As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. - Isaiah 55:9
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Here are a few of the Biblical scholars whose writings have influenced and inspired me over the years.
A few of them I have met personally, but most of them I have just admired from afar.
This listing should show that I am an "independent" theologian, as the basic theology
of these gentlemen span the gamut from Calvinism to Arminianism,
and includes Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Southern Baptist traditions.
Chair of New Testament and
Early Christianity ,
University of St. Andrews
Archpriest, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese,
Apologetics Research Society
Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology
Kansas City MO
Southern Baptist Seminary,
Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical School
Research Professor of Bible and Theology at Phoenix Seminary, Phoenix. Arizona.
Senior Minister of
Preaching and Teaching,
Saint Andrew's, Sanford FL.
Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church,
Former Preacher and Teacher,
Love Worth Finding
Past President and Professor,
Asbury Theological Seminary,
Theology is basically the study of things about God. You might ask why I am interested in theology. My answer is twofold. First, I am a scientist by education, training, and profession. I have an innate desire to explore in some depth various topics that come to my attention. Of course, I make a conscientious selection of topics I choose to delve into. I was raised by parents and grandparents who were practicing Christians, so I attended church regularly, and most of my close friends have been Christians. As I studied the Bible on my own, it occurred to me that this book had a lot of information about the history of Israel, the Jewish people, Jesus and His followers, and about the Apostle Paul. I found the book of Revelation something of a puzzle, so I didn't study it much until my later years. I also found in the Bible some good advice on how to live my life. Thus, as I continued my life as an adult, I studied the Bible a bit as I focused primarily on my professional education.
Second, I came to sense as I studied the Bible that I somehow seemed to gain insights that I later learned agreed with those of more learned theologians. I also remember a moment when as an eleven year old, I experienced an inspirational moment as I studied microscopic living things through a homemade microscope, a moment when I realized that our world was created. not just a happenstance of reality. It was as if a voice spoke to me and said, "I made that." So I began to realize as I grew older that God was active in my life, not only through what I was learning, but through the actions of other Christians in my life. I had strong urges to learn more about God and to share my understandings with others.
As a scientist, I did not just accept what others had to say about the Scriptures. I did learn from various theologians, I marvel at the spiritual depth of men like the ones I've mentioned above. I feel I stand on their shoulders as I learn more, but I tried to understand Scripture on my own, gaining insights from my own personal inspiration. More and more, I was amazed at what I found in the Scriptures. When I read the statement where Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." I was startled by what that meant. I realized that Truth was not something I could discover on my own. It was embodied in the Man who claimed to be the Son of God. I needed to learn from Him what life was all about. Through the prophet Isaiah, God said "My thoughts are higher than your thoughts." So I became a lay theologian.
Late in life, after I retired from my profession, I was ordained into the Christian ministry, primarily so I could serve in prison ministry as a clergy person. This was important in dealing with men in prison - they could share confidential information with me knowing that it would not be shared with others. Most of my ministry involves Christian Education, mostly teaching, but also administering education programs in the churches where I have served. I created these pages to share some of what I have learned related to theology, I hope others can learn something from what I have discovered and written, simplistic as it may be.
The following is a list of older articles on theological topics
I have written over the past several years.