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Grew up Mennonite; now Reformed Baptist. Figure that one out.

Having recently upgraded to an Android tablet, I mostly use YouVersion's Bible app. Before that, I primarily used e-Sword and NET Bible on a Fujitsu tablet PC. I've actually been fully electronic since 2002 or 2003, when I got a Pocket PC device. As I told a friend at the time, "I just got an eight-translation parallel Bible with Greek and Hebrew lexicons, and it only weighs 5 ounces!"


Jul
3
comment How can this contradiction in Acts be explained?
Probably worth noting that this was on the road to Damascus, not Emmaus - that was a different occasion, to different persons.
Oct
12
comment In 1 Peter 1:4, why did the translators of the KJV translate εἰς ἡμᾶς as “for you”?
Welcome to the site, Lawrence! In English, there can be some ambiguity with "us" - the listener may or may not be included, so using "you" here resolves this by verifying that they are, in fact, part of "us".
Nov
14
comment What is the argument against the authenticity of 1 John 5:7-8 in the KJV?
Yes, I was playing on Noah's remark on the KJV-Only people. Which is why I followed it with a wink.
Nov
9
comment What is the argument against the authenticity of 1 John 5:7-8 in the KJV?
If the KJV was good enough for Jesus and Paul... ;) Also, @Jon, I assume you meant BH.SE?
Aug
16
comment Bart D. Ehrman - respected critic?
This is exactly the argument in an ongoing discussion with a friend - regardless of whether one's conclusion is "right" or not, if you arrive there via flawed methods then at the least you can't expect others to arrive at the same conclusion, and even more, you may want to re-evaluate your own conclusions.
Jul
26
comment Does Paul see baptism as symbolic or as instrumental?
In other words, there is no such thing as a believer who is not indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and this act of God can be seen as a baptism.
Jul
26
comment Does Paul see baptism as symbolic or as instrumental?
To follow on from @Jas3.1 if Paul is talking about "spiritual baptism", commonly taken to mean the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within a new believer, then the symbolism makes just as much sense but without the baggage of making an act (water baptism) regenerative.
Apr
17
comment What does “Under the Sun” mean in Ecclesiastes?
I realize that Douglas Adams probably isn't the best resource on a Biblical hermeneutics site, but in Life, the Universe and Everything he refers to a prosaic structure, "above the grass", used by a race that populates a planet completely cut off from the rest of the universe by a thick dust cloud and therefore unaware that anything relevant exists above the treetops.
Jan
14
comment What is the head covering referring to in 1 Corinthians 11:4-6?
@LanceRoberts The length of hair is not the point of the passage - Paul uses it only to shed light on the real point. Whether it is hair length or an external symbol, the underlying point is a matter of the heart.
Jan
5
comment Why is Moses' reference to God's promise in Exodus 32 effective?
Not from God's perspective, certainly, but Moses is the speaker and seems to suggest that from a human perspective.
Jan
5
comment Reconciling the accounts of the calling of Simon Peter
Given that the fundamental circumstances are clearly different, and the John passage explicitly claims to be a first meeting between Jesus and the two men, that seems to be the clearest way to read this.
Dec
20
comment Why did John take Mary, who was married, into his home?
While the scriptural foundation is rather circumstantial, we have no record of Joseph beyond Jesus' childhood. Cana? (John 2:1-11) Mary was there, Joseph was not (or was not mentioned.) Nazareth, when Mary and Jesus' brothers were outside? (Matthew 12:46-50; Mark 3:20-32) Joseph isn't mentioned. He never appears in context of Jesus' ministry, arrest, trial, or crucifixion.
Dec
15
comment Translation of “ἐλπίς”
Is the issue with Greek, or English? :)
Dec
9
comment Is hermeneutics primarily descriptive or prescriptive?
Hermeneutics is the study of the text. It's science. You're continuing to focus on exegesis. Exegesis is more akin to the exercise of law.
Dec
7
comment Is hermeneutics primarily descriptive or prescriptive?
"scientific observation is supplanted by free-for-all invention" - only if the "exegete" ignores all of that which they just studied. Furthermore, as has been discussed here and on meta multiple times, hermeneutics and exegesis are not, strictly speaking, the same thing. So to make a conclusion about hermeneutics based upon how some practice exegesis is a flawed conclusion.
Nov
30
comment What does Hebrews 6:4-6 mean?
Your question assumes Pauline authorship, which is strongly disputed among most scholars.
Nov
18
comment Does sensus plenior exist in the New Testament?
It was not my intent to downplay his effort, and in fact I really appreciate the detail he put into it.
Nov
18
comment Does sensus plenior exist in the New Testament?
Seems like a lot of effort to get to "it is likely that Luke saw it too."
Nov
18
comment Was it typical to cast lots like in Acts 1:26?
No other examples by Christians, you mean?
Nov
17
comment What is the meaning of “calculate” in Revelation 13:18?
Interesting - TIL that Irenaeus received teaching from Polycarp, a disciple of John. This would definitely seem to give his insight additional weight into what John's intent might have been.