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Father of four. Husband to one. I'm a teacher, writer and aspiring pastor who works by day as a humble corrections deputy.

I'm a graduate of Biola University and a former professor at Canby Bible College. I blog at logosmadeflesh.com. If you want to know more here are 25 random things about me.


Dec
6
comment Why does Luke associate the birth of Christ with the census conducted by Quirinus?
That still points to a potential discrepancy in Luke's account. Instead of a 9 year difference you've closed the gap to 5 or 6 years. Still a problem.
Jul
14
comment Did Mark intend to end his gospel at 16:8?
I disagree. This is not simply a textual issue but a hermeneutical one as well. If Mark ended at 16:8, as the textual evidence indicates, then the whole of Mark's gospel makes sense in light of this ending. Narratives are not simply a series of disjointed events but deliberately structured wholes.
Jul
14
comment What did Jesus mean by “be perfect” in the Sermon on the Mount?
I absolutely agree. Well said.
Jun
13
comment Does John 21:20-24 indicate that the original author of the Fourth Gospel was dead?
I would agree. But Church and tradition have said little about whether or not John 21 is a later appendage to the forth gospel by the hand of this disciple or one of his close followers after his death. While we should give deference to Group A, I don't think we should disparage Group B. I think they have given us good tools upon which most of us can agree.
Jun
13
comment Does John 21:20-24 indicate that the original author of the Fourth Gospel was dead?
@Soldarnal let me know if that's a little more clear.
Jun
11
comment How many days elapsed between Jesus's baptism and his return to Galilee?
I thought you might say that. (referring to John's absence of a baptism account.) :).
Jun
11
comment Does John 21:20-24 indicate that the original author of the Fourth Gospel was dead?
Think "sitz em laban" :) What in the life setting of the author and has audience would contibute to mentioning this misunderstanding and then correcting it.
Jun
11
comment Was 1 John an unfinished letter?
1 John has no real introduction or conclusion which suggests that it was generic encyclical. It's likely 2 and perhaps 3 John were the type of cover letters that would have been attached to it.
Jun
11
comment What significance does John perceive in the piercing of Christ's side and the flow of blood and water?
+1 Nice catch on the Chiasm!
Jun
11
comment For Whom has the Right and Left hand of Jesus been prepared?
+1 Right on Jack! I think you should quote Mark 15:27 "They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left." I think Mark is indeed making allusion to the place of honor reserved for those who die with Jesus. But while James and John will die they won't die with Jesus. It has been literally prepared for the two thieves on the cross.
Jun
11
comment Interpretations of Elihu in Job
+1. Very good answer.
Jun
10
comment What is “sin that leads to death” in 1 John 5:16?
I don't agree with all of this. But I too was thinking about the interesting connection between the call to prayer at the end of James and this one at the end of 1 John. It seems to me that James and 1 John have a great deal in common. Among them is the emphasis on practical love.
Jun
10
comment What is “sin that leads to death” in 1 John 5:16?
@Richard Thanks for the up vote! I think 1 John 3:14 is key. "Anyone who does not love remains in death." I think it's identical with "there is a sin that leads to death." This is typical of John; to say the same thing in slightly different ways (note 1 John 5:6). I think 5:21 can and should be tied back into the rest of the letter. John has just finished emphasizing the tangible, physical nature of God in Jesus. He knows that could easily misconstrued as a justification for idol worship. Thus his command in 1 John 5:21.
Jun
10
comment What is “sin that leads to death” in 1 John 5:16?
Thanks @Jas3.1! And thanks for the edit.
Jun
9
comment Can John's Passion chronology be reconciled with that of the Synoptics?
+1. This a great attempt. I'm don't think it really puts the issues away though. I agree it's possible but I think the evidence still points in the opposite direction.
Jun
9
comment Can John's Passion chronology be reconciled with that of the Synoptics?
+1. Great succient summation of the major chronological issues. Thanks.
Jun
7
comment What is the meaning of “water and blood” in 1 John 5:6?
+1. Nicely done @Joseph!
Jun
6
comment How and why did Jesus weep?
@DanO'Day I'm sorry. I meant Noah Snyder. I also think there is a contradiction and harmonization merely obscures the point that John is trying to make. Jesus is crucified at the time the Passover Lambs are being slaughtered.
Jun
6
comment How and why did Jesus weep?
@DanO'Day Was Jesus as the passover Lamb what you were looking for? And did Mike already answer it?
Jun
5
comment How and why did Jesus weep?
@DanO'Day I should say I wouldn't take this approach with every book in the Bible. But with John I think it's warranted. It's not allegorical or sensus plenior. I would call it spiritual/symbolic. Clement of Alexandria in the second century said that the first three gospels presented the "bodily facts" while John wrote a "spiritual gospel". I've found that the early church recognized what John was doing and saying more than we do today.