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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.


Oct
4
answered Revelation: Before or after AD70?
Oct
1
comment Was Luke's birth narrative written in response to Marcion's version of the gospel?
More information on an early Luke-Acts can be found in Did Luke use Josephus as a Source.
Sep
28
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
18
reviewed Leave Open According to Scripture, how should we interpret Scripture?
Sep
18
comment How would Elisha plowing with 12 oxen have been understood at the time of writing?
You clearly have a sense of humor that I appreciate. I also like how you briefly brought in the sons of the prophets. Since controlling 12 teams at a time is a lot of ambulatory hamburger to handle, part of me wonders if Elisha was managing a group of plowmen and that fact was simply expressed that way. Is there any way to determine one way or the other?
Sep
13
comment Are there any rules on which things in Revelation must be interpreted literally and which symbolically?
I recommend the book from the Counterpoints series: Four Views on Revelation. It lets each of the major views express itself and then the others critique with an opportunity for rebuttal. Nicely balanced.
Sep
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
12
comment Did the Holy Spirit leave Jesus when temptation was present in Luke 4?
Welcome to bh.se! This is a good question. I just formatted a little bit more to fit our site.
Sep
12
revised Did the Holy Spirit leave Jesus when temptation was present in Luke 4?
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Sep
12
reviewed Reviewed Are there any rules on which things in Revelation must be interpreted literally and which symbolically?
Sep
12
reviewed Reviewed What is the significance of “east” in the Scriptures?
Sep
12
revised Jesus' command to hate your father and mother in Luke 14:26
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revised Jesus' command to hate your father and mother in Luke 14:26
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answered Jesus' command to hate your father and mother in Luke 14:26
Sep
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awarded  genesis
Sep
12
answered What is the likely way in which ancient Hebrews would have understood “raqiya” in Gen 1:6?
Sep
11
comment Jesus' command to hate your father and mother in Luke 14:26
We have a translation of the Greek Gospel of Luke into Aramaic. Examining the Greek of Luke shows a plethora of Hebraisms that do not exist in Aramaic and show that Luke's sources were Hebrew. Not having the original texts does not stop scholars from determining the original language from a translation. For example, even though the intertestamental writing of Tobit was originally only known in Aramaic and Greek, it was long theorized that it was originally written in Hebrew and translated. More recent discoveries have proven that correct.
Sep
11
comment Jesus' command to hate your father and mother in Luke 14:26
Only thing I disagree with here is invoking Aramaic Primacy when it isn't needed (but then it never is. Mishnaic Hebrew answers the same questions and so many more). Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew use the word sone' with the same range of meaning.
Sep
11
comment What is the likely way in which ancient Hebrews would have understood “raqiya” in Gen 1:6?
Walter Kaiser addresses this in "The Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable and Relevant?" I'll try to summarize his answer in the next couple of days.
Sep
6
reviewed No Action Needed As in Heaven so in Earth Luke 11:2