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I've been a Christian since 1985, and a member of East Heights United Methodist Church in Wichita since 1994, though I no longer live in Wichita. My theology is Wesleyan/Arminian, but I don't think all Christians must share this view.

I believe that the Bible is inspired but not inerrant, that it was written to teach us about God and not the physical universe.

I believe faith is not an intellectual pursuit but a transformation of our entire being.


Mar
8
comment Does the “lost leaf” theory for Mark's abrupt ending fail if written on a scroll?
I can't say for certain, but my understanding is that papyrus was not likely to tear while it was new. Bookbinding techniques were less reliable, and a page could get missed while sewing them together.
Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
That's not correct. This passage doesn't appear in any manuscripts dated prior to the 5th century. The canon was set by the late 4th century.
Mar
8
accepted Why did the witnesses lay their coats at Paul's feet?
Mar
8
awarded  Civic Duty
Mar
4
asked Why did the witnesses lay their coats at Paul's feet?
Mar
2
comment Jesus's genealogy: 28 generations or 41 since David?
@Freed, we can't know definitively why the two lists are so different; the most commonly suggested ways to reconcile them are at the top of my answer.
Mar
1
comment Is Keller's view of the father in the Prodigal Son parable a reasonable interpretation?
Re: The story about ben Honi and the rain--is it this story?
Feb
28
comment Does the original Hebrew support the NLT of Genesis 6:3?
Does "his days will be one hundred and twenty years" mean limiting the human lifespan, or was God giving people 120 years until judgment? Or is it intentionally ambiguous?
Feb
26
answered Was Moses the probable author of Genesis?
Feb
18
comment How should the first line of Judges 5:2 be translated?
@Jon You can borrow any book through your regular public library if it participates in the Interlibrary Loan program (and most do). Your library will send a request to the nearest library that owns the book, and you'll usually receive a copy within a few days.
Feb
15
comment Is 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 an interpolation?
Also: 6. The verses were original to Paul's letter, but the copyist at Corinth accidentally omitted them, and then wrote them into the margin. The original was kept by the church, and only the copy with the words in the margin was circulated.
Feb
15
comment Is 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 an interpolation?
I can think of another possibility: 5. The verses were added, without Paul's knowledge, shortly after the letter was written. For example, maybe someone in the Corinth church added them to the margin of the original copy. Or maybe someone added them into the margin of the first copy made from the original letter, then the second copy was circulated while the church held onto the original.
Feb
15
comment Who was the Beloved Disciple?
I actually could vote this up if you would just mention Lazarus by name in your answer rather than making me download and read a 56-page .pdf to find out who you are talking about.
Feb
13
accepted Was John the Baptist confused or mistaken about the nature of Jesus' ministry?
Feb
13
answered Jesus's genealogy: 28 generations or 41 since David?
Feb
13
answered Who is an authority on what can be called a “Bible”?
Feb
10
comment Is there a modern English translation of the Bible that uses the second-person plural pronoun?
This sounds kinda like the Cotton Patch Gospel.
Feb
9
revised Was the Beloved Disciple the author of the Fourth Gospel?
finished my thought in the first sentence under "third person"
Feb
9
comment Who was the Beloved Disciple?
It should be pointed out, though, that the first ones to attribute this gospel to John were people who knew him personally, and that the church community that put the New Testament together included this gospel only because it carried John's name and authority.
Feb
9
revised Was the Beloved Disciple the author of the Fourth Gospel?
added third person section