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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
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 Woman with an Issue of Blood (Mark 5:21-43; cp. Matt 9:18-26, Luke 8:40-56)
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 Woman with an Issue of Blood (Mark 5:21-43; cp. Matt 9:18-26, Luke 8:40-56)
@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 Woman with an Issue of Blood (Mark 5:21-43; cp. Matt 9:18-26, Luke 8:40-56)
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
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
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
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
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
Sep
25
comment Use of “I, even I” and similar phrases
@omannay: I've made myself persona non grata here recently, but I'm sure things will get better, eventually. Thanks for your vote of confidence! Don
Sep
22
comment What does Jesus mean by “Pray then like this:” before the “Lord's Prayer”
Great answer, Jack. Jesus' model prayer for his disciples is more of a paradigm than a pattern or template. From its first word, OUR, which indicates that prayer is a link to God for ALL Christians in the community of faith, to the last word, amen, which says in effect "according to Your will, not ours" (AMEN meaning "so be it," or "may it be thus"). A frequently heard expression in Christian circles today is "It's not about you." It's all about GOD: His character, His will, His word, His forgiveness, His enabling power, and His inherent right to reign and to rule, now and forever. Don
Sep
16
comment Why doesn't St. Paul use LOVE for each of the members, when he lays out the Rules for a Christian Households [Col 3:18-20]?
Couldn't have said it better, Frank Luke! Don
Sep
9
comment What does the oil in the ten virgins parable represent?
@Daи: If I'm not mistaken (though on rare occasions I am--back in aught-six, for example--1906, that is), I suggest your locution, "this is not a Christian site" is a bit of an overstatement. A more accurate description of the BHB site would be as follows: "Though BHB attracts many Christians--and Jews, for that matter--who contribute questions and answers, the site is not just for Christians and Jews but for people of all faiths or no faith at all. What unites us all is our interest in the Bible as a text worth interpreting." What thinkest thou? Don
Aug
28
comment Who were the “all” distributed to in Acts 2?
As important as preaching is in reaching the lost for Christ (through the demonstration of God's love AND the proclamation of God's love), discipling is also important. The local churches in which converts are discipled within the welcoming, accepting, and loving atmosphere of a family-type community are in the best position to be used of God to reach out to "non-family members" as ambassadors for the foreign policy of the kingdom of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ. Don
Aug
28
comment Who were the “all” distributed to in Acts 2?
It ain't either/or, man; it's both/and. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are family, and family comes first. Does that mean God doesn't care about non-family members? Of course not! God is no respecter of persons, and one of the best ways for Christians to evangelize is to earn the right to be heard, especially through good deeds, good examples, and sacrificial love. How is a baby in Christ going to learn how to earn the right to be heard? By being discipled by older, gifted, and more-mature family members within the church. The main verb in the Great Commission is "making disciples."
Aug
28
comment Why Moses ordered to keep virgins alive but kill all non-virgins and males in Numbers 31:17-18?
Biblical Hermeneutics Beta encourages answerers to provide proof to back up their statements. That proof may come from either biblical and/or extra-biblical sources. OPs and readers alike find citations helpful, particularly in the form of hyperlinks, particularly if they want to follow up on (or even check out!) your answer. Intelligent opinions, guesses, and hypotheses are welcome, but again, you need either to back them up with respected authorities or simply identify them as opinions, best guesses, and hypotheses. Even then, they should be backed up by logical proof. Best wishes! Don