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Alimantado

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  1. Homestead

    Yes, by you! ;-P
  2. Homestead

    You do make me smile when you reply to posts 5-6 months later, Invicta. :) Anyway, thanks for clarifying.
  3. Activity on Online Baptist

    I still check in very occasionally. Good to see you again, PastorJ. Was it late 2000s when you were here last? If I recall correctly, back then OB had well over 50 active, daily contributors making something like 100 new posts per day (John81 alone was adding about 10 of those). I remember the 'Current News' and 'Lounge' sections were so busy that new posts would drop off the bottom within a day or so and I used to browse by section and thread because it wasn't realistic to view by recent activity--just too much. On a given thread I'd sometimes have to go back a couple of pages to pick up where I'd left off. Now the activity level is a dozen or so regular folk and half-a-dozen posts per day, maybe up to 50 per week. It must, at least, partly be down to general trends in web usage, for mailing lists, forums and chatrooms have declined and disappeared all over. Of course, on OB as it once was, the theological/doctrinal discussions were just a subset of all the activity and the spectrum of members was broader, maybe a bit more like church, with all that brings. I expect some would say that God has blessed this forum by ending its heady days and keeping the wheat, but I do rather miss those busier times. I hope this forum is still a blessing to many, since there are always more reading than writing. And thanks to Matt for keeping it running.
  4. A simple request

    There are plenty of rules like that here in UK. For example, if you want to drive a car it has to meet structural requirements and be tested annually by authorised garages--you can't just cobble together anything and take it on the roads. If you build a house there are materials you're not allowed to use, like asbestos. If a hospital wants to offer surgery its surgeons have to be qualified--they can't just hire someone who likes scalpels and blood. Want to keep a brown bear at home as a pet? Nope. There are rules in UK which I think are over-regulation but I think the gas one is reasonable because of the higher risk of injuring/killing neighbours (compared to electrical and plumbing, for which there aren't equivalent restrictions). Every year there are reports of houses blown up in gas explosions, though from what I recall the last few haven't taken anybody out.
  5. A Church Closes Then Sold Who Gets The Money?

    Necropost of the year I think! And bonus points for replying to yourself. ;)
  6. Refuting Verses of TULIP belief

    Oh yes it does! And here's one for when you come back with another 'no it doesn't': oh yes it does!
  7. Requirements for Pastors

    At least pastors are allowed unruly pets.
  8. Question about looking for a local church...

    Ok, so in other words the Bible gives us the model of how churches ought to be planted by other legitimate NT churches, but if it ends up because of history or necessity that a church hasn't quite followed that model then it doesn't necessarily make it illegitimate and therefore the seeker should concern themselves with what said church is doing now. Is that fair? Or should concern themselves 'first and foremost' might be more accurate a summary... (just added)
  9. Question about looking for a local church...

    The point of the 'argument' is what's an individual seeking a church to do? Not pointless--it's a direct question about a practical matter. The profit of answering that question might be that it helps those seeking churches with what they should be looking for and what they should be doing. The question of what a potential church ought to do when being founded is a separate but related question--in fact it's what your other thread is for, isn't it Dave?
  10. Starting a church

    That is why I asked the question I did earlier. If a church can only be a church when started by another NT church then that suggests--although one might disagree--that you could have a church that's totally sound in belief, teachings and practice but still be illegitimate. So if a person seeking a new church can't tell the difference between a legitimate NT church and an illegitimate one by what a church is doing then does it become necessary when seeking a church to research their origins? And it that's so then how far back? DaveW has said he doesn't want that question answered on this thread in case it distracts so here's a new thread for that question.
  11. Baptism and church membership?

    So Victory Heights Baptist would have a person join as a member before they were baptised in water? So let's imagine a new believer--that believer would join Victory Baptist and then the pastor might speak to them about water baptism further down the line. That sort of thing? I haven't encountered that before.
  12. Baptism and church membership?

    Right, but the teaching you quoted was discussing an "organised assembly". So if a local Baptist church required prospective members to be baptised before becoming members, that would be unBiblical in your opinion. And in your own church (I think elsewhere you said you are a pastor of one--sorry if I'm wrong), you allow people to become members before they are baptised. Are both those statements of mine fair?
  13. Baptism and church membership?

    The context of this bit of the discussion is this statement by you, SFIC: The teaching you disagree with speaks of an "organised assembly". So would you agree with the teaching if it said this instead: "A church is an organized assembly of scripturally baptized believers and non-baptised believers, called out to do the Lord's work according to the New Testament."
  14. This is a fork of the discussion thread here. The question and context are above--happy to hear any thoughts from folk. Ta, Carl
  15. The 51st State of the US is~~

    And anyway the UK, probably minus Scotland and Northern Ireland, will be the 51st state.
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