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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.


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
9
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
6
reviewed Close Eat my flesh and drink my blood
Jan
6
reviewed Close Is there a sacramentalism in the “Bread of Life” discourse?
Jan
6
reviewed No Action Needed What does grow up as calves in the stall mean in Malachi 4:2b?
Jan
3
comment What is Babylon refering to in the New Testament?
Much of this question is its own answer. You should consider moving the section beginning with "Most scholars..." into an answer.
Dec
30
comment What is the best translation of πᾶς ἀνὴρ in 1 Cor 11:4?
I don't see how we can ignore the rest of the sentences when translating these words. The context forces a particular translation, I think.
Dec
30
awarded  Notable Question
Dec
26
revised What does it mean for Jesus to fulfill the law?
removed advertisement from last line of answer
Dec
26
comment Was only the woman to be scourged in Leviticus 19:20?
How does this answer the question?
Dec
19
comment How should we understand the “Cleansing of the Temple”?
Three of the four gospels place this event just days before Jesus was crucified, and they all hint that he went to Jerusalem believing he would soon die. So one factor in the temple cleansing may have been simply that he wanted to force an open confrontation with the authorities that would ultimately lead to his arrest. I'm not sure I can support this, so I'm leaving it as a comment rather than an answer.
Dec
19
comment How is genre determined?
In what sense is this an answer the question?
Dec
17
awarded  Informed
Dec
17
reviewed Leave Open How frequently is God attributed to saying “Don't be afraid”?