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Lorin

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Grew up in farm and ranch life about 70 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas near the small community of Perrin. Did undergraduate degree at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas (BA, 1964) and masters (MDiv, 1968) / doctorate (ThD, 1975) at Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth. Taught Koine Greek and New Testament at SWBTS 1974-1997. Then taught at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC (1998-2008). Pastored the IBC Baptist Church in Cologne Germany (2008-2010) before retiring and moving to Santa Ana, Costa Rica, where Claire and I now live.

Monday, June 19, 2017

LIFE JOURNEY IN MINISTRY:
A Curious Adventure into Unexpected Places
Posted now at cranfordville.com in the bio section of the website is the homepage for the latest project sparked by a commitment to present the story of ministry over my life from 1941 through 2017. I've entitled it LIFE JOURNEY IN MINISTRY. The project, when completed, will present my life story in a) video clips (3 parts of about 10 minutes each); b) Power Point Presentation format (14 slides); c) PDF file containing sound clips and narrative texts; and d) PDF file containing only narrative texts. The two pdf files also contain the Adobe 'sticky notes' which explain several of the pictures in the slides.
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God has done countless unexpected things in the over half century of Gospel ministry both in the US and outside it in Europe and Central America. Virtually none of them could I have even imagined as a youngster growing up in rural west Texas. 
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My hope is that this story provides readers with encouragement and inspiration to just turn loose and let God take you wherever He chooses. You will never regret giving him control over your life. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


The first chapter of Romans in the BIC volume 9 is now posted and available as a 120 page commentary on vv. 16-32. This is the first segment of the commentary on the entire letter of Paul to the church at Rome. The pdf file is available at cranfordville.com in the Biblical Insights Commentary series: 

http://cranfordville.com/BIC/Index_BIC.html 

Click on volume 9 in order to gain access to this pdf file. When Paul lays out the details of τὸ εὐαγγέλιον at the beginning of the letter body in verse 16, he begins by painting the dark picture of the depravity of rebellious humanity. It's an exceedingly dark picture that is presented. But it is also essential for good news as τὸ εὐαγγέλιον takes on its meaning with this backdrop and foundation. The apostle gives a portrait not just of depravity in his day but depravity across the centuries of human history, including our own. Along with his original readers in the ancient city of Rome, we desperately need to hear this message in our world today. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rom. 1:1-7 Praescriptio now in BIC

BIC Volume 9: Rom. 1:1-7, Praescriptio

The 38 page commentary in pdf format on the first seven verses of Paul's Letter to the Romans is now available online in the Biblical Insights Commentary series in volume nine at cranfordville.com. 
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Paul's opening of the letter of introduction to the Christian community at Rome is both traditional and highly creative. Traditional in that he follows his standard format in the Praescriptio that is found in all his letters. And this represents a creative adaptation of the standard Greek letter Praescriptio found in thousands of extent letters from this era. 
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But very creative in the expansion elements that are developed off the core expressions. They center on the εὐαγγέλιον θεοῦ, as well as the themes of κλητὸς / κλητοὶ and χάρις.

1 Παῦλος
        δοῦλος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ, 
        κλητὸς ἀπόστολος 
  • ἀφωρισμένος εἰς εὐαγγέλιον θεοῦ, ὃ προεπηγγείλατο διὰ τῶν προφητῶν αὐτοῦ ἐν γραφαῖς ἁγίαις περὶ τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ τοῦ γενομένου ἐκ σπέρματος Δαυὶδ κατὰ σάρκα, τοῦ ὁρισθέντος υἱοῦ θεοῦ ἐν δυνάμει κατὰ πνεῦμα ἁγιωσύνης ἐξ ἀναστάσεως νεκρῶν, Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν, διʼ οὗ ἐλάβομεν χάριν καὶ ἀποστολὴν εἰς ὑπακοὴν πίστεως ἐν πᾶσιν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν ὑπὲρ τοῦ ὀνόματος αὐτοῦ,  
  • ἐν οἷς ἐστε καὶ ὑμεῖς κλητοὶ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ,

 7 πᾶσιν τοῖς οὖσιν ἐν Ῥώμῃ  
            ἀγαπητοῖς θεοῦ, 
            κλητοῖς ἁγίοις, 

χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη 
  • ἀπὸ θεοῦ πατρὸς ἡμῶν καὶ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ.