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bio website damonjgray.org
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By trade, I'm a geek, working in Business Services IT for Anvil Corporation, an A & E firm that specializes in refinery revamps/refits/turnarounds, having worked in software development since 1995. Prior to that, I served in full-time ministry, mostly with university students, and most of that at the University of Kansas.

I'm a fairly driven man, and very relationally oriented. I really enjoy those late night talks, which often become early morning talks, growing deeper and more profound as the night moves forward. I enjoy those friends with whom long periods of silence are okay, where you can just look at one another and know the message is, "Chatter isn't necessary. I just like being with you." My dearest friend in the world is my high-school sweetheart, my wife, Alean Melinda.

I'm fascinated by politics, in the sense that I'm intrigued by it and repulsed all at the same time. It's like watching a bad car wreck or watching the World Trade Center buildings fall. It's horrifying, but we keep looking, right? Politics is like that for me, repulsive, but I keep following it.

I took my undergraduate degree from Baker University, studying Mass Communication with an emphasis in radio broadcasting and newsprint. A year later, I enrolled in Harding University School of Biblical Studies where I studied the Bible for two years, a difficult program that resembled trying to take a drink from a fire-hose. In 2012, I completed my studies at Capella University, earning a Master of Business Administration with emphasis on Information Technology Management.


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comment How should we understand “he cannot sin” in 1 John 3:9?
No, it is not a duplicate. I am focused like a laser-beam on verse nine. Verse six helps set context, and may shed light on it, but I really want to wrap my mind around the "cannot" in verse nine. As for "raw," in the original question, I mean free of interpretive bias inasmuch as that is possible. Every translation is, by nature, also an interpretation. I'm not a Greek scholar, but know there are many here. I'm hopeful that I can get an unbiased read on this that will allow it to harmonize with earlier verses/chapters.
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comment “How did Jesus' ”teaching with authority“ differ from the Scribes?”
Thank you Sarah for the suggested edit. You're absolutely correct, and I have made that update.
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comment “How did Jesus' ”teaching with authority“ differ from the Scribes?”
@Sarah - No. I'm not, but I note that response reflected the same idea. @ Dan - Actually, I've been using StackOverflow for years. I didn't realize this site was part of that "family." Thus, I tried to merge the two accounts/logins. Indeed, I was "welcomed" to Christianity.StackExchange by WaxEagle who promptly deleted my Answer, stating it should have been a comment, but I haven't earned enough reputation there to leave a comment. I was pretty surprised by the abruptness of it.
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