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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.


Mar
11
comment What does Jesus mean by generation when talking about the end times?
"Already, but not yet." The Kingdom is here, but the Kingdom is really coming later. We see a free figuring but not the whole.
Mar
11
comment Upon whom do we call? Reconciling OT & NT
You have really great questions, Sarah.
Mar
10
comment What portions of the New Testament are purported to have originally been written in Aramaic?
"One of the largest collections of Imperial Aramaic texts is that of the Persepolis fortification tablets, which number about five hundred." That's a BC find of Imperial Aramaic. [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aramaic_language#Ancient_Aramaic]
Mar
10
comment What portions of the New Testament are purported to have originally been written in Aramaic?
Actually, there are inscriptions of Aramaic that date back to 1,000 BC. The wiki article on it's history accurately reflects the archeological findings of Aramaic from the BC era.
Mar
9
comment What portions of the New Testament are purported to have originally been written in Aramaic?
@Dan, Bivin and Blizzard have written Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus. It approaches it from a Hebrew perspective (and they argue against Aramaic).
Mar
8
comment What is the difference between ζωὴ and ψυχὴ?
I would be interested to see how what each words translates in the Septuagint and if that shows a helpful pattern.
Mar
7
comment Paul's knowledge of Jannes and Jambres the magicians of Egypt
As Paul was a Pharisee and "trained at the feet of [Rabban] Gamaliel [the Elder]," that he would be familiar with the Targums, and the traditions that were compiled into the Mishnah and Talmud is certain. At least the traditions that predated him. But a good answer.
Mar
4
comment Before the Tower of Babel did all speak Hebrew as the original human language?
I have a copy of his dissertation, though. But I have never scanned it in.
Feb
26
comment Does Exodus 22:28 call for child sacrifice?
Reuben was the firstborn, not Judah. Judah was actually 4th born, but his elder brothers all disqualified themselves for leadership. Reuben tried to usurp leadership from their father by sleeping with the concubines. Levi and Simeon massacred a city to avenge their sister.
Feb
25
comment What is the difference in the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God?
-1. Luke's explanation for how the Church has grown is centered around the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. See Acts 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 19. And you shouldn't hang your findings on Luke 11:2 when Luke's Gospel speaks more of the Holy Spirit and it's actions than Matthew.
Feb
22
comment What is the difference in the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God?
Can you explain more clearly how your answer relates to the question? What shows that these kingdoms are the same or different?
Feb
21
comment What is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
Ahh! And it is the Spirit of God that guides our conscience. By saying evil is good and good is evil, they are calling the Spirit a liar, thus blaspheming him. And when they blaspheme like that, they will not listen to Him calling them to repentance either. And without repentance, forgiveness is impossible.
Feb
21
comment When the Bible says “the world”, does that only include Eurasia and Africa?
"God did create the entire world in Genesis 1:1, but according to this theory there is a gap before Genesis 1:2 which concerns itself with the creation of the Promised Land." Sounds like John Sailhammer's theory. I remember reading it years ago.
Feb
20
comment What is the difference in the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God?
I like how you gave more examples of the circumlocutions. I like it enough to accept this over my own answer.
Feb
20
comment What is the difference in the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God?
Are you saying Luke has no interest in spiritual matters? That's not the case. tupamahu.blogspot.com/2007/09/… For example, Luke has 17 references to the Holy Spirit while Matthew only has 12. Just before the Ascension, Jesus tells the disciples they will be clothed with power from on high (24:49). See also Acts 1:1-28:30 for more of Luke's spiritual interest. Luke wrote a whole book on how the Spirit empowers believers.
Feb
20
comment What is the difference in the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God?
@H3br3wHamm3r81, I removed the reference to "within/among." Interesting article. Just in reference to your final statement, I used to be astonished by how indisputable things were disputed by people disputed but am no longer surprised.
Feb
20
comment Is synoptic parallelism a valid hermeneutic?
See my answer here for more details on the two being the same. hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/4251/…
Feb
20
comment Is synoptic parallelism a valid hermeneutic?
For the example you gave, yes those verses refer to the same thing. I will give more details in a separate answer and add a link here. It's a good question in itself and I don't want to detract from the stated question.
Feb
19
comment How many people were involved in the Exodus?
@MonicaCellio, I might be noticing a pattern. If the word appears with numbers, it means "thousand." If it appears without numbers, it may mean division but does not have to. That's a preliminary hypothesis and would need more research.
Feb
18
comment How many people were involved in the Exodus?
@MonicaCellio, guess not. Is there anywhere in Numbers that aleph works as "unit"? Beyond taking a verse in isolation of its context?