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    Except that's totally not what I was saying. If...

    Except that's totally not what I was saying. If you read the sentence you bolded in the context of the previous one I'm talking about replacing members who leave because of sickness or death (or...
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    A key difference is that if you attract people...

    A key difference is that if you attract people who stay at the church then the church lasts longer with a new group of members in their 50s than with a new group of members in their 90s, simply...
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    Even by them? Because the press pushing the whole...

    Even by them? Because the press pushing the whole climate disaster agenda would never overstate something that supports their pet cause, right?
  4. Here's an easier way to put it. Let's say I'm...

    Here's an easier way to put it. Let's say I'm walking in the desert and see you, lost in the desert, dying of thirst and incapable of doing anything to improve your lot. Luckily I have a load of...
  5. I don't think that's the case at all. You...

    I don't think that's the case at all.

    You mentioned previously that you have a PhD in physics. That obviously represents an achievement on your part, the result of years of study, of work, of...
  6. Why is this a problem? If we are given something...

    Why is this a problem? If we are given something through grace all we need to do is accept that we need it.

    The problem with the alternative is that most of the Bible is a waste of paper, most of...
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    Old isn't bad, but at least some churches that...

    Old isn't bad, but at least some churches that are predominantly old are slowly dying as the members die. Unless the people who die or stop attending due to sickness or infirmity are replaced the...
  8. Honestly, I don't think this is a helpful way of...

    Honestly, I don't think this is a helpful way of putting things. If you believe that everything is predestined then most of the Bible is little more than a waste of paper. Seriously, what's the point...
  9. Except Jesus didn't say that at all. He was very...

    Except Jesus didn't say that at all. He was very clear - when you did it not unto the least of these you did it not for me. It's about doing stuff (or not doing stuff in this case). People thought...
  10. The trouble is that "Behold, I stand at the door...

    The trouble is that "Behold, I stand at the door and knock" doesn't offer any support at all to the idea we do literally nothing. What Jesus said about "when you did it not unto the least of these"...
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    They label you conservative or liberal but it...

    They label you conservative or liberal but it doesn't seem to make any difference to the ads you see. Every once in a while I delete my Faceache details so they can start over, and I often click on...
  12. While I agree it's important not to lose sight of...

    While I agree it's important not to lose sight of Jesus doing the business of saving and us doing little more than tagging along for the ride I think it's also dangerous to assume we do literally...
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    Feels like a bit of a zany day even though I'm...

    Feels like a bit of a zany day even though I'm not sure we actually got a lot done. Mostly filling forms, running errands and clearing snow and ice from my wife's car, only to decide it was best if...
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    My church is very much a "gray church" - many of...

    My church is very much a "gray church" - many of the members are older. We really need to attract more young families to ensure the ongoing survival of the church, but not at the cost of getting rid...
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    USA So true, we can't do anything on the basis of...

    So true, we can't do anything on the basis of race but you can barely take a leak without filling in a form to say whether you're one of a million varieties of black, countless varieties of Hispanic...
  16. It seems like a classic confusion of works and...

    It seems like a classic confusion of works and faith. How we treat people is of huge importance - Jesus himself talked of what we did "unto the least of these", but Paul also wrote that we can't earn...
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    We had a few inches of snow, then freezing rain,...

    We had a few inches of snow, then freezing rain, then ice. The driveway is pretty slick but passable, just need to keep speed down. The main road is more or less clear. The side road to church was a...
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    Sometimes they demote Jesus by implication, by...

    Sometimes they demote Jesus by implication, by promoting us to be more or less equivalent to Jesus.

    For example, a well known "teacher" (I use the word loosely because I consider him a wolf)...
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    Many of the appealing variations of the gospel...

    Many of the appealing variations of the gospel seem to be more about giving us what we want rather than us giving God what he wants.

    Whether it be a permissive approach that doesn't worry too much...
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    Tinkering with some code. I've got my next...

    Tinkering with some code. I've got my next project quite close to being ready for beta release. I'm hoping this one will generate some cash if users of the previous version decide to upgrade. That...
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    Depending on how this plays out you may feel that...

    Depending on how this plays out you may feel that you are being exceptionally pedantic where regulations are concerned but sometimes it's the fine detail that can swing something. If nothing else...
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    It is interesting that many of the people who...

    It is interesting that many of the people who support false prophets and false teachers like to fall back on the words of Jesus in John 17, when he prayed that we would be one. Some people seem to...
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    I can't comment on laws where you live, other...

    I can't comment on laws where you live, other than to say it would probably be worth your while taking some time to learn what the law says and how it applies to your situation. Many years ago I was...
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    The house is beautiful. They have two kids but...

    The house is beautiful. They have two kids but still manage to keep it looking like a show home. Lots of space but a few design aspects that I found curious - there are a few things I'd have done...
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    Just had a doze in my recliner. Tonight we're...

    Just had a doze in my recliner. Tonight we're going to a gathering at a friend's house. They only recently moved in - it's a new build and from what I hear it's beautiful. Looking forward to seeing...
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