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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) .


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comment Did Jesus read minds or perceive them?
@JoshuaBigbee: I'm a Westerner, and I don't equate equality with power (though they are related). Jesus had access to every attribute of God, but he chose to limit his access in some ways and at some times. At other times, his divine attributes burst through in glorious fashion in what were called signs and miracles. There is no doubt that divine power was involved in every sign and miracle to some extent, but then so were authority ("even the wind and waves obey him"), glory (the transfiguration), divine approval (at his baptism), angelic ministrations (wilderness temptation, Gethsemane)....
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comment Did Jesus subject Himself to the law of the land by paying the temple tax?
@BenchNoviaBensing: Christ did, in a sense, subject himself to God's Law by being made in the likeness of men. He was, in a sense, obligated to obey every jot and tittle of the Law so that he could be the perfect propitiation for our sins, the spotless Lamb of God bearing away the sins of the world. The perfection of Christ's life was mirrored in the way he obeyed both the letter of the law and the spirit of the law simultaneously. Whereas the first Adam (and each person of each subsequent generation) failed to keep the law, Jesus succeeded, and in so doing become the perfect sin-bearer. Don
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comment Did Jesus read minds or perceive them?
@Tau: Interesting comment. Thank you. You've given me something to think about! Don
Dec
20
comment What is being “judged” in 2 Corinthians 5:10?
@BenchNoviaBensing: I'm glad you think so. I'm a little disappointed others seem not to be in agreement with you! Oh well, you can't please all the people all the time. Don
Dec
16
comment Did the baby “leap” in Elizabeth's womb when Mary greeted Elizabeth because of “the fruit of the Spirit.”
@Bagpipes: No, I don't think John's "leaping" was prompted by the Holy Spirit, but it did prompt an inspired utterance by Elizabeth. I do not deny there is more than a little symbolism in the occurrence which Luke recorded in his Gospel! In light of how much we know today in 2014 regarding the life of the fetus within the mother's womb, however, and how symbiotic the relationship is between mother and child, perhaps a "naturalistic" explanation of John's leaping is sufficient. IOW, Elizabeth's excitement and Spirit-filling simply had a concurrent & noticeable effect on the baby in her womb!
Dec
12
comment What does 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12 mean?
is done, and the "kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our God and of his Christ," he and we will reign together in that kingdom without end (see Revelation 11:15).
Dec
12
comment What does 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12 mean?
@Hello: Being a big fan of "both/and thinking," instead of "either/or thinking," I agree with you 100 percent! It's not a matter of either we--God's children--reign with him in the here and now by living as Christians should live, or we reign with him at some indefinite time in the future. No, it's a matter of BOTH living our lives in the here and now as subjects of the King, AND living our lives at some future day as both subjects and co-regents with the King. In the here and now, God is in the process of building his kingdom, his church, one soul at a time. When that aspect of building
Dec
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comment Why is the dividing of clothes considered the fulfillment of scripture?
@JoshuaBigbee: Good point, Joshua. Thank you. Don
Dec
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comment Why is Wisdom personified as a woman?
@Hello: It almost goes without saying, yes? Now if only men would realize the truth of your assertion . . .. Don
Nov
27
comment Does Titus 2:13 refer to one person or two?
Plus one from me! Don
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
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
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
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
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
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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 . . .."
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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