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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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revised What is being “judged” in 2 Corinthians 5:10?
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revised Was only the woman to be scourged in Leviticus 19:20?
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revised Did Jesus have the legal authority to cleanse the temple?
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revised Did Jesus have the legal authority to cleanse the temple?
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revised What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to suffer violence?
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revised What does it mean for the kingdom of heaven to suffer violence?
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revised Does Titus 2:13 refer to one person or two?
reformatted, and changed "dead in Christ" to "resurrected believers in Christ" (to prevent confusion)
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revised Does the miracle of the Woman with an Issue of Blood indicate that healing power flows spontaneously from Jesus?
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revised Does the miracle of the Woman with an Issue of Blood indicate that healing power flows spontaneously from Jesus?
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revised John 12:24--In what way does the grain of wheat die?
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revised John 12:24--In what way does the grain of wheat die?
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revised John 12:24--In what way does the grain of wheat die?
corrected misspelling and syntax
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revised How do we understand the verse “I saw the souls of those who had been slain.”
tidied things up a bit
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revised What means did the people have to correctly interpret “lifted up” in John 12:32?
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revised What does 'reign with him' in 2 Tim 2:12 mean?
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revised What means did the people have to correctly interpret “lifted up” in John 12:32?
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revised Use of “I, even I” and similar phrases
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revised Why did not the Apostle Paul ever say “In the name of him who says” (i.e., Heb. be-shem omro)?
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revised What is hermeneutics?
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