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For the last 56 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 40 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 was certified recently as a paralegal. 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) .


Apr
22
comment What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
@user2479: You're welcome, I'm sure. Thank you for your encouragement. Don
Apr
22
revised What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
a misspelling was corrected
Apr
22
comment What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
@user2479: I was glad to. See the "addendum" in my answer. I hope it helps. If not, feel free to ask further questions. Don
Apr
22
revised What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
provided an addendum by popular demand!
Apr
21
comment Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
@ScottS: It was SURELY an error! (I imagine, however, that more than a few people wish they were free to sin with impunity. The pleasures of sin, however, are for a very short season, but at God's right hand are pleasures forever more. See Psalm 16:11 KJV, and Hebrews 11:25.)
Apr
21
revised Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
added a last paragraph
Apr
21
answered What is the context of Luke 12:47-48?
Apr
21
comment Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
@user2479: See my comment to ScottS. Thanks for your correction and for your encouragement. Don
Apr
21
comment Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
@ScottS: Wow! What a blunder! Rest assured I'm not an antinomianist. Thanks for the correction. Don
Apr
21
revised Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
inserted a crucial, negative word
Apr
20
answered Are sins of the future forgiven? John 20:23
Apr
18
comment Why would Jesus ask, “the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
@JohnMartin: You're welcome, John. I've since edited my answer a bit by including a few more references. The words "received up" from Luke 9:51 triggered Hebrews 12:2 in my mind. Prior to His death, Jesus took the "long view." Happy Easter, John. Don
Apr
18
revised Why would Jesus ask, “the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
tidied it up a bit
Apr
18
revised Why would Jesus ask, “the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
a few minor fix-ups
Apr
18
comment Why would Jesus ask, “the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
@user2479: You're welcome, I'm sure. Thanks for your words of encouragement. Don
Apr
18
answered Why would Jesus ask, “the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
Apr
18
comment What does “meek” mean in Matthew 5:5?
Regarding Jesus' teaching on "turning the cheek" . . .. Jesus mentioned the right cheek first, because when delivered by a person's right hand, a slap to the right cheek would be what we call today "a back-handed slap," which to this day is an insulting slap. If meekness is strength under control, then giving your left cheek to your smiter is a meek way of asserting your superiority and your unwillingness to admit you are deserving of an insulting back-handed slap. IOW, you're saying to your smiter, "So you think I'm deserving of an insulting slap on my left cheek? Then here's my left cheek."
Apr
17
comment What does “meek” mean in Matthew 5:5?
@JonEricson: I think the best definition of meek I've ever come across is that meekness is "strength under control." In other words, to be meek is not necessarily to be weak, either physically, or mentally, or both! Jesus was tremendously strong, morally and even physically (he was, after all, a builder for many years prior to His going public), yet He said clearly in Matthew 11:29 KJV, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
Apr
17
comment Does Jesus drink wine?
Nice, evenhanded answer. Kudos. Don
Apr
17
comment Does Jesus drink wine?
@JimThio: Who said ANYONE got drunk? I don't remember reading that in the text of Scripture. A few observations: 1) Wine in those days was safer to drink that plain ol' un-chlorinated water (before the germ theory of disease was discovered); 2) wine in those days was likely very weak; whereas most wines today contain 13-15 percent alcohol content, wine in Jesus' day contained perhaps a third or a quarter of that amount of alcohol; 3) the wedding reception in Cana was a joyous occasion, and wine in moderation makes the heart glad (Psalm 104:15 NAS). In short, Jesus was definitely NOT a killjoy!