"You've apologized. I would make some other apologetic gesture (getting the drink tab, getting him a decent cigar if that's his thing, or something along those lines). But, at the point where you've apologized and done…"
"The revisions have been very controversial, but the translation was commissioned in the mid-fifties by the National Association of Evangelicals. It was translated with an unreasonably large translating team, and, judging from the text, a…"
"I don't know that I'm sold on the position of modern scholars on that particular verse, but the difference is because modern scholarship suggests that the portion missing from the NIV was a later addition/"corruption" to the…"
"Which version to use depends largely on your own preferences/purposes. It you're going into it without any particular basis to pick a version, though, I would recommend starting with the RSV. It's one of the versions…"
"I suppose that a lot of users of the NIV would rather whole-heartedly disagree with me on this, but I would recommend being careful with the NIV... Mostly when looking at the verses that relate to the end times.
The NIV was translated at the behest…"
"Officially, Rebekah is supposed to be right. The Douay Rheims is supposedly a translation of the Vulgate. If, however, you were to buy a copy of the Douay bible, you would almost certainly be getting the "Challoner…"
"You can choose what purpose you want to pursue in life, but there's going to be one... in my experience, those who think that they serve only themselves are the most enslaved to whatever they've set themselves to.
Christ's yoke is…"
"We have ourselves to blame for the way things are. When God created man, He put us in charge of the world and gave us a happy life in the Garden of Eden. From there, we messed it up. God is fixing it, giving us a way out of our…"
"I think that relationships benefit greatly from ritual. Every family, married couple, and even tightly knit organization, relies on ritual. I see no reason for our relationship with God to be different."
"The difference is that a girl who refuses to date me can presumably have a perfectly good life without me. In God's total absence, we can't. God isn't threatening to lock us in a dungeon... He's warning us that life…"
"Well, it goes along with the perspective I gave that I don't believe in hard predestination. For that matter, I don't even see that as a particularly interesting issue. We clearly have free will, and the idea that everything is…"
"There are a few issues at play in the question here, but I'll try to address what I think is the most fundamental part... I'll add that I'm not sure that all Christians would accept all of this.
People get caught up on the idea of…"
"If the congregation doesn't think that pastors have their own problems, then that's an issue with the congregation, not the pastor.
From what I gather, much loneliness for pastors comes from the problems created by being both close friend…"
"I would imagine a big problem would be that your foibles will be front-page news on the gossip circuit. But: do people really expect perfection?
Maybe some sort of confidential group? In such a case, with everyone's foibles on…"