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I have been studying the Bible "in-depth" for 13 years now. My studying has taken me outside the Bible into some related topics: manuscript evidence, archeology, apologetics.
I received my Bachelor of Divinity in 2007 from Pensacola Bible Institute. During this time, I learned (among other things) how to read and interpret the critical apparatus in the critical Greek texts, deal with apparent contradictions, study church history, and, of course, a deep dig into the Bible and it's treasures.
In 2012, I obtained my Master's of Theology from Pensacola Bible Institute where I did a major thesis on the Deity of Jesus Christ and a minor thesis on the Worship of Science.
During this time, I have also been an Assistant Pastor, done personal work in a jail and a nursing home and done numerous street work, enabling me to help you with the practical side of the Bible as well as the intellectual side.
If you need any help in any area of Biblical studies (OT, NT, church history, Greek critiques, manuscript studies, theology, etc), not only can I help you, but I will enjoy it.
I love Chemistry. I think it's fascinating to see HOW things work and look at things on the molecular level. God has made our world wonderful, and when I get to see how He operates it, it amazes me.
My first love of Chemistry came in high school with my Chemistry teacher. His love passed on to me and my work in college gave me the ability to practice the theories. I enjoy science in general and do research ranging from archeology to genetics to string theory (of which Lee Smolin has an excellent book).
I really enjoy analytical chemistry and working with the periodic table. But all types of chemistry are intriguing to me and I will help you learn the concepts from the small equations to the big picture.
My background in science and math is fundamental to the knowledge I have now. Going through the rigorous A Beka curriculum in high school prepared me for obtaining my B.S. in Chemistry. At the 8th grade, I was testing college level in most of my courses. While in college, I obtained access to the Honor Chemistry Lab course with two other students. Additionally, I excelled in trigonometry and did well in algebra. While in college, my math was advanced up to Calculus II.
I have done studies in World History most recently finishing The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, the classic work on Hitler. Also I have done studies on Alexander the Great, The Persian kings, the Babylonian dynasties, the Waldensians, The French Foreign Legion, WWI and WWII battles, etc. I love history and I love to pass on the knowledge and love of history to others.
The way I teach history is to incorporate the people of history into the story. History is so much more than just dates, and if all you focus on is dates then you will probably not be interested in history. But once you see the interesting personalities in history, it becomes so much easier to learn.
While obtaining my Bachelor's of Divinity, I spent three years studying BIBLICAL Greek. I learned how to parse verbs, identify Greek grammar, translate, read and pronounce Greek, and went through J. Gresham Machen's Greek grammar book.
At the end of my three years of study, we had a final book review we had to do. It was a critical book review of Kenneth Wuest's Greek Nugget Books. I was assigned his Pastoral Epistles and went through every page analyzing and commenting on the subject matter.
I started taking Martial Arts when I was 10. I took Kickboxing and earned a brown belt black stripe, the step right before the black belt. Since then I have gained my Black Belt in Way of the Tiger Kung Fu.
I have been studying the martial arts incessantly and have a personal and practical in-depth knowledge of its history and methods. My studies have taken me into ninjitsu, karate, self-defense, Krav Maga and others.
I love to practice and I love to teach. If you need any help or pointers or need someone to bounce off strategies on, let me know and I can help you.
Organic Chemistry has a reputation for being a difficult subject, especially for people who are not fond of chemistry. But it doesn't have to be. I did well in Organic I and Organic II in college while working for my Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. I can take that knowledge and impart it to you in a meaningful way where you learn the foundational concepts and principles of Organic Chemistry. In addition to this, I have tutored students in college-level accelerated summer courses in Organic Chemistry.
Through this tutoring, I have been able to help them learn the basic concepts of this subject. We reviewed the hybridization concepts and how the tetrahedral shapes contribute to the reactivity of Carbon with Functional groups. We studied the reaction mechanisms of acid-catalyzed hydration, Grignard Reagants and other useful Carbon reactions. Additionally, we studied the IUPAC nomenclature for all things Carbon (Alkanes, Alkenes, Alkynes, Aryls, etc.).
If you are having trouble in these or any other area of Organic Chemistry, not only can I help you solve the problems that you encounter, but I can also give you the tools to understanding the concepts that are the foundation of Organic Chemistry. It is these concepts that I focus on the student learning. Because once you learn the concepts and "why" the reaction happens a certain way, you can understand the answer, regardless of how the question is phrased.
While completing my Bachelor's in Chemistry I spent a considerable amount of time preforming math (calculations, word problems, graphs etc.). Not only is math fundamental to science it is also fundamental to life. What I offer is to help explain the basic concepts of math and the basic structure of the math problems. I look forward to helping you learn this essential tool.
I love writing and have been proofreading professional and published material for nearly 15 years. My work has included the extensive work on my two theses for my Master's degree with covered over 250 pages of research. I obtained a 95% on those papers. I have done technical reviews, theses, individual research projects, and fiction. My ability to proofread is further enhanced by my insatiable consumption of books. I have around 2000 in my personal library covering all different kinds of subjects.
Public speaking is one of those subjects that people fear more than death (literally! the polls show that truth is stranger than fiction). But it doesn't have to be. If you're comfortable with your subject, know how to speak, how and when to gesture, and know your audience (among a few other things), you can be comfortable in front of strangers--to a degree.
I have taken classes on preaching, while obtaining my Bachelor's of Divinity, where we had to practice public speaking constantly. We practiced it class, impromptu, out in public, and at churches. I have had multiple opportunities to speak publicly covering a period of 9 years in churches, jails, nursing homes, street venues, and any available opportunity. I have exercised public speaking to crowds ranging from 10-300 people.
If you're shy or backward (like myself) and want some help with public speaking (like I needed and obtained), let me know and I can help you.
I love to read. Reading is not only valuable, but also is necessary. I didn't use to care for reading too much until my late teens. Then, while doing some research that forced me to read, I began a love for it that has continued to this day. Now I have thousands of books in my library.
If you can't read and comprehend well, then you're going to be limited on what you can learn. In the same vein, when God chose to communicate to man, He chose to do it through written words in the Bible. The Bible was actually used for grammar and reading in schools when they started out in America. (Actually, the schools were started in America for religious and spiritual reasons under the Old Deluder Satan Act.)
My love for reading coupled with the personal gain and satisfaction I have acquired from reading, motivates me to help others who want to learn to read better. If you are struggling with reading, let me know and I'll patiently guide you to a better grasp of the subject. I have helped others and I look forward to helping you.
My studies in theology include the work done for my Bachelor of Divinity (Theology I and Advanced Theology), and my work for my Master's of Theology (in-depth coverage on manuscript evidence, deity of Jesus Christ, concepts of the Trinity). Also, I have held Bible studies on Soteriology, Discipleship, Eschatology and others as well as taught Sunday School courses for Adult Sunday School at my church. These courses also included studies on denominations and religions (from the Muslims to the Jehovah Witnesses)to concepts of New Testament textual criticism.
I have done studies in World History most recently finishing The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, the classic work on Hitler. Also I have done studies on Alexender the Great, The Persian kings, the Babylonian dynasties, the Waldensians, The French Foreign Legion, WWI and WWII battles, etc. I love history and I love to pass on the knowledge and love of history to others.