I’ve been interacting with people in cyberspace since the late 80s. Most venues have been forums, or mail lists. I’ve owned, operated, and/or moderated many of these. I know their blessings and cursings, and overall I’m grateful for them. I still participate in several, and I read a good many more of them as a lurker.
For those who put stock in the personal context of a writer’s ideas, I’ll say that I graduated from Texas Tech University, with a major in philosophy, a minor in Greek, and more than minors in math, chemistry, and physics (the result of changing to a preseminary curriculum from science majors well into their implementation). I received a Th.M. from Dallas Seminary, with a major in Hebrew and OT studies. I’ve served as a pastor or very active lay minister in six congregations (three Bible churches, one Baptist church, and two Anglican parishes) over a period of 30 years. I am married to my first wife since 1981, and I am the father of four daughters.
A word about the blog ID “Fr. Bill” …
“Fr.” is an abbreviation for “father,” and I claim entitlement to that form of address on biological, legal, Biblical, spiritual, and ecclesiastical grounds. I am, as I said, the biological father of four daughters. I am legally the father-in-law of one young man (so far). Moreoever, I am that same young man’s godfather, having stood for him as godfather and sponsor at his baptism prior to his becoming not only my son in God, but my son-in-law. These uses of the title are licit on the gounds of copious Biblical pattern and precedent. Finally, “father” is the proper way I am addressed by members of my own ecclesial communion, or by others outside it who respect its customs.
If you are one of those who blanch at the use of the title “Father” because of what Jesus taught in Matthew 23:9ff, I will not hold it against you if you address me as “Bill.” I receive the application of the title to myself with joy from those who understand its blessedness and its compliance with our Lord’s teaching.