Hello, RZIM family and seekers. I look forward to the privilege of getting to know you as we learn from each other and grow as the Holy Spirit leads us.
I am a 62 y.o. single, retired medical doctor (pathologist) and biology professor from Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A. I was invited to join Connect by Carson Weitnauer. In addition to degrees in biology and medicine, I have graduate degrees in ethics and in Christian counseling, and have lived my entire life with a life-threatening immune deficiency and the last 40 years with multiple autoimmune diseases. Thus I have experience as both a patient and as a caregiver, and as both a student and a teacher that may be helpful in discussions on RZIM Connect.
I hope to contribute by: 1. Addressing scientific and ethical questions that may arise, and directing questioners to other believers expert in the sciences who are better qualified to do so when a question exceeds the limits of my own knowledge. 2. Encouraging those struggling with issues of suffering, fear of dying, loneliness and mental illnesses, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Helping others learn through the suffering God permits in their lives and aiding them in getting past anger, grief and disappointment to grow closer to Him. 3. Offering possibly helpful orthodox perspectives on certain troubling Old Testament passages that, at first glance, seem to portray God as harsh, arbitrary, cruel, or anti-woman, e.g., ordering infants and animals killed when a city is put to the ban (destroyed as a burnt offering to God), saying women are unclean after bearing a child, and ordering the Israelites not to wear clothing made of blended fabrics or to get tattoos. (I am also hoping to gain insights from other believers on the passages that remain problematic for me.) My Old Testament professor at seminary had doctorates in both Semitic languages and Biblical archeology and is considered one of the world’s experts in both areas. He was (and is) a gold mine of valuable insights on the history, politics, customs, language and thought processes of the people of the Biblical world that I would love to share with others. His phenomenal teaching radically enhanced my understanding not just of the Old Testament, but of the goodness of God. The Old Testament no longer seems so disconnected from the New. Studying the books of the Old Testament has been much more fruitful and enjoyable and much less frustrating and bewildering since I took his classes. Many others have likely experienced similar confusion when approaching parts of the Old Testament. By sharing the things that I have learned from my professor and from other experts whose writings I have studied, perhaps greater clarity can be attained and, with it, a greater appreciation of God’s wonderful, loving character.