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I am a web programmer by day (PHP) and work on sermons and teaching material in the evenings.

I attended Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, for a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity. I am an associate pastor at a small church in Iowa. While in seminary, my emphasis was on Old Testament studies, but Dr. Wave Nunnally introduced me to the rabbinics. Those have become a special interest as well.

I also enjoy apologetics and was a very active member of the apologetics.org forum before it went defunct.


Mar
25
comment Circumcision “reversal” in 1 Corinthians
@Tau, Gal 2 says nothing about Peter being uncirc. It says that he lived like a gentile until men from James came. He feared the party of the circumcision. In Acts, we see that the party of circumcision was a group that argued gentiles must be circumcised to be Christians. Paul and Peter both argued against this. Paul had Timothy circumcised because T's mother was Jewish. However, he refused to let Titus be circumcised because Titus was gentile on both sides. Clearly, Paul uses circumcised to mean the operation at times. We can't blanket say it always means living by the law.
Mar
23
comment Circumcision “reversal” in 1 Corinthians
We must be careful applying modern meanings onto ancient ways. Just because a "true" uncircumcision was not possible until the 20th century does not mean that the epispasm procedure would not be considered uncircumcision back then. One reason it was practiced was because of Greek gymnasiums. In them, the workout areas were clothing free. Anyone could tell circumcision with a glance by the absence of skin. If there was skin, you'd have to get closer to determine if the skin was original or from an epispasm.
Mar
12
reviewed No Action Needed Does Romans 9:5 assert the deity of Christ?
Mar
12
reviewed No Action Needed Does Romans 9:5 assert the deity of Christ?
Mar
12
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Mar
5
answered What does the abbreviation “Tg. Ps.-J” mean?
Feb
25
reviewed Close How could a soul be tormented by sulfur fire?
Feb
25
revised Why didn't Sarah refuse to go to Abimelech?
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Feb
25
reviewed No Action Needed Are the periods in Revelation a single period of 3 and 1/2 years or something else?
Feb
25
reviewed Reviewed Are the periods in Revelation a single period of 3 and 1/2 years or something else?
Feb
19
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Jan
29
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Jan
23
comment Did original Scripture say Noah was a “son” of 600 years when the water landed?
@JohnMartin Yeah, let's do that.
Jan
23
comment Did original Scripture say Noah was a “son” of 600 years when the water landed?
@JohnMartin, I think you are forcing idioms to be more exact then they need to be.
Jan
23
comment Did Luke base the story of Paul's conversion on the ancient play, the Bacchae, by Euripides
Paul grew up in a city of Greek philosophy. He quotes and refers to Greek writers and philosophers in his letters and speeches (Titus 1:12 and 1 Cor 15:33 are the most well known, but there are others). If Paul enjoys doing this, why wouldn't Jesus do this when speaking to Paul?
Jan
23
reviewed Reviewed What did Paul mean by “Arsenokoitēs”? Was he condemning homosexual activity as we know it today?
Jan
23
reviewed No Action Needed What is “the law of liberty” in James 2:12?
Jan
23
comment Did original Scripture say Noah was a “son” of 600 years when the water landed?
@JohnMartin, I'm not certain why you subtract 1 from each part of his age (600th year, 2nd month, 17th day -> 599 years, 1 month, and 16 days).
Jan
22
answered In Acts 2:17 Peter says 'in the last days' but Joel (who he was quoting) had said 'Afterwards'
Jan
14
reviewed No Action Needed Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?