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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.


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answered Why does Matthew link Jesus' healing miracles to the title “Son of David?”
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22
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Why does the Bible say that Abraham sacrificed his “only-begotten son”?
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comment What does “Under the Sun” mean in Ecclesiastes?
I have looked into this further and revised.
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revised What are the arguments in favor of Matthean Priority?
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accepted What does “Under the Sun” mean in Ecclesiastes?
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Mar
20
comment What are the arguments in favor of Matthean Priority?
Can anyone help me with the formatting? The last three numbered items in the first section should be 2,3, and 4 not 1,2, and 3. Likewise in the final section, those last two items should be continuations of the list. Thank you!
Mar
20
answered What are the arguments in favor of Matthean Priority?
Mar
19
comment Did Luke use Josephus as a source?
@BruceAlderman, I am interested! That would be a great place to put some arguments for different dates of the gospels. I can start with Luke-Acts and then prepare Matthew and Mark.
Mar
19
comment What does “Under the Sun” mean in Ecclesiastes?
If Qoheleth is paralleling Egyptian sources with this phrase, I imagine he would be writing polemically. That is, he is showing that the Egyptian wisdom (which would be "under the sun") is worthless, a vanity, a striving after the wind.
Mar
19
answered What does “Under the Sun” mean in Ecclesiastes?
Mar
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comment Did Paul intend his letters be taken as Scripture?
If I were answering on that question, I would encourage him to read on the canonization process where these questions were hashed out. We have the canon not because men choose it but because men could not stop these books from being recognized as inspired. No council declared the books to be inspired. Instead the early church fathers recognized God's spirit in certain books and that it was not in other books. They chose books that were both timely (speaking to certain situations) and timeless (universally applicable throughout time). This could require a book.
Mar
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comment Did Luke use Josephus as a source?
@BruceAlderman, yes, but unlikely to be possible. I am an associate pastor and have a full-time job otherwise. Evenings are family time. I can look things up and write about them, but going to real-time chats isn't always an option. But I think dating issues fits in well on this Q/A. When I get things written up, I could post them on threads or start threads.
Mar
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comment Did Luke use Josephus as a source?
@BruceAlderman, I'll have to look into my material on the dating of the other gospels. I was one of the research assistant for Nunnally when he wrote his commentary, so I know these arguments for Luke-Acts better than the others. I also place Matthew first of all (Matthean Priority) based on internal and external evidence. As to who of Mark or Luke wrote before the other, I will have to look into that. Could take a little time...
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asked What does “Under the Sun” mean in Ecclesiastes?
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comment Did Luke use Josephus as a source?
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comment Did Luke use Josephus as a source?
I have a very difficult time not committing the genetic fallacy whenever Carrier is referenced.
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revised Did Luke use Josephus as a source?
formatting. Expanded bibliography entries in the essay.