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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) .


Mar
17
revised Concealing & revealing in Proverbs 25:2
errata
Mar
8
revised What is the “Lot” in Proverbs 16:33
change of phrase
Feb
23
revised What is the context in Mark and Luke as regards the buying and preparing of the spices?
a couple errata
Feb
20
revised What is “that day” in John 14:20?
minor word change
Feb
19
revised What is “that day” in John 14:20?
inserted some new stuff
Feb
18
revised What does “suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin” in 1 Peter 4:1 mean?
major reorganization; corrected a few errata; eliminated unnecessary repetition; highlighted Bible verses
Feb
8
revised What is the proper translation of Genesis 32:28?
a few errata, and I added and/or subtracted a few words here and there
Feb
3
revised What type of plant was the bush of Exodus 3:2?
corrected misspelling
Feb
2
revised Hermeneutically, how do we reconcile Jesus' teaching on loving our enemies and YHWH's telling Israel to destroy their enemies?
fixed a few errata; added more meat here and there
Feb
2
revised Hermeneutically, how do we reconcile Jesus' teaching on loving our enemies and YHWH's telling Israel to destroy their enemies?
omitted a caveat
Jan
6
revised Where was Jesus when he received word of Lazarus' illness?
reworded a couple things
Dec
23
revised Did Jesus read minds or perceive them?
errata
Dec
19
revised What is being “judged” in 2 Corinthians 5:10?
cleaned it up
Dec
17
revised Was only the woman to be scourged in Leviticus 19:20?
minor grammatical changes
Dec
8
revised Did Jesus have the legal authority to cleanse the temple?
tidied it up a bit
Dec
8
revised Did Jesus have the legal authority to cleanse the temple?
minor changes in format, capitalization, and an erratum or two
Dec
3
revised What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to suffer violence?
minor changes here and there
Dec
2
revised What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to suffer violence?
a few fix-ups here and there
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
revised Does the miracle of the Woman with an Issue of Blood indicate that healing power flows spontaneously from Jesus?
reworded last paragraph