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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.


Jul
25
comment Is “Gospel”, or “Good News of Military Victory” what “Evangelion” means in Greek?
@Mattias, I left you the names of some traditional scholars who are dealing with the exact kind of arguments Atwill uses. I really suggest you read some of those for a balanced opinion.
Jul
24
comment Is there any exegetical reason for believing the seven churches of Revelation correspond to seven successive “church ages”?
@MikeBull, "I don't think you'd advise that we read each book or letter (or Testament) in a total literary vacuum." Bingo. That's why genre is so important. Words are used differently in apocalyptic writings than in historical narrative. Prose structures are not the same as poetry structures. And before you ask again, I will answer again. Yes, I think about genre with everything I read. I don't read a mystery the same way I read sagas.
Jul
22
comment Could the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” mean “tree of intelligence”?
He is asking about the connotation of the phrase not the denotation.
Jul
16
comment What is the meaning of 'Power of the Death'?
I started to add a link for others to see the verse in question, but 1 Cor 15:55 says "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" Is this the verse you meant? Or did you mean Hebrews 2:14 "...the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil)"?
Jul
16
comment In John 14:2, what is Jesus' Father's house?
-1. This doesn't address the question of "what is the Father's house that Jesus goes to prepare?" Also, you say Abraham, but I think you mean Adam.
Jul
15
comment What is the origin of the household tables?
-1. So much here doesn't address the question. I appreciate you sharing your hermeneutic, though.
Jul
11
comment What did the 70 elders see, if man can't see God and live?
Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics! Thanks for your answer. What we strive for here is for questions arising from the text and answers dealing with that text and related texts. This reads more like an answer from personal experience while we are looking for scholarly work. Can you revise? Also, the questioner has requested that the answers be from a Tanakh (Hebrew canon only) perspective.
Jul
10
comment Why is this same word translated both “they”, “he” and “him” in Luke 10:38?
Like this: net.bible.org/#!bible/Luke+10:38. That'll get you to the verse in the text side and then just scroll for the notes.
Jul
5
comment How can we ensure a given “chiasm” was intentional by the author, and is not merely fanciful eisegesis?
If you just have the idea at the start and end with differing amounts in the middle, that sounds more like an inclusio than a chiasm.
Jul
3
comment What does “My Lord and my God” Mean?
See this for grammar reasons as to why the lack of article doesn't mean Jesus is just "a god".
Jun
26
comment Blessed is the man who WALKS NOT or HAS NOT WALKED?
Welcome aboard! I agree that Hebrew verbs must be translated from context, but it would help readers if you would use the scholarly-accepted names for Hebrew verb states. I had to read this a few times to get the sense of what you are saying. Are my edits in line with your intentions?
Jun
21
comment Acts 23:6: Were Sadducces different in their outward apparel from the Pharisees?
I never thought about this, but it's a great question.
Jun
20
comment Is Paul speaking with sarcasm in Acts 24:21?
@brilliant, Acts 23:6 "Then when Paul noticed that part of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, he shouted out in the council, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the dead!" Paul didn't merely state his beliefs. He took the opportunity to identify squarely with one side of the council and say that the charges were an attack against one of their core doctrines.
Jun
20
comment Is Paul speaking with sarcasm in Acts 24:21?
@brilliant, it was Paul's fault that the particular meeting was adjourned in dissension. But the two groups making up the Sanhedrin, the Pharisees and Sadducees, had been at odds over doctrine and practice for years at this point.
Jun
19
comment Differences in Genesis creation stories
Also the two kinds of vegetation here are specified as "of the field."
Jun
19
comment Can the word translated as “messiah” be considered a title when referring to Jesus?
Last names weren't used the same way back then as now. Can you show some evidence that Paul regarded Christos as the last name of Jesus of Nazareth?
Jun
17
comment Who is Wisdom in Proverbs
@H3br3wHamm3r81 reminds me of "If you have wisdom, what do you lack? And if you lack wisdom, what do you have?" Leviticus Rabbah)
Jun
17
comment Interpretations of Elihu in Job
Where to put the quotation marks is a big question when translating Job. The same issue described in that question appears in this chapter. Job and the others all speak in the first person at some point in their speeches. Just one example for each: Job (3:2), Eliphaz (4:12), Bildad (8:9), Zophar (20:2), and Elihu (32:6). So 1st person doesn't help us narrow down an author.
Jun
13
comment Interpretations of Elihu in Job
I changed the 3rd to 1st since that is what the KJV has and added some links and the verses most central to your argument.
Jun
13
comment Interpretations of Elihu in Job
The Scriptures are not encrypted. The Father, Son, and Spirit want us to read and understand them. There are things that an unbeliever will not understand, granted, but the vast majority is for us to understand. This should not be taken that we are the final authority, but remember "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Tim 3:16).