Robin was elected to the International Society of Theta Phi (1992). This is an honor society for theological students, scholars in the field of religion, and outstanding religious leaders. This society selects members. One cannot apply or lobby for inclusion in this society.
He describes himself as a "conservative, interdenominational (nondenominational) evangelical Christian brother in the Lord."
He has worked in several residential ministries. They include:
Turning Point - Staff - A Christian Drug Rehabilitation Program in Pompano Beach, Florida. The Fort Lauderdale Beach Christian Center - Staff - A Street Gospel Mission. East Tennessee Children's Home - Houseparent in Elizabethton, Tennessee.
He also pastored : Knob Creek Church of the Brethren - Johnson City, Tennessee, and Trinity Christian Church - Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Both accepted him as a nondenominational, evangelical Christian pastor.
Since 1998, he has worked as a salesman, and has used "free time" to write the materials now at your disposal. They arise from years of academic and practical Christian experience. He says it this way:
"These Ebooks and Articles, particularly the major ones, have been brewing in me for a long time. I have wanted - and needed - to get them on paper. In my attempt to share with you the truth about God on the addressed subjects, you will find material unlike anything you have ever read."
"Why Do You Give All Your Ebooks and Articles Away?"
That is a good question. There are several reasons. But before stating them, know that I do believe these Ebooks and Articles are valuable - and they did require a lot of work. Also, I have invested a good deal of time and money securing the academic and ministry credentials listed above. So, why do I give my work away?
1. The chance of securing a book deal is probably about zero. Publishers are primarily looking for celebrities, or previously established writers, to invest in - so, I haven't wasted my time ... or theirs.
2. Anything of value in my writings has come to me free of charge. God has never charged me for His knowledge, understanding or wisdom. Therefore, if I have gained the truth about God on any topic, it seems strange to place a money barrier in front of that insight.
3. The Internet, with its ability to download electronic books, is an incredible development. This makes it easy to share my work free of charge. The possibility of influencing your thinking, priorities and values ... is treasure far beyond money.
4. Each of my readers fall into one of three groups: A current brother/sister, a brother/sister to-be, or a never-to-be-redeemed individual (which I hope is zero after exposure to my work). Why would I want the money ... of any one of them?
Hoping the previous statements reflect a genuine honesty, some readers may see this work as an investment opportunity. But this is a conditional deal.
1.God is opposite of the world. I want you to first vet these materials, and if you qualify financially, you can respond. See the "Invest" page to see if you qualify!
2.Money is a tool. An evil of money resides only in the hand it occupies. Use your money to your best benefit.
3.As an investment: If God uses the materials here to strengthen or otherwise expand His Kingdom, you will be eternally recompensed by Him.
As an evangelical Christian , the first priority is to share the truth about God with others through any appropriate vehicle. That is what makes one an evangelical Christian - tell the message first! Money, if God deems it necessary to one's witness, will follow. As far as this material is concerned, as God has freely given to me, I freely give to you.
God does not dwell in error.
It does not matter if the error is innocent - or malicious.
It does not matter if it arises from simple ignorance - or calculated deception.
He can not be found in those wastelands.
He is the God of truth,
and it is only there He can be found.
The Way I Write
When one takes a strong position on a controversial subject, those who oppose are often offended. While some can disagree without being disagreeable, that skill has regularly eluded me. Maybe I haven't tried hard enough ... but, maybe I am not really the problem. My first year Greek teacher shared one of his sermon titles. I never heard the sermon ... but I did hear the title. "The Difference Between Causing a Brother to Stumble ... and Offending a Self-Righteous Pharisee." These represent two entirely different hearts. I seek to avoid doing the first part of that title, but the second ... I don't worry about too much. So, how might I offend you?
Stylistically, if you are looking for Kate Turabian, you won't find her here. If informal, colloquial English makes you cringe - my writing will offend you. But, I am offended by academic hollowness masked in formality, thesauruses, and exclusionary vocabulary designed to project intelligence. The use of big words, technical words, or foreign words does not prove accuracy (or validity) of thought when seeking to reveal the truth about God on a subject. That includes the misuse of New Testament Greek by many an evangelical Christian . But, ... to completely reject some degree of decorum in style and vocabulary is its own form of juvenile rebellion - so this is one time "middle of the road" may have merit.
Grammatically, I sometimes mix numbers (persons), use contractions, and leave prepositions at the end of sentences. I even use double negatives (incidentally, Koine Greek employs double and triple negatives for emphasis. If God uses such a literary devise, you might reconsider this "offense").
And there are other offenses to be had - just in the mechanics of my writing. Some will not like my use of the dash, or bolding, or italics.
All these offenses occur before any offense is taken to the substance of my writing.
Concerning substance, I regularly violate principles of persuasion. Sometimes I mock the wilfull ignorance of my opposition. I even assign base motives and make no attempt to separate them from those motives (you know, "love the sinner, hate the sin" thing). I even use sarcasm. I tease my readers, challenge my readers, state conclusions in introductions, and alternately scold - or warn - my readers. Some may label me "a literary terrorist" - not an evangelical Christian !
However, when dismembering contrary persuasions, I have tried to avoid creating a " Straw Man." To mischaracterize, misquote, or otherwise misrepresent the opposition - and tear that to pieces - accomplishes nothing. That's an attack upon air. Meanwhile, "The Real Man" remains unscathed - amused at the wasted energy. In order to bring down "The Real Man" one must attack "The Real Man." My goal is to speed the inevitable demise of the Left - political and theological. I can only succeed by causing "The Real Man" genuine injury. This I seek.
The defense for my writing style lies in this fact. Had I tried to write the way others might want, these materials would never have come into being. The fun of writing would have been killed. I have written these as much for myself as anyone else. Much of this has been churning inside me for twenty plus years and, for my own well being, I needed to get it out. The truth about God on so many fronts has been compromised - to the detriment of all. So, for good or bad, well or ill, the reason these Ebooks and Articles have been written the way they are is because this is - The Way I Write.