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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.


Nov
23
comment Could the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” mean “tree of intelligence”?
@JackDouglas Right. If we know mentally what is good and what is evil then we can choose to do the good and avoid the evil.
Nov
22
comment Could the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” mean “tree of intelligence”?
@JackDouglas, I would say so. ""Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil [by experiencing it]."
Nov
21
revised Does the New Testament use the divine name “Yahweh”?
"Mentioning YHWH" could be misinterpreted as "speak about YHWH".
Nov
16
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
15
awarded  Notable Question
Nov
5
reviewed Leave Open What evidence exists that supports the understanding of the Exodus as a deliverance metanarrative and not as a historical narrative?
Nov
5
reviewed Close Who purchased the field where Judas died?
Nov
5
reviewed Leave Open What implications does the expression “giving in marriage” have for the existence of sexuality after the ressurection?
Nov
5
reviewed Close Who is speaking in Song of Solomon 8:6-7?
Nov
5
reviewed Close What does “Scripture” in the NT refer to?
Nov
5
reviewed Close Where did Abel get the idea to sacrifice sheep?
Nov
5
reviewed Leave Open Which is the day described in verse Amos 8:9?
Nov
5
reviewed Leave Open Does Genesis 6:6 mean that God made a mistake?
Nov
5
reviewed Looks OK In what sense does God mock or scoff at the wicked?
Nov
5
awarded  Custodian
Oct
28
comment Is NWT's translation of John 8:58 reasonable?
@Trig, yes, I can. It is well established in Biblical studies that Jews did use the personal name of God casually (YHWH, often translated "I Am"). In fact, in seeking to put a fence around the commandment not to take his name in vain, they used different circumlocutions (Matthew even hesitates to use "Kingdom of God" preferring "Kingdom of Heaven"). When Jesus says "I am" and they understand it to be blasphemy, the only king of blasphemy that fits is a claim to be God. Claiming to be pre-existent wouldn't cut it. Jesus using the name of God as his own would qualify were it untrue.
Oct
25
comment Do the Dead Sea Scrolls argue against Aramaic primacy?
I can go with official language, but it was also widely used. Josephus records a pun used by common soldiers on the walls of Jerusalem that only makes sense in Hebrew (the Aramaic equivalents of each phrase in the pun don't sound alike).
Oct
23
comment Do the Dead Sea Scrolls argue against Aramaic primacy?
There is a plethora of evidence from the rest of Israel that Mishnaic Hebrew was widely used. For example, 13 of the 26 Bar Cochva letters are written in Hebrew. These are letters dealing with military conquests, not religious matters.
Oct
22
comment What are the evidences that Luke is written after/before the fall of Jerusalem?
I address the pre-fall evidence for Luke-Acts here.
Oct
13
awarded  Nice Answer