About Me

My name is Jonathan. I am an information junkie who is happily married to a very talented, beautiful, and wise woman. I'm also the father of a little bundle of trouble-filled cuteness (three of them, to be exact). In my spare time as a husband and father, I also dabble a little bit in hobbies which pay the bills. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the original author(s), and those which are my own are subject to change at any time, for any reason whatsoever, and likely have already changed since the time I wrote them, and will certainly change over time again for various reasons which I don't have time to explain at the moment. After all, where there is no change, there is also no progress. Cheers!


  1. Hi Jonathan,

    I couldn't find an e-mail address to contact you.

    I'm an atheist and a listener of Dogma Debate. I just wanted to pop in and tell you how much I enjoyed hearing your perspective. It's refreshing to hear a rich, complicated, and nuanced defense of the Christian faith which takes the scriptural texts seriously. It's exceptionally difficult to find such a thing these days.

    I was continually frustrated by David's approach to the conversation. So often he stresses the importance of getting Christians to engage these topics in a thoughtful manner... then when he finds one who does (in you) he insists you treat them thoughtlessly. I would have liked to hear him rise to your level instead of dragging you down to his.

    That's really all I wanted to share. I'm looking forward to digging into your blog this weekend. Thanks again!


    1. Thank you for your kind words, Jarrod. I receive all comments from this blog in my inbox. So if you have any questions or concerns about what you find here, just ask and I would be happy to help.

  2. Greetings of peace. I stumbled upon your blog while searching for information on parables in Matthew 13. I found myself captivated with a feeling of peace as I read the words and description of the Messiah.
    I so wish I could comprehend the parables for class. '

  3. Very interesting interview on Dogma Debates, -

    What is your view on Jordan Peterson ?

  4. your background screen has the Literary Structure of the Sermon on the Mount, some chapter outlined for John's gospel... do you have a master collection of such chiastic/ lit structure things, or know of one that is good? Thanks, Andrew in Australia, pls reply to AndrewOlsenMail at gmail.com

    1. The background of my blog is all my handwriting on a notepad, which I took a photo of. I have lots of notepads with such notes, but unfortunately they're not all in one neat and systematic location.

      For Matthew's Gospel, I don't know of any book which takes on such a task, although a handful of them try. That is why I have posted much of my own research on the side-bar links here (Intensive Study: The Gospel of St Matthew & The Olivet Discourse). Athanasius Press has recently released Peter Leithart's two volume pastoral commentary on Matthew's Gospel. That has significant amounts of literary structures in them.

      Regarding John's Gospel, I recommend The Genius of John: A Composition-Critical Commentary on the Fourth Gospel, by Peter F. Ellis.

      I only recommend that work by Ellis because the book is almost entirely literary structure, and is very good. I disagree with him on the omission of the pericope adulterae to derive the letter's macro-structure, but that's a slight disagreement; it doesn't discredit the immense value and usefulness of Ellis' research.

      I Hope this helps.