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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.


Feb
24
awarded  Critic
Feb
24
comment What was Er's sin?
I am going to completely disagree with the word "because." All of those men were firstborns and displeased God, but their status was not what displeased God. Cain committed murder after offering an unworthy sacrifice. Reuben slept with his father's concubines. Ishmael and Gad were sons of concubines so really don't count as firstborns. Esau's attitude showed he was not worthy to receive the blessing.
Feb
23
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Feb
23
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Feb
23
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Feb
23
comment Does Genesis's creation account depict creation “ex nihilo”?
@Affable Geek. That's exactly the one.
Feb
22
comment Did Jephthah actually sacrifice his daughter?
Thanks for the push back. I appreciate it. I found it difficult to find many people supporting the human sacrifice stance today. So you're saying that the biggest tragedy of her death (as the Hebrews would see it) is that it ends her father's line?
Feb
22
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Feb
22
comment Does Genesis's creation account depict creation “ex nihilo”?
"(Babylonian and many other creation stories detail the birth and family trees of the gods.)" I compared several in seminary. After reading the Egyptian account of the origin of their gods, I needed to shower.
Feb
22
answered Does Genesis's creation account depict creation “ex nihilo”?
Feb
22
revised Did Jephthah actually sacrifice his daughter?
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Feb
22
answered Did Jephthah actually sacrifice his daughter?
Feb
21
comment Did Jephthah actually sacrifice his daughter?
I'll answer this more tonight. One thing that supporters of the non-death sacrifice (i.e. that she never married) cite is that she says, "I will go to bewail my virginity." She doesn't bewail her coming death, but the fact that she never married. More to come. :)
Feb
21
comment Is there any scriptural warrant for the literalist approach to scripture?
I know a lot of people who take a literal approach to Scripture, and the first question we ask when reading is "what is the genre of this passage? Does the genre indicate literalness or figurative?"
Feb
21
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Feb
19
comment Does Gen 1:1 refer to day 1 or the entire 6 days of creation?
@Alex, can you be more detailed by what he means by "connected to the next word"? While most of the 51 occurrences of reishith are part of construct chains (the choicest of your fruits, the first of his reign), there are some that are definitely not. Is 46:10, " Declaring the end from the beginning,"
Feb
19
comment Why didn't the Septuagint translate 'ahabah to eros?
That does seem plausible.
Feb
18
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Feb
18
answered Why didn't the Septuagint translate 'ahabah to eros?
Feb
18
answered What was Ruth's legal status?