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  1. I had a Hawaiian pizza in Northumbria that came with mushrooms. Is that normal? Over here they're only ham & pineapple.
  2. North American churches would be unlikely to have relics, unless they're actually Catholic. But after visiting Anglican churches in England, I see exactly what you mean! There is a level of ceremony and false religion that is unmatched by anything I've seen in Canada outside Catholic buildings. I was particularly surprised by the ubiquitous shrine/chapel to Mary - never realized how tied they were to that old goddess worship!
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    New car!

    I couldn’t resist it!!!
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    New car!

    We’re all expat Brits. Only we’re smarter than them, so we drive on the right side of the road. The Aussies always were folks who went a little wrong...
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    New car!

    Right, but who's on first?
  6. Okay, I'm letting this through moderation so it can be Warned about. As per the rules, No swearing or derogatory terms are permitted. Calling someone 'of the devil' (especially a presumed fellow believer) is not permitted. And as per standard practice, when a thread degrades to this extent, it gets closed. And hey, you might want to be nicer to me. Apparently I'm the only mod letting your posts through right now.
  7. Wow. You think waaaaayyyyy too highly of yourself, IMO. You are only a man. Really? Dave asked first. Seriously, EvangAlived, we have no issue with non-IFBs who want to interact congenially and honestly (just ask Alimantado). But coming here just to preach at us is neither polite nor appreciated (and we've had a lot of it, so if we seem quick to react, it's from experience!). The issues you are experiencing are not because this board is rejecting 'truth' (as you define it), or because we're a bunch of old fuddy-duddies, but because you are refusing to follow board rules (i.e. no flooding the board) and common courtesy in your interactions here. If you end up getting yourself banned, it will be a result of your own actions and choices (so don't leave and glory in your 'persecution'!) Such behavior is neither likely to get true results for eternity nor honor Christ.
  8. Um, that's actually kind of rude, EvangAlived. Someone asks you a question, you agree to answer, and then refuse to actually answer? Be honest and stop playing games.
  9. The dates don’t work for a 7000 year earth... I think we’re likely past the 6000 point already. Also, the Parable of the sower and the seed has no correlation to the creation week, nor to an eschatological dating system. I believe that to try to force a connection there is to wrest the Scriptures. It’s a little difficult to discuss sermon length entries; Would you mind shortening things down a bit to a couple of paragraphs that can be discussed easily? This is after all a discussion forum.
  10. Evangalived, when a mod or admin remind you of the rules, it is better to accept the correction than to talk back. The rebellious attitude you are projecting could cause one to doubt that you are truly here for fellowship, rather than to press your own agenda.
  11. The topic is not limited, merely the forum. If you would like to participate on this forum, you must be willing to submit to its rules. Do you always try to reorganize the furniture when you visit someone’s house?
  12. Ok. I thought the data was interesting. I trust their research if not their desired application.
  13. That’s a very broad brush. You really can’t say something like that with any authority. Only God knows the intents of all hearts.
  14. Yes, it should have its own thread. I've made a 'Reprobates & Salvation' thread under Biblical Issues and moved the two previous comments there for further discussion on this issue. In response to the earlier list of terms synonymous with homosexual, I'm going to object to one of them - not by means of defending the practice, but in the interests of honesty. A large number of pedophiles may be homosexual, but not every homosexual is a pedophile. Let's not create a false straw man for people to react to rather than dealing with the true issue.
  15. Hmm... maybe it's with your permissions. It's working on my computer. The research centre is Calvinist, but I have no issue with their collection of information or the overview. It's pretty straight forward and doesn't appear to be impacted by that specific doctrine.
  16. I found this an interesting (and telling!) study on the state of Biblical knowledge in America today. The contradictions in what evangelicals believe is rather alarming. https://thestateoftheology.com/
  17. Note to self: If you go to sleep earlier, you wake up happier.
  18. We have the King James Bible section... seems to me that discussions about the Bible, including problems caused by alternate versions, would fit well under that section.
  19. Thank you for your response! I don't think I agree with that after death logic - it's inconsistent. If he's the husband of one wife even when his wife is dead, then when he remarries he must now be the husband of two wives. Or he's the husband of one wife until death negates this, thus making a remarriage a reinstatement to husband of one wife. You can logically have one or the other, but not both. My question about children still stands. If a man is eligible having had two children, even if one has died - how is that functionally different from a man who only ever had one? God's qualifications may be unique, but I've never noticed them to be arbitrary.
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    Hmm... does the Australian copyright apply in other geopolitical arenas?
  21. The pastors want our church library to go electronic – but no one actually wants to sit down and check books out regularly, so it doesn’t really work. We have the old-fashioned library cards and envelopes in each book (and a secure return box, so the books can’t disappear before being rematched with their cards.) We ordered ours from a library supplier. And they are all Dewey Decimalized, because how else would I organize it? Practically, though, simply grouping them by subject and labelling the shelves would probably have been simpler and more user-friendly. I just personally hate labeling shelves - it’s so much extra work when you want to reorganize!
  22. May I ask you a question about that? I've always felt that this was a 'if they are married/have kids, this is how they ought to be' rather than a requirement, and one reason is that is seemed rather unreasonable to have this requirement. What if the wife dies, or one of the children dies, leaving only one child? For most of history, infant and maternal mortality rates were quite high compared to nowadays. It seems rather arbitrary that a formerly-qualified man should suddenly become unqualified and have to leave the pastorate because of a death in the family. How do you reconcile that with this position? (Sincere question, I'd really like to understand your POV here.)
  23. No, that's a very fair assessment. Honestly, speaking as a person who does tend to judge outward appearances (although I know I shouldn't), I wish I had your disregard for them! My observance is that the churches, like people, tend to swing to one of two opposite extremes - either the liberal or the legalistic. Either clothes don't matter at all, or they matter too much. There are several guidelines I think we can defend Biblically. You made mention of a couple of them in your testimony above. 1. Modest Apparel (1 Tim. 2:9) This includes A. Covering the body appropriately. This principle was set in place by God Himself in clothing Adam & Eve after the fall. There isn't as much clear definition in Scripture as I'd like to have defining modesty, for sure. I like Isaiah 47:2-3 for a (somewhat lopsided) definition. B. Not dressing out of pride or ostentation (gold & pearls & costly array) 2. Not dressing like the opposite gender (Deut. 2:5) Much as I would love this verse to apply to all forms of pants - I really don't think pants are modest at all, unless you're skiing or trapeze walking - I honestly don't believe we can apply it so in this generation. Three generations ago, sure. 3. Not causing our brother to stumble (Rom. 14:13, 21) I think this, here, ought to cause us ladies to watch our clothing. Men are absolutely responsible for their own thoughts, and this must not be corrupted to blame women for men's sins, but if we really care for our brothers, wouldn't we want to give them a break from everything this world throws at them? There's one more guideline that I live by, but I'm not sure if it's quite so much a Biblical guideline so much as a cultural one. And that is that in this culture, we wear out best when going to important places or to meet important people. Different people, depending on their background, or current circumstances, may have widely varied levels of 'best', but the point is that they are being respectful and honoring God by dressing up. (this is constrained by the Biblical principles, of course - I have a fancy dress for concerts that would be too ostentatious for church.) Edited to add: I do absolutely believe that churches and camps, like any other organization, have the right to set dress standards for their workers. If people don't wish to submit to the standards, they are free to not assist in that area. This isn't the same as simply attending.

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