My Professional Life

God has provided my living since 1988 through the practice of law. I am presently “Of Counsel” with The Lanier Law Firm LLP, in Houston, Texas.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Houston College of Law (1988).
  • Graduate studies in theology and philosophy at Covenant Theological Seminary and Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis County, Missouri.
  • Master’s (1968) and Bachelor’s (1967) degrees in biblical languages, Abilene Christian University.
  • Associate of Arts degree (1965), Florida College.
  • Grades 1-12 (class of 1962), Athens (Ala.) Bible School.

Publications – Books – Currently in Print:

  • Hell–A Final Word (Surprises I Learned From the Bible) (Leafwood Publishers, 2012).
  • The Divine Rescue: The Gripping Drama of a Lost World and of the Creator Who Will Not Let it Go (Leafwood Publishers, 2010).
  • Hebrews: Ancient Encouragement for Believers Today (Leafwood Publishers, 2009).
  • The Great Rescue: The Story of God’s Amazing Grace (Leafwood Publishers, 2002).
  • The Sound of His Voice: Discovering the Secrets of God’s Guidance (Leafwood Publishers, 2002). Formerly titled Beyond the Sacred Page, revised and enlarged.
  • Two Views of Hell: A Biblical and Theological Dialogue, co-authored with Robert A. Peterson (InterVarsity Press, 2000).
  • The Fire That Consumes: A Biblical and Historical Study of the Doctrine of Final Punishment, 3rd edition (Wipf and Stock, 2011)

Books online:

  • Our Man in Heaven: An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews (Baker, 1974)
  • The Grace of God
  • A Journey Toward Jesus
  • Christianity Without Ulcers
  • The Restoration Movement Fulfilled in Jesus Christ
  • One Life, Death & Judgment
  • Four Gospel Slogans

Books – No longer available:

  • Editor, Resurrection: Essays in Honor of Homer Hailey
  • Questions & Answers
  • Expository Outlines on Ephesians
  • Gold from the Gospels
  • Preaching with Power
  • Sermons that Strengthen
  • Sunday Night Sermons
  • Simple Sermons that Say Something
  • Sermons to Grow On
  • Sermons that Demand a Decision

Publications – Articles:
Scholarly and popular articles published in —

Founding editor of The Good Newspaper, a national, biweekly, interdenominational Christian newspaper (1982-1985).

“An Exegetical Study of Four Pauline Passages on Christian Unity” (1968 Master’s Thesis at Abilene Christian University).


  • Adjunct instructor in biblical studies:
  • Meramec Community College, St. Louis, Missouri (1970-72).
  • Christian College of America, Houston Texas (1986-87).

Lectured and/or presented papers at:

  • Fuller Theological Seminary.
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Illinois).
  • Abilene Christian University.
  • Pepperdine University.
  • Bible College of New Zealand.
  • Carey Baptist Bible College (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • David Lipscomb University.
  • Covenant College (Tennessee).
  • Athens College (Alabama).
  • Ontario Bible College, Canada.
  • Toccoa Falls Bible College (Georgia).
  • Freewill Baptist Bible College (Tennessee).
  • Taught/lectured at Churches of Christ; Independent Christian; Baptist; Methodist; Presbyterian; Pentecostal; Advent Christian; Episcopal; Nondenominational.

Radio and television:

Extensive radio speaking in Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, Oregon, California and other states since 1966. Radio and television guest appearances and videotape productions.

Professional Associations:

  • Evangelical Theological Society — member since 1972 (active); presented papers at regional and national conferences; former regional vice-president; published several scholarly articles in ETS Journal.
  • Society of Biblical Literature (former long-time member).
  • Past board member of Christian Conciliation Service of Houston.
  • Past board member of Christ’s Prison Fellowship.
  • American Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Houston Bar Association.


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