Ever seen one of those plate-spinning circus acts? That’s my life. Hence this message. What follows is designed only to be transparently honest.
Let me paint the picture for you. I do not work at home. I have no vocational ministry that makes me independent. I have no secretary or any other administrative help. It’s just me. I have a regular FT job. I am an adjunct professor at two schools. I maintain three blogs, six websites, and my own online institute. I also have two podcasts. After all that I actually try to write for scholarly publication. I’m currently working on a book with a manuscript deadline of Sept 1. I also have a wife and kids who are nice to see now and again.
Consequently, I have (literally) anywhere from 15-30 minutes per day for personal email. That means while you can contact me by email using the form below, I will read your email (eventually), but I will likely not reply to it.
4. The divine council (see my divine council site). This includes questions about the sons of God (I don’t take the Sethite view, as biblical theology didn’t begin with Augustine) and the book of 1 Enoch (you can read it online just as well as I can).
5. Azazel in Leviticus 16.
6. Psalm 82 and silly (but common) objections to plural elohim in that passage of the OT. See my divine council website again.
7. Sheol (or, “Did Israelite religion have a heaven and a hell concept?”)
13. Anything to do with prophecy. I don’t like any eschatological system since they all cheat and are driven by a specific set of presuppositions. I really don’t care about the subject, though I did take a couple months on one of my blogs to write about why I say what I just said about prophecy
All of the above means that you need to resist the urge to give me homework. I won’t do it.
It isn’t unusual for people to email me and ask that I look things up for them and evaluate articles, videos, podcasts, websites, and even entire books. I’m one of those people who can account for every half hour of every day, and believe me when I tell you that I don’t need more to do (see my plate-spinning description above). If you want to know what I think on something, summarize it in a paragraph (defined as 2-3 sentences of normal length). Then it’s manageable—but see the notes above. I can’t be your private scholar or your library (you should invest in one).
My apologies, but it’s the reality of it all. I’m just being honest about it. I can’t change the circumstances.