"I do disagree that sending someone to hell is not loving. While my view of hell is not commonly held, it is one that I find comforting and consistent with the other things I believe about God.
I think hell is not a place; rather, it is…"
"If you're looking for easy answers, the Bible is the wrong library to be checking. And even if that is what Paul meant in that particular letter doesn't mean that's all God wants us to get from reading it. Inspired word of…"
"Well, the Christian church hasn't existed since the beginning of time, so there has not been a "church definition" for that long. Also, the whole issue at stake is the STATE definition of marriage, not the church definition, so…"
"Where's your evidence for this definition? We'll set aside the argument that English is a young language and therefore "marriage" has not had a definition for long, anyway. Are you talking about the secular or church…"
"Adam and Eve cohabitated; they weren't married. Marriage is a state-sanctioned ritual, and there's no description of any sort of ritual to unite them in the stories about them. Granted, during most of history and in most places…"
"The Bible is a library, not a book. Different authors, different contexts. A letter written to a particular community may shed light on a different context, but it is not intended to address the concerns of those to whom it was not…"
"I don't know about anyone else, but marriage wasn't covered in my sex education classes. We talked about the physical operation of sexuality and how to protect ourselves from emotional and physical harm, including STIs. It was…"
"I'm at Hillsong Church in Australia, which is awesome. I love the worship down here, and I'm hoping to work within youth ministry next year after I'm out of school. Um, we have a lot of ministries which is awesome, such as A21…"
"I have to encourage the instinct you express here to use logic. "Women teaching in a church doesn't seem like a bad thing, though." God gave you that logic, why not use it?
Also, male and female were created…"
"I plan to read the rest of this thread, but I need to offer my initial thoughts before I respond to others. Also, SO many great women, particularly the anomalous ones listed in Jesus's male-line genealogy.
My wife is an ordained…"
I'm interested in knowing about the churches you attend. What was it that made you feel you had found a worshiping home? What ministries are going on at your congregation, and what makes them exciting (for you or people you know)? Who in your wider communities are you serving and how? How do you carry the presence of Christ out of church and into your lives? For me, I currently worship at the church where my wife is pastor. I am currently discerning my next call and hope to be invited to…See More
"Tell me, where in the Bible is the word "marriage" defined as the union of one man and one woman? Let's just start by talking about the patriarchs: both Abraham and Sarah slept with people to whom they were not married, and…"
"In reference to your statement about vows, I wonder what is your opinion of taking a clerical vow of celibacy. Is that not a godly vow? Also, if you follow the letter of that (English translation of a sixty-year-delayed Greek-language…"
Grammar (and language in general), Religion, Roleplaying, & Stewardship (i.e., resource-conscious / clean / green)
Having just finished (July 2011) watching all the back episodes of the Vlogbrothers / Brotherhood 2.0, I can finally jump in and feel up to speed on all the Nerdfightastic fun! My wife just got the DFTBA license plate for Maryland, so it's a family affair. Even our two year old daughter is in on the fun, begging "Again!" when one vlog ends and she's ready for more.
Favorite Books, Movies, Music, and more
Lord of the Rings, Ender's Game, the Bible, My Side of the Mountain, roleplaying rule books, Evanescence, Hank Green, Vivaldi, Spaceballs, Serenity, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, Star Wars
What's your favorite thing to put on your head?
If you could do your happy dance with anyone who would it be with?
My wife, Jesus, Charles Darwin, Gene Robinson, Gandhi, Desmond Tutu, Jim Wallis, Hank & John Green, Mark Hanson