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I'm a born-again Christian, active member of the body of Christ, husband and father, and Bible teacher. I love to study Scripture, and firmly believe it is the only credible standard for truth.

Aside from my devotion to God, His people, and His word, I don't really have any loyalty to a particular doctrine or creed.

(The guy in the picture is Zhuge Liang from the movie Red Cliff.)


Aug
14
comment Different meanings of 'Earth' in Genesis 1
That graphic was created (in part) based a misunderstanding of the biblical text. It is a conclusion. To turn around and use it as evidence of the same faulty interpretation that it was based on is a logical fallacy known as "begging the question." It is circular reasoning.
Aug
14
comment When Jesus tells the parable of the fig tree, is he referencing Habakkuk 3:17?
Short answer: probably not. Other than the same kind of tree being referenced by separate authors in totally different contexts via totally different genres, there is no evidence to support a literary dependence or reference.
Aug
14
comment What are the “lower parts” in Ephesians 4:9?
In my opinion the strongest argument in support of the appositional position (which I hold) is the author's flow of thought; "ascended" does not refer to His resurrection, but to His ascension from the earth to heaven. Paul's point is that His "ascension" implies that He first descended.
Aug
14
comment What does it mean for Elisha to want “a double portion” from Elijah?
In their day the firstborn son received a double portion of the father's inheritance. Elisha wanted to be counted as Elijah's firstborn son; he wanted to carry on his legacy and receive what belonged to Elijah. In other words, he wanted Elijah's anointing to pass to him so that he could carry on Elijah's work.
Aug
13
comment What are “works of the law”?
This is a very important question in light of the "New Perspectives on Paul". Most conservative scholars would say it means "doing the things commanded by the Law" while N. T. Wright and company would say it refers specifically to circumcision, sabbath, and dietary rules. Others claim that it refers to works of any kind (i.e. not specific to the Law), though this is hard to defend exegetically.
Aug
13
awarded  Necromancer
Aug
12
awarded  Revival
Aug
12
revised Hebrew Text Indicative of a Local or Global Flood?
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Aug
12
answered Hebrew Text Indicative of a Local or Global Flood?
Aug
12
comment Does Paul refer to his past or present evil/sin in Romans 7
This is really an excellent answer Richard, and spot on. Where did you do your studies?
Aug
1
comment When was Job written?
Wow thank you! This was very interesting.
Aug
1
accepted When was Job written?
Aug
1
awarded  Necromancer
Jul
27
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
24
comment Why doesn't Jesus give away all his money?
@fredsbend I don't think the "idolatry" answer is exegetically sound. Idolatry is never once mentioned or even alluded to. Your answer makes it sound like there is nothing wrong with being wealthy, whereas I see the text as saying the exact opposite.
Jul
22
comment Is Jesus Christ the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
The answer will need to address the text criticism issue in the Matthew passage.
Jul
22
comment What is the Godhead?
That is a loose translation of the Greek word for "Divinity". This translation was obviously theologically motivated.
Jul
21
asked What evidence suggests that Paul was not the author of Titus?
Jul
21
comment Which of Paul's letters were written to strangers?
...and now that I think about it, Philemon also addressed a congregation (by extension) didn't it? Did Titus as well?
Jul
21
comment Which of Paul's letters were written to strangers?
Thanks, this is good. (+1). I would like you to comment on the remaining four as well if you could. Did he personally know Philemon and Titus? I know he knew Timothy well, but are there any clues in 1-2 Tim that shed light on his familiarity with Ephesus?