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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.


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reviewed Satisfactory Does the New Testament use the divine name “Yahweh”?
Jan
9
reviewed Satisfactory What is the meaning of τῆς παραγγελίας in 1 Tim. 1:5?
Jan
9
reviewed Excellent Is Hank Hanegraaff's “exegetical eschatology” hermeneutic original?
Jan
9
reviewed Satisfactory John 12:32 - What/Who Does the “All” refer to?
Jan
9
comment What is the context in Mark and Luke as regards the buying and preparing of the spices?
@swasheck Could you expand that into an answer? I don't see how it fits the context. (24:1, "But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.") To my ears, it sounds like they had prepared the spices before their rest.
Jan
9
reviewed Satisfactory When does the first day of Genesis 1 begin?
Jan
9
reviewed Excellent What would be a good translation of 'poiēma'?
Jan
9
reviewed Excellent Was or wasn’t Shem’s son Arphaxad born on the ark?
Jan
9
comment What is Babylon refering to in the New Testament?
This could be a good answer if you left out the replacement theology and focused on the metonymy.
Jan
9
comment Was the ending of Matthew 28 added later?
@JimThio The Dead Sea Scrolls are written mostly on parchment. A few fragments of papyrus have also been found among the scrolls.
Jan
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comment Was the ending of Matthew 28 added later?
@JimThio Regarding how we know when the gospels were written, there was an explosion of Christian writings shortly after the time of the New Testament. Many of these writings quote from the gospels (especially Matthew). Many of them also quote each other. By looking at who quotes what, we can get an idea of the approximate latest date each one could have been written. For Matthew, it's the late part of the first century.
Jan
9
comment Was the ending of Matthew 28 added later?
@JimThio Before Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity in the 4th century, Christians did not have the resources to make durable copies of their sacred writings. Early manuscripts were written on papyrus, a thin paper-like substance that is not made to last 2000 years. After Constantine's conversion, the church was able to afford parchment (calfskin) which is much more durable.
Jan
9
answered Was the ending of Matthew 28 added later?
Jan
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awarded  Revival
Jan
9
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
9
comment What signs does Q show of stages of composition?
Note: Personally I'm partial to the Farrer Hypothesis, and not a believer in Q. But I think this is a fair summary of current Q scholarship.
Jan
9
answered What signs does Q show of stages of composition?
Jan
9
comment What is the context in Mark and Luke as regards the buying and preparing of the spices?
So are you saying you favor Mark's chronology over Luke's?
Jan
6
reviewed Leave Closed How could the repentance of the early Ninevites in response to Jonah's message have led to “the destruction of the Jews?”
Jan
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reviewed Close Eat my flesh and drink my blood