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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) .


Nov
27
comment Does Titus 2:13 refer to one person or two?
Plus one from me! Don
Nov
27
revised Does Titus 2:13 refer to one person or two?
reformatted, and changed "dead in Christ" to "resurrected believers in Christ" (to prevent confusion)
Oct
27
comment Question about NET note and Symbols for Codex Sinaiticus
FYI: In the NET's "Lumina Study Tool" there is a tool which helps users to "decode" the various abbreviations and symbols employed in NET "Notes." For my own purposes I have entitled it in conflated form, "LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS FOR THE NET BIBLE FOOTNOTE TYPES; ABBREVIATIONS FOR BOOKS OF THE BIBLE; AND LISTS OF, AND ABBREVIATIONS FOR, SOURCE MATERIALS USED IN THE NET BIBLE FOOTNOTES AND COMMENTARY". It's proved helpful to me. Interestingly, the various tables do NOT include the symbols you've mentioned (for Codex Sinaiticus). Don
Oct
26
comment Parallels between Ruth and Elisha?
Good question. The Bible provides us with plenty of examples of parallels between two (or more) biblical characters. Look at Hebrews 11, for example. The writer of Hebrews lumps together all the characters in that chapter, based on one basic commonality; namely, faith in God. Then too, what about comparing Ruth with ABRAHAM? They both left paganism and each had a role in fulfilling God's covenant with Abraham: Abraham, in that his descendants came through Isaac, the child of promise, and Ruth, in that she was David's (and Jesus') forbear, as Matthew tells us in his Gospel (1:5).
Oct
26
revised Does the miracle of the Woman with an Issue of Blood indicate that healing power flows spontaneously from Jesus?
erratum
Oct
25
comment Does the miracle of the Woman with an Issue of Blood indicate that healing power flows spontaneously from Jesus?
That's something to think about. Did the Father "tell" Jesus about Nathaniel's exemplary character, or did Jesus just know about his guilelessness because as God he knows all things (see John 1:47)? Honestly, I don't have a definitive answer for you. Don
Oct
25
comment Does the miracle of the Woman with an Issue of Blood indicate that healing power flows spontaneously from Jesus?
@MigueldeServet: Yeah, your Q was clear enough to me. The more I think about it, however, the less clear my answer becomes! Not for a minute do I think Jesus ceased being God. He was and always will be fully God. That he happened to be and always will be fully human makes incidents like the healing of the woman with the issue of blood more than a little shrouded in mystery. Again, where did the divine "leave off" and the "human begin" (& vice versa)? Beats me. Since Jesus was continuously in touch with his Father, could the Father have nudged Jesus when the woman touched his garment? Possibly.
Oct
25
answered How do we interpret Luke 17:37?
Oct
25
comment “Convince our conscience” or “reassure our heart” in 1 John 3:19?
Fine answer, as usual. +1. Don
Oct
25
comment Why is Jesus' admission to being the “Son of God” equated with “blasphemy” in Matt. 26:65?
Fine answer, as usual. +1. Don
Oct
25
revised Does the miracle of the Woman with an Issue of Blood indicate that healing power flows spontaneously from Jesus?
reworded last paragraph
Oct
24
comment Does the miracle of the Woman with an Issue of Blood indicate that healing power flows spontaneously from Jesus?
Welcome to SEBH! "Through the woodlands, through the valleys comes a horseman wild and free, Tilting at the windmills passing, who that the brave young horseman be?"* Why it's Miguel de Servet! Enjoy your time with us. Don Don. *Gordon Lightfoot, "Don Quixote"
Oct
24
answered Does the miracle of the Woman with an Issue of Blood indicate that healing power flows spontaneously from Jesus?
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