to also understand the culture as ...


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In western culture, Red is the color of passion and it's disordered vice of lust is cooped up in the color. (see also, the Scarlet letter). I see the esteemed Revered V says the sin is pride. I don't disagree, I just think the real sin that is being covered here is lust and not pride. Karen has a disordered desire to dance and be seen when she should stand ...


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A little Googling turned up a list of 15 questions that fans asked the band. Within, there is this exchange: 4. MyGodIsEnough asks: What does the name "Casting Crowns" mean, and why did you decide to use it as the band name? Mark: The Scripture is Revelation 4 where it talks about the 24 elders around the throne, putting their crowns before Him. ...


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