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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
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
Oct
6
comment Revelation: Before or after AD70?
I would love to expand this to show both sides, but this came from notes of a term paper. I don't have the research notes anymore (where I explored both sides to come to this conclusion). The date wasn't the thesis, so I didn't have to explore both sides. This was a side issue. I'd have to do that research anew and time is compressed these days.
Oct
6
awarded  Good Answer
Oct
6
awarded  Nice Answer
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
doubled phrase. Added more of a transition.
Sep
12
revised Jesus' command to hate your father and mother in Luke 14:26
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Sep
12
answered Jesus' command to hate your father and mother in Luke 14:26