I have more than 30 years experience in the areas of religious studies, church history, apologetics, Messianic Jewish studies. I have also trained inmates in the federal and state prison systems. For the past three years I have been teaching pastors and home study group leaders live through the internet.
I am capable of teaching one on one, small groups and can present in a lecture format to mid to large groups. My style is designed to be interactive by encouraging student feedback.
I have authored the book, "The Ladder of Trust" (2007). "The Scribes Journal", a weekly weekly newsletter (2006) E Book "Isaiah 9;6-7 Explained" (2016) I am in the process of writing my second book, "The Atheist Nightmare" to be released 2016.
Belleville Area College (Southern Illinois University) 1967-1970 Messianic Rabbi Studies UMJC 1996-2000 Rabbi B'nai Adonai, Orlando Florida, 2002-2004 Various Churches, by invitation
My Ministry Bio can be divided into two sections: The Atheist Period and the Messianic Judaism Period. The Atheist Period: From the time that I was five years old until I finished the eighth grade in grade school I was taught for two hours a day, five days a week, 10 1/2 months a year for a total of eight years the Bible and church history. One hour for the Bible was taught, and one hour of church history. When I was 11 years old I had already outlined the entire Bible. My goal was to be a Lutheran Minister. A major tragedy happen in my life in 1969 that became a turning point in my life that turned me into an atheist that I pursued aggressively. I attacked the faith of my wife to purposely try to destroy her faith in God. It was not a frontal attack. It was guerrilla warfare. Once she figured out what I was doing, and at that point she stopped discussing her faith with me to protect herself. I also went after the faith of others. I knew church history and understood the major doctrines. Not knowing I was an atheist, I would attack them “head on”. I would take their Bible, knowing their doctrines, to throw doubts into their faith. Most people can explain what they believe, but very few can explain why they believe it. The “what” covers the knowledge, but the “why” covers their purpose. My questions were designed to attack the “why” of their faith. I did this for 10 years. Little did I know that God was going to step into my life through a radio program and change my life forever. Allow me to explain. We had just moved to Florida from Illinois. Within a week we had an apartment but most of the things were still boxed up. I had hooked up the stereo the night before but found that the string had broken that controlled the tuner. I could not change the station. At 5 o'clock that resurrection Sunday morning, I turned on the radio. It had been connected to a station called "WAJL". – “We acclaim Jesus Lord”. The man on the radio stated that he was going to prove legally that Jesus rose from the dead. I lost it! What happened for the next 25 minutes you would not believe. I started screaming questions at the radio. The radio would repeat my question exactly the way I said it and proceed to answer it legally as if he was in a court of law, not scientifically or traditionally. This process continued for a full 25 minutes before I realized I was arguing with the radio. At the end of the program the radio said something that I never forgot "Today the scepter is in your hand you have the right to choose. What are you going to do with Jesus? Tomorrow that's scepter will be in his hands and the question will be asked, "What will I do with you?" Today the choice is yours. The choice you choose God will honor. Tomorrow there will be no choice. What do you choose?” I had just had all my questions answered on the Resurrection. I realized that for ten years I was wrong. I also realized what I did to the faith of other people, including my wife, during those ten years. I made my choice – I will follow God until the day I die. I tried to find out who was on that radio, but was unable. The station put the tape on to cover the time and then destroyed it. They no longer needed it. - I was arguing with a tape made over three weeks old! The Messianic Judaism Period: When my wife got back from Israel in November 1991, she started doing those "Jewish things". As a person trained in Lutheran theology, it struck against every fiber of my being. A “holy jihad” hit our house and I led the charge. This lasted the full year of 1992 going into April 1993. In April we met a married couple who were members of a Messianic Jewish congregation and invited us to come to their services. To keep peace I agreed to go. My atheist mindset came back and I was determined to destroy this "new doctrine". The more I attacked the Rabbi with questions, the more the problems in Scripture disappeared. He was answering them from a Jewish context. I still could not handle those "Jewish things" that my wife was doing. I started to make plans to divorce her on November 1, 1993.The last week of October was the anniversary of this messianic synagogue. It was going to be celebrated in Daytona Beach. Because I knew what I was going to do on November 1, I agreed to go with my wife to this celebration. It was to be our last act together. Again, God moved to stop me, but not in a normal way. My wife wanted us to go through baptism, so on October 31, 1993, in order to please my wife, I agreed. A major thing happened coming up out of that water. When I came up from the water all my Bible study and knowledge had disappeared - GONE! I went into a state of panic. I could not explain why it happened; but I wanted it back. Question: When you are reading a book where do you start? Answer: At the beginning. That is just what I did. I started to re-study the word of God with a passion. I read the first five books in Scripture non-stop. I re-read the first five books in Scripture for the second time. I then developed an outline on what I read. For the third time I re-read the first five books, checking the outline, and then the rest of the Tanakh (Old Testament). Again I re-read the first five books and the Tanakh (Old Testament), then I started reading the Brit Hadashah (New Testament). My mind exploded! Everything I was reading was making sense from what I read in the Old Testament, but it had a Jewish context. I started studying the ancient Jewish customs, culture and history. In this context I could see a great deal of differences in a number of church doctrines. I never divorced my wife. We are still together and love each other very much. I have been in the Messianic Movement ever since as a God-fearing Gentile, and God has been moving in my life. Ministries: In 2002, I was the spiritual leader of a Messianic congregation (B’nai Adonai). This lasted for two years. During this time, I wrote a Passover Messianic Jewish Haggadah. Since that time, this Haggadah has been used by at least 11 congregations for their Passover Seders. It is also used when I teach the Passover Seder in churches. On June 26, 2004, B’nai Adonai became one of three congregations to join together in one night and formed a new congregation called “Gesher Shalom”: (Bridge of Peace) under Rabbi Charles Kluge. I now teach in our synagogue the "New to Messianic Judaism" class or adults and teens. In 2006, I started to produce a weekly free newsletter called "The Scribes Journal", taking the weekly Jewish reading from the Torah, called a “Parasha”, and place the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) in it. It is still being sent out today. In 2007, I published a book called “The Ladder of Trust”. It is on Amazon and Barnes & Noble Expanded Outreach This year Torah Life became a non-profit Teaching Messianic Corporation (Torahlife Ministries, Inc.). I teach the Scriptures in the Jewish messianic context to Gentiles and Jewish people in churches by invitation. I teach pastors and home study group leaders on Thursday nights face to face on the Internet about Messianic Judaism. At the present time, we are sending “The Scribe’s Journal” to Messianic congregations in nine prisons in three states. I visit and teach the inmate leaders scriptures from the Messianic context. We have an Internet Radio Podcast called “One New Man” in the iTunes store. It went into production on April 9, 2016. (Nissan 1- The Hebrew date of the consecration of the Tabernacle). I am in the process of writing another book called “The Atheist’s Nightmare,” which should be out at the end of 2016