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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
10
revised What does Jesus mean by “father” In Matthew 23:9?
added still more goodies to the conclusion
Apr
10
comment What does Jesus mean by “father” In Matthew 23:9?
@user2479: Point taken. I've edited my post accordingly. See my last two paragraphs. Thanks. Don
Apr
10
revised What does Jesus mean by “father” In Matthew 23:9?
added a new concluding paragraph
Apr
9
answered What does Jesus mean by “father” In Matthew 23:9?
Apr
9
comment Why do the Jews in John 8:33 say that they have never been enslaved?
I think you mean, "Did the Jews who believed in Jesus forget about the Babylonian captivity (not to mention the Hebrews' Egyptian servitude) when Jesus told them the truth would set them free"? John was just recording things as he witnessed and heard them, either by himself or via other witnesses to Jesus' public ministry.
Apr
9
revised Why would Saul ask Jesus “who art thou, Lord?” Act 9:4, 5
better clarity and syntax
Apr
9
revised Why would Saul ask Jesus “who art thou, Lord?” Act 9:4, 5
reworded a sentence for better balance and clarity
Apr
8
answered Why would Saul ask Jesus “who art thou, Lord?” Act 9:4, 5
Apr
7
revised What does the saying mean, “Do not go beyond what is written.”?
minor tweaks
Apr
6
answered What does the saying mean, “Do not go beyond what is written.”?
Apr
5
comment Is dispensationalism a theological framework or a hermeneutical approach?
@user2479: Easier said than done, my friend. Scripture tells us we should rightly divide the word of truth. Take the division of Law, Prophets, and Writings. Take the concept of progressive revelation (which is probably a whole 'nother can of worms). Perspectives aren't to be shunned; they are to be embraced. Jesus Himself had a perspective, which should be perhaps the most important perspective, and one which we embrace: "the things concerning Himself" (Lk 24). No perspective is complete, but each one has something to offer, except the anti-supernatural perspective.
Apr
3
comment What is the “great mystery” in Ephesians 5:32?
@WalrustheCat: You could be right! How do you deal with 1 Corinthians 12:13? From the NET Bible at NETbible.org: "On the day of Pentecost, all 120 believers were plugged into the brand new Body of Christ—the Church—by Spirit Baptism. 1 Corinthians 12:13 —”… For in one Spirit we were ALL baptized into one body…” Permanent immersion into the body of Christ. Paul stated clearly that all had been Spirit baptized and placed permanently into the Body of Christ" (from "A Fiery Beginning," by Melanie Newton).
Mar
31
awarded  Scholar
Mar
31
accepted Why did not the Apostle Paul ever say “In the name of him who says” (i.e., Heb. be-shem omro)?
Mar
28
revised How can Jesus say “My Father is working until now” in John 5:16,17 if God rested on the 7th day?
some major rewriting
Mar
28
revised How can Jesus say “My Father is working until now” in John 5:16,17 if God rested on the 7th day?
cleaned it up, syntactically
Mar
27
revised How can Jesus say “My Father is working until now” in John 5:16,17 if God rested on the 7th day?
provided an ending paragraph
Mar
27
answered How can Jesus say “My Father is working until now” in John 5:16,17 if God rested on the 7th day?
Mar
26
revised Abraham as heir of the world?
clarified a few sentences
Mar
26
comment Does the Holy Spirit have a name
@DrFry: Good point. If you'd care to edit my answer accordingly, feel free to do so. Don P.S. If you don't have sufficient reputation yet to do so, I'll be happy to do it another time.