Welcome to the website!
This website helps me learn, as I research the Bible, basic theology and church history. Then I write out the results of my study. I trust people will learn with me. My perpetual learning does not allow me to call myself an expert, but a lifelong student. After and while I learn, I teach. Here’s one of my life verses:
God has placed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers … (1 Cor. 12:28, my translation).
I’m the third guy.
As noted, the motto of the website is:
Teaching the Bible, Basic Theology, and Church History
Let’s take it step by step.
My true love is the Bible. I am an avid student of it. I took graduate classical Greek at UC Irvine and UCLA and senior level at UC Riverside. I like to translate the New Testament and write commentaries as I go. I don’t know Hebrew well enough to translate it, but I write nontechnical commentaries on the Old Testament, just for my own learning. Translating and commentaries will grow the most at this website.
Why do I translate and comment on the NT? I learn; therefore I teach. Learning and teaching. That’s it, and in that order.
I’m not a professional theologian, but I’m a perpetual student of theology. I wrote my systematic theology articles to learn the basics, and now I post them online here. And I hope my studies enable me to teach it, when necessary and without complications, to the Body of Christ.
Further, basic theology is important because there is a great need in the upcoming generations and in these newer (or resurging) revival movements. Here is a verse of warning against straying. Ephesians 4:14 says in the context of the church being built up by the five ministry offices (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) that we must not be carried away by deceitful fads that come and go like the wind.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. (Eph. 4:14)
Paul wrote these final words about the church:
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (2 Tim. 4:3)
It’s a sobering warning. And Renewalists (Pentecostals, Charismatics and Neo-Charismatic and Independent Charismatic churches) are particularly susceptible to these teachers. It as been happening for a long time.
But let’s not be pessimistic. We can learn theology to know God better.
I’m not a professional historian. I don’t teach church history in a lecture hall, but by my writing. I share my findings at this website. Church history is more than just famous preachers or theologians. It encompasses anyone who calls on the name of the Lord.
In the context of church history, there are numerous royal biographies, beginning with Charlemagne, who was anointed by the Pope on 25 Dec. 800. The Tudors are interesting to me because they (all but Mary and Henry VII) launched the Reformation.
I mainly do research about the pioneers who came to America in the colonial period and early Republic and America after the Civil War and before the twentieth century. I include the Quakers in the Colonial Period because some of them were my ancestors, though I am not a Quaker. Some of them had more orthodox theology, while others did not.
Many of the wonderful historical people in this post claimed Christianity, so I consider this area to be church history, but on the people’s level, not church hierarchy. Did they live up to the Bible’s teachings? What was daily life like for them? What happened when they made mistakes during times of harsh punishments?
The courage and inner fortitude of these “little people” inspire me. Beyond the Quakers, a few of the names at this website are part of my family lines. But the posts are purposed to be more general. I hope their lives, revealed in documents, also inspire you to be courageous and strong to serve God.
I offer my notes in basic philosophy which I taught at community colleges and a university for about one decade, give or take. But I am not an expert in it, and I’m not even clear how I got roped into it. But I worked hard and learned a lot, though I’m glad I left it behind!
I loved teaching Humanities I and II. Look for it in the category Western Civilization. We need to preserve it from erosion and destruction by malevolent and misguided ideologies worming their way into it. I offer just some of my outlined notes here, which I typed into my computer after many countless hours of study.
Further, I taught world religions for about seven years (give or take) at various community colleges, and I learned, after much research and hard work, that these religions are deficient. They may have some valid points (e.g. don’t steal, live in peace, or tame your desires), but they do not truly and deeply understand who God is, who his Son is, and nor do they enjoy life in the Spirit. Therefore, the practitioners of these world religions struggle to keep all the rules and rituals and disciplines. They need the incarnated and resurrected Lord Jesus and the power of the Spirit.
I studied the Quran (Koran) and the traditions shortly after 9/11 and finally found the courage to write about Islam from 2004 to 2007 (I was nudged by the Spirit). I updated the sharia articles in 2012. They are hard-hitting because this is online writing. People had to be warned. However, when I meet someone of another religion, I try to build a bridge, one on one. Face to face, it’s better to be kind. In any case, I no longer write about it. But I offer these posts here for your information. I tried to keep them timeless, so they are still relevant.
Finally, I write about social issues and my own country. I believe the social fabric is being shredded by unwise people. I see the connection between this shredding and the putting down of my country. I oppose both actions and support upholding the social norms that are biblical and maintaining my country’s ideals, life and liberty and equality before the Creator, as written in the founding documents.
All right. That’s it for the “About” section at this website.
I hope the entire website edifies and educates you, as much as it does me.
‘Total Inerrancy and Infallibility’ or Just Infallibility? (my view of Scripture)