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For the last 57 years, I have been a practicing Christian (liberally conservative and evangelical). Should any posting I make to any Stack Exchange website pique your curiosity as to the what and why of my beliefs, feel free to communicate with me at drlarter@yahoo.com. I do not claim to have all the answers--let alone all the questions(!), but I would consider it a privilege to discuss Christianity with you in a rational and civilized fashion.

My wife (a native Egyptian and Christian) and I have been married over 41 years. We have two grown children who have flown the coop, making us empty nesters.

I have a Master's degree in Speech Communications and three years of doctoral studies in Rhetorical Theory at the University of Pittsburgh. After a brief stint as a teacher of public speaking, I embarked on a couple of different and totally divergent pursuits by owning and operating two small businesses.

Tired of being in business for myself, I went back to school at Duquesne University's Paralegal Institute in Pittsburgh, where I received a General Practice Certificate last December (2013). I am currently looking for employment in that field, and would like to round out the last stage of my work life in some area of jurisprudence.

A rhetorical perspective is almost as natural to me as breathing. Overt and covert attempts at persuasion, whether written or spoken, are my legitimate targets for analysis, evaluation, and criticism. Of particular interest to the EL&U web site contributors would be, with some adaptations and modifications, the traditional canons of speech: style (elocutio), invention (inventio), organization (dispositio), memorability (memoria), and delivery (pronuntiatio or actio) .


Oct
19
comment What is the meaning of Romans 2:12?
To expand on david brainerd's comment: You can be a lawbreaker even when there is no written law to say, "Hey, you broke the law!" "Why?" you ask. "Because you sinned, and sin is lawlessness" (see 1 John 3:4). Doing what seems right in your own eyes can sometimes be a good thing. At other times, however, not so much. Even if an act does not violate one's conscience, God will still judge the act according to how much light people have. God as Judge takes into account the extent to which people are "in the dark," spiritually. He then metes out punishment acc. to their degree of culpability.
Oct
18
revised John 12:24--In what way does the grain of wheat die?
added a crucial word
Oct
18
revised John 12:24--In what way does the grain of wheat die?
verb parallelism
Oct
18
answered John 12:24--In what way does the grain of wheat die?
Oct
18
revised John 12:24--In what way does the grain of wheat die?
corrected misspelling and syntax
Oct
12
comment Why does Jesus refer to himself as the “Son of Man” in Mark 2:10?
@Onlyheisgood: "The devil's in the details," my friend. The words "son of man" in Numbers are not the same as (or equivalent to) the title "Son of Man." The translators of our English Bible (dare I say every extant version?) capitalize Son of Man, and for good reason. A "son of man" could not survive the heat of the king's furnace, but a Son of Man could. That is the point: Jesus as the Son of Man (and God) is the perfect representative for our fallen race. He was and is the Second Adam who, though in "the form of a bond-servant . . . and in the likeness of men . . . humbled Himself . . .."
Oct
7
revised How do we understand the verse “I saw the souls of those who had been slain.”
tidied things up a bit
Oct
7
comment What's The Significance of Paul Saying “Pastors And Teachers”?
@Susan: Thank you for the suggestion, but speaking only for me, I think my bringing something up on meta would not be a wise--not to mention an efficient--use of my time, which is not to say I'll never bring up something on Meta, as I recognize Meta as being, potentially at least, a good and useful feature of BHB. Don
Oct
7
revised What means did the people have to correctly interpret “lifted up” in John 12:32?
a small change in format
Oct
7
answered What's The Significance of Paul Saying “Pastors And Teachers”?
Oct
6
answered What means did the people have to correctly interpret “lifted up” in John 12:32?
Oct
5
comment What does 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12 mean?
@FMS: Again, thank you for your encouragement. Notice I've added some meat to the concluding section of my answer, in hopes of painting a mental word picture of what reigning with Christ will entail when the body of Christ, free of the presence of sin, pain, suffering, and death, will truly be liberated. In the words of TV's Star Trek (paraphrased!), "Heaven, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the King's subjects. Their eternal mission: to explore new worlds, to seek out the beauties of God's creation, to boldly go where no man has gone before, all for the glory of the King."
Oct
5
revised What does 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12 mean?
added some meat to the concluding section
Oct
5
comment What does 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12 mean?
@FMS: Very good observation!
Oct
4
comment What does 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12 mean?
@FMS: You're welcome. Thank you for your encouragement. Don
Oct
4
answered What does 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12 mean?
Oct
3
answered Who is “his brother” in 1 John 5:16?
Oct
3
revised What means did the people have to correctly interpret “lifted up” in John 12:32?
tidied it up a bit
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
25
answered Galatians 1:2 - Who are the brethren who were with Paul?