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For the last 57 years, I have been a practicing Christian (liberally conservative and evangelical). Should any posting I make to any Stack Exchange website pique your curiosity as to the what and why of my beliefs, feel free to communicate with me at drlarter@yahoo.com. I do not claim to have all the answers--let alone all the questions(!), but I would consider it a privilege to discuss Christianity with you in a rational and civilized fashion.

My wife (a native Egyptian and Christian) and I have been married over 41 years. We have two grown children who have flown the coop, making us empty nesters.

I have a Master's degree in Speech Communications and three years of doctoral studies in Rhetorical Theory at the University of Pittsburgh. After a brief stint as a teacher of public speaking, I embarked on a couple of different and totally divergent pursuits by owning and operating two small businesses.

Tired of being in business for myself, I went back to school at Duquesne University's Paralegal Institute in Pittsburgh, where I received a General Practice Certificate last December (2013). I am currently looking for employment in that field, and would like to round out the last stage of my work life in some area of jurisprudence.

A rhetorical perspective is almost as natural to me as breathing. Overt and covert attempts at persuasion, whether written or spoken, are my legitimate targets for analysis, evaluation, and criticism. Of particular interest to the EL&U web site contributors would be, with some adaptations and modifications, the traditional canons of speech: style (elocutio), invention (inventio), organization (dispositio), memorability (memoria), and delivery (pronuntiatio or actio) .


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comment How do new converts to Christianity learn about the Bible, Christian faith, and Christian practices?
Good answer. If you'd like the perspective of a seasoned Evangelical on Christian Life and Bible Study, feel free to drop me a line. My email address is in my SE profile. Don
May
25
revised Is calling the church the “body of Christ” merely a metaphor or is there a deeper significance?
errata.
May
23
answered How do Calvinists explain Luke 19:41-44
May
22
comment Why would God permit divorce because of Israel's “hardness of heart”?
In agreement with @lars, I suggest there is great significance in the words of both the Pharisees and Jesus, particularly the words "Moses allowed" and "he [viz., Moses] wrote you this commandment," respectively. Ultimately, of course, "Moses' commands" came from God, but the clear teaching of Scripture is that "indecency" (e.g., fornication of a woman with a man who is not her husband prior to marrying the husband) is a forgivable offense which does not REQUIRE divorce. A husband's unwillingness to forgive an indecency says more about the husband's hardness of heart than his bride's indecency
May
3
revised What Biblical evidence/evidence did CS Lewis base his idea of sehnsucht/Joy on?
minor errata
May
2
comment Nakedness in the Bible
One speculation (i.e., mine) is that angels wear clothes for the benefit of the people to whom they appear. Since angels "neither marry nor are given in marriage," as Jesus tells us, modesty is not likely the reason for their being (or appearing) clothed. Remember, too, that angels are spiritual beings; that is, they are invisible to the naked eye (no pun intended). God evidently gave them the ability to appear quite human, yet interestingly, sometimes when they appear to people they exude a preternatural lightning-like brightness which elicits fear in the people who see them (see Mt 28:2-4).
Apr
21
revised Is Satan's doom settled, or could he still get a reprieve from God?
a few changes here and there
Apr
15
comment Was there anyone specific who ever argued that God was dead?
@mastermissions.com: Thaaaaanks! Don
Apr
13
answered Was there anyone specific who ever argued that God was dead?
Apr
12
revised Is 1 John 5:7-8 (the Comma Johanneum) a Latin corruption?
added some information for the benefit of readers
Apr
3
comment A Catholic uncertain of the trinity
I can't help but add that when Jesus told the paralytic "Your sins are forgiven" and the scribes and Pharisees in attendance said "Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?", they were spot-on correct. NO ONE can forgive sins but God alone. And just to demonstrate he, like God, had the authority--not to mention the right--to forgive sins, Jesus also healed the man! I hope the scribes and Pharisees felt salty! (See Matthew 9, Mark 2, and Luke 5.) Don
Apr
2
comment How are justification and sanctification related to salvation?
@AdithiaKusno: Feel free to do it yourself in an edit. You have my permission! Don
Mar
31
answered Does God love everyone equally?
Mar
28
revised Reasons many Christians not reading the Bible both OT and NT?
a few touch-ups here and there
Mar
28
revised How are justification and sanctification related to salvation?
added a new quotation; fixed a couple errata
Mar
28
revised Reasons many Christians not reading the Bible both OT and NT?
added a few words
Mar
28
answered Reasons many Christians not reading the Bible both OT and NT?
Mar
28
comment How are justification and sanctification related to salvation?
@AdithiaKusno: Feel free to re-insert your "consequently/simultaneously" terminology. I won't be offended! As for sanctification being "accidental," I'd have to think about that. Now if you substituted the word "proactive" or "deliberate" for "accidental," I might agree with you. I could even agree with "value-added bonus," since ANY reward beyond salvation is "gravy" (or "icing on the cake"), not to mention undeserved. "So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty'" (Luke 17:10 ESV).
Mar
28
answered How are justification and sanctification related to salvation?
Mar
27
revised How are justification and sanctification related to salvation?
made the questions a bit clearer