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  1. WHY DOES THE NIV BASTARDIZE THE LORDS PRAYER?

    Thank you for putting all that together and explaining it clearly, Omegaman. It's appreciated.
  2. Strife = Stress

    I'm very hesitant to post some messages and bible study documents I developed for our home church for the same reason. Opinions about how to interpret scripture and which view is correct frequently seems to change from comparing viewpoints to personal attacks. I'd love to get other viewpoints to better develop and / or correct things I missed. However, which any viewpoint or correction is presented as 'You're wrong. I'm right. This is God's word.' it's not helpful.
  3. Do You Have Church Friends?

    When we had a home church, we had a fellowship and would help each other out with home projects, have potlucks, and all sorts of things. At formal churches, there seem to be 'church events' and not much else.
  4. Strife = Stress

    That's sad and it reflects badly on this group.
  5. NO you DON'T understand!

    Being with someone and NOT saying anything can be very powerful.
  6. NO you DON'T understand!

    Replying "I understand" when you have no personal, specific experience is frequently both arrogant and insulting.
  7. Worst Christian Advice

    "You're a sinner. Look at all these sins you're guilty of committing. Join my church and you can be saved!"
  8. Favorite Quotes

    Current favorites: Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free. - Richard Cotten Liberalism is a philosophy of consolation for the West as it commits suicide. - Burnham Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana
  9. Welcome, Lars. Glad to have you here. Learning more about Jesus and what we're to do with our life is a great experience. I know I had a lot of questions across the past years, but the good thing is that the answers are there.
  10. Hurricane Harvey man made?

    This thread is frightening.
  11. Calling the original study as "unsubstantiated false data" and quoting another commentary seems a bit strong here. The original article explained how they performed their study fairly clearly. It's up to the reader to decide if it was valid or not. The tripod sourced commentary you quoted disagrees with comments and opinions. Again, it's up to the reader and their ability to understand studies, sample sizes, and statistics to make up their mind either way.
  12. Dating site

    Going from the advice in a thread about online dating in similar situations, the general recommendation is to first try to meet people through church, volunteer groups, and other social events in your area. There are some people that have had good luck using dating sites like eharmony that try to match people before they meet. Many that try dating sites, however, say it either is a lot of work or one still must weed through many 'bad dates' anyway.
  13. MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR EMAIL

    Thanks for posting this, Kiwi. Some of the professors articles from the last month are good food for thought as well. "We engineers like to solve technical problems. That’s the way we think, that’s why we chose our major, that’s why we got into and stayed in engineering. There are several other reasons why we got into engineering. One of them was the absence of what I describe here as “social engineering,” where the professor/instructor is interested not so much in solving technical problems as in setting the world right—in his or her opinion. A second and related reason is that engineering (and the sciences generally) should be, like the scales of justice, blind. Engineering does not care about your color, sexual orientation, or your other personal and private attributes. All it takes to succeed is to do the work well. ... One of the features of their growing power is the phenomenon of “engineering education” programs and schools. They have sought out the soft underbelly of engineering, where phrases such as “diversity” and “different perspectives” and “racial gaps” and “unfairness” and “unequal outcomes” make up the daily vocabulary. Instead of calculating engine horsepower or microchip power/size ratios or aerodynamic lift and drag, the engineering educationists focus on group representation, hurt feelings, and “microaggressions” in the profession." https://www.jamesgmartin.center/2017/08/engineering-education-social-engineering-rather-actual-engineering/
  14. I think these are key points. Many churches have shifted to act more like a business trying to increase membership. When the body of believers doesn't have good ways to keep growing as a Christian and all the associated ethics, morals, and life styles, that body loses focus and church frequently becomes no more than a weekly social event.
  15. Wood Working - Made anything from wood?

    That table looks nice. I'd like to build some nice wood furniture some day. Last spring, I organized our garage to have an area for woodworking with french cleats on the walls and various custom hangers for tools. Next step will be to build a decent dust collection system so cutting wood doesn't coat everything in sawdust.
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