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For the last 56 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 40 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 was certified recently as a paralegal. 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 Same DNA for Adam and Eve?
The DNA of Adam and Eve were similar but not the same. Through Adam's act of disobedience, he, as the representative for the human race, brought death to all of us. The last Adam, Jesus, through His obedience unto death brought life to light once again (see Romans 5:18-21). Jesus was the promised "seed of the woman" of Gen 3:15 whose heel would be bruised at the cross but who would crush Satan's head, thus reversing the effects of sin, condemnation, judgment, and eternal punishment--all by His grace, but received by us through faith alone. Amazing, but true!
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comment Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community?
@Mark: Sounds like your church has its head screwed on straight. Wish they were all like that. My church's mission statement is "Following Jesus in Diverse Community," and our membership rolls reflect a highly diverse group of people. If you'd like to check out our church's website, it can be found at acac.net. The Lord bless you. Don
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revised Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community?
left out a key word, and a few other things as well.
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answered Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community?
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revised What are the views of Evangelical Christians on whether it is possible to go to heaven and back to earth?
made the question Bible-based by linking the OP's questions to the apostle Paul's experience of heaven
Jul
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revised What does Paul mean when he speaks of “in Christ”?
minor changes
Jul
17
answered What does Paul mean when he speaks of “in Christ”?
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awarded  Yearling
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comment Does the Bible provide any passages that might help in understanding how Satan became sinful?
To suggest that God created evil puts you on pretty shaky ground, biblically. Just as "God cannot be tempted by evil," so also "He Himself does not tempt anyone" (James 1:13). Our thought process and our ability to make decisions are aspects of God's image within us. Luther was credited with saying, "“You cannot prevent the birds from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building a nest in your hair!" Do we have the right, then, to blame God for "making us sin"? No. A better question would be: Why did God make it possible for birds to build nests in our hair? Selah. Don
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comment Does the Bible provide any passages that might help in understanding how Satan became sinful?
There are different translations of the word "evil." In the NET Bible, for example, the KJV's "evil" is translated "calamity." Here's the footnote attached to the word in that version: "This verses affirms that God is ultimately sovereign over his world, including mankind and nations. In accordance with his sovereign will, he can cause wars to cease and peace to predominate (as he was about to do for his exiled people through Cyrus), or he can bring disaster and judgment on nations (as he was about to do to Babylon through Cyrus)" (net.bible.org/#!bible/Isaiah+45).
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comment Does the Bible provide any passages that might help in understanding how Satan became sinful?
Your last sentence contains a good observation. While I am not convinced the wording of it expresses the truth behind it as well as it could, it nevertheless provides food for thought--as well as an invitation for further "unpacking." Again, good observation! Don
Jul
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revised How were people baptized in the name of Jesus without the Holy Spirit in Acts 8?
provided an addendum
Jul
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comment How were people baptized in the name of Jesus without the Holy Spirit in Acts 8?
@bruisedreed: You could be right. I'll edit my answer to make it less eisegetical. Much to my chagrin I kind of skipped over some key wording in Acts 8, particularly in verses 15 and 16. The edit comprises the "addendum" to my answer. Don
Jul
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revised How were people baptized in the name of Jesus without the Holy Spirit in Acts 8?
erratum
Jul
13
answered How were people baptized in the name of Jesus without the Holy Spirit in Acts 8?
Jul
12
comment How was Abraham able to rescue Lot?
Good job! Interesting "take" on Abram's victory over the kings of the cities of the plain. I've taken the liberty of reorganizing the material. No major changes were made. Further thoughts: as LCIII, above, points out, did the bitumen pits perhaps contribute to Abram's victory? Also, any scholarly sources for your analysis? Don
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revised How was Abraham able to rescue Lot?
organized for better scanning; a few errata here and there; minor punctuation changes
Jul
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revised What does it mean to “be saved”
excised one word!
Jul
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revised Is the “dark night of the soul” mentioned in the Bible?
erratum
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revised Is the “dark night of the soul” mentioned in the Bible?
a few errata