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I'm a born-again Christian, active member of the body of Christ, husband and father, and Bible teacher. I love to study Scripture, and firmly believe it is the only credible standard for truth.

Aside from my devotion to God, His people, and His word, I don't really have any loyalty to a particular doctrine or creed.

(The guy in the picture is Zhuge Liang from the movie Red Cliff.)


Jul
24
answered What were the Corinthians doing when they “baptized on behalf of the dead”?
Jul
24
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Jul
24
reviewed Leave Open Has the referent in Isaiah 53 ever been interpreted as anything non-human?
Jul
24
reviewed Leave Open Angels of God in Luke 12:8
Jul
24
awarded  Custodian
Jul
24
reviewed Close Is John 3:18 the words of Jesus, or of John?
Jul
22
comment How to separate exegesis from eisegesis in this example?
@Mike It depends on what you mean by "understanding the text." If the author intended for the reader to understand from the text that it was a diamond, then either (A) "the most precious stone" must already mean "diamond" to the author and intended audience, or (B) he should have written "diamond," and his text was flawed. If the author intended for the reader to make a connection once they saw the diamond, and then have an "aha" moment, then both exegesis and experience (working together) would be necessary for this to happen in the reader.
Jul
22
comment How to separate exegesis from eisegesis in this example?
@Mike Following exegesis didn't lead Student 1 to the wrong answer, deviating from strict, careful exegesis led him to the wrong answer. Good exegesis may not answer all of your questions, but it will always lead you in the right direction.
Jul
22
answered How to separate exegesis from eisegesis in this example?
Jul
17
comment The time span of growing into Christ the Head in Ephesians 4:13-15
@brilliant I thought about it some more and I think the issue I'm having is that this particular text isn't about an individual growing into Christ the Head, so it's hard to answer about individual growth from the text. I think we could say (based on other passages) that an individual's growth won't be complete until the growth of the body of Christ is complete (and they get a new body, etc.) ...I don't know if that helps.
Jul
17
revised The time span of growing into Christ the Head in Ephesians 4:13-15
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Jul
13
comment Why does the Bible say that Abraham sacrificed his “only-begotten son”?
What do you do with Gen. 17:23 where it calls Ishmael "Abraham's son"?
Jul
12
answered Does 1 Thessalonians 4:17 borrow from Daniel 7?
Jul
12
comment What does it mean to convict the world concerning righteousness?
This was a tough one to answer without getting theological. Let me know if you want to discuss further, or if there's anything I could clarify here.
Jul
12
answered What does it mean to convict the world concerning righteousness?
Jul
10
comment Translation questions “right, may, might” as listed below
You can look at the Greek here. RE: John 1:12, He opened up a way which was not previously opened. RE: John 20:31, he wrote so that you would believe, and that believing you would have life. RE: 1 Peter 3:18, He suffered for the purpose of bringing us back. RE: the narrow road, the modern idea of "believing" is far different than the New Testament view of it. Check out my post here for more info on that.
Jul
10
revised Why does the Bible say that Abraham sacrificed his “only-begotten son”?
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Jul
8
revised Why does the Bible say that Abraham sacrificed his “only-begotten son”?
Addressing confusion
Jul
8
comment Sentence structure of Romans 12:6
Thanks Dan. This was a nice summary of the possibilities, and a good argument in favor of Option 1. (+1)
Jul
7
revised Why does the Bible say that Abraham sacrificed his “only-begotten son”?
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