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With a Doctor of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, including exegesis courses using Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek, and twenty-five years of Pastoral experience in a main-line protestant denomination, I am well poised to tutor and offer guidance in the area of Biblical Studies. Adopting Anselm's "Faith Seeking Understanding" I stand with one foot within the Church and the other foot within the Academy, straddling the historical-critical method of Biblical Studies, and am as far from a fundamentalist conservative as one may possibly be.
I have taught theology and ministry courses at a small Benedictine Liberal Arts College and Philosophy and Religion courses at a small Church Related Liberal Arts College. My favorite Gospel is John, followed by Mark. In seminary I translated and exegeted Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. I taught an undergraduate course on Pauline Literature.
I am not a Grand Master but I love chess and bring enthusiasm to the game with enough knowledge and experience to teach the beginner or intermediate but not so much knowledge or hubris to intimidate. I started playing chess soon after Bobby Fisher beat Boris Spassky to win the World Chess Championship in 1972. I am a member of the United States Chess Federation and regularly play on the World Chess Live internet chess site, preferring rated five and fifteen minute rated games against random opponents. My rating currently fluctuates between 1250 and 1400.
I earned an “A” in an undergraduate “Public Speaking” class and a “B” in a graduate level “Sound and Sense in Speech” practicum. I regularly prepare and deliver a 15-20 minute “Sermon” for public worship and have done so before more than a hundred people. I also taught and lectured undergraduate Theology, Religion and Philosophy to classes as large as thirty or students.
Successful Public Speaking demands that you have something to say, that you organize your thoughts, employ tools of logic and rhetoric, appeal to the heart as well as to the head, write well (writing for public speaking, not reading), and speak (enunciate, projection, phrasing) well. Proper stance, breathing from the diaphragm and overcoming or minimizing distracting personal habits are also essential.
I have tutored New York City High School Students in preparation for taking the English Language Arts Regents Exam as well as the Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II/Trigonometry Regents Exams. I am thoroughly familiar with these exams and by using recent Regents Exams can help students prepare for them by reviewing the appropriate material, brushing up on weak areas, reducing test-taking anxiety, and becoming more familiar with the layout, scoring, and content.
While my undergraduate degree was in “Social Service”, it included numerous courses in Religion. I hold a M. Div. (Master of Divinity) from Princeton Theological Seminary and a D. Min. (Doctor of Ministry) from Pittsburg Theological Seminary. I have also engaged in study at the Institute for Reformed Theology at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia. I studied Latin in High School, Biblical Greek in College and Graduate School, and Biblical Hebrew in Graduate School. While I do not claim fluency in any of those languages, I am certainly familiar with them, especially Biblical Greek.
I taught Theology at a Benedictine small liberal arts college Religion and Philosophy at a Presbyterian small liberal arts college. I am an Ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). I am an open minded and progressive person of faith and think that the questions we ask and explore are far more telling and important than any answers or knowledge we might gain. I subscribe to Anselm’s “Faith Seeking Understanding” as well as to Augustine’s "I believe that I might understand, and understand that I might believe". I believe, as Carl Jung did, that “Bidden or not bidden, God is Present.”