MidAmerica Nazaren University
My creative writing, other than letters to the editor, was first published in 1988. I have been writing regularly ever since. My interests include local history, etymology, vocabulary, dialect and reading in a variety of subject areas. I own, probably, the only 20-volume set of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in a wide area. No local library owns the set! I have written one book concerning phrases in our language with origins in the King James Bible, in which the OED was consulted heavily. I have many other book ideas and am presently at work on a book of profiles of local ministers. I write local history articles for newsletters and newspapers in the area. With my wife, I edit and publish books, mainly on local history.
I have worked full-time as a proofreader for four years. Writing was involved in several positions I have had. I have taught in the public school and prefer private, one-on-one or small group instruction.
In tutoring I will of course try to achieve the parents' objectives. I would also hope to instill in the students my love for language. The more vocabulary and language history a person knows, the less likely he or she will be use trite phrases and the better able to communicate orally and in writing.
My creative writing, other than letters to the editor, was first published in 1988. I have been writing regularly ever since. My interests include local history, etymology, vocabulary, dialect and reading in a variety of subject areas. I own, probably, the only 20-volume set of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in a wide area. No local library
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I grew up in the Church of the Nazarene and have been a Christian for more than 35 years. I memorized Scripture for Vacation Bible School and for Bible quizzing competitions.
Today, I am a member of a Southern Baptist church. I have facilitated an adult Sunday School class for a number of years, both in the Church of the Nazarene and in the Baptist churches. In explaining the lessons I make use not only of the denominational material but also Bible commentaries, study guides and dictionaries in my personal library. I strive to explain the historical context of passages when possible and give examples of parallels in today's world. I absolutely allow class members to have input in the discussion at any time. When questions are asked concerning Bible references, I strive to find the answers for future sessions if I don't already know them.
I believe that both the Old and New Testaments are inspired by God and should be studied together. The Bible version I generally use is the KJV.
Nearly every day I read from one or two devotional guides, as well as work on memorization of a particular chapter of the Bible.
I have been in services for most Christian denominations. I appreciate Christendom as a whole and admire aspects of each legitimate denomination. I believe that each one espouses aspects of the truth, but that no denomination should claim to provide the only path to heaven. A denomination cannot save a person. Only Jesus can.
In addition to editing my own articles and the books we publish, I worked as a proofreader for a telephone directory publisher for four years. Before I became involved in local history, I wrote free-lance devotional articles for national publications.