My name is Edward L. Bromfield; Ed or Eddie to most folks; I’m really not a very formal person. I am married to a wonderful woman for over 45 years, have two beautiful daughters and two wonderful grandchildren. Both my daughters are married to wonderful husbands, and it pleases me to have lived long enough to see both of them fulfilling their lifelong dreams while walking with the Lord.
I enjoy living in central, eastern Pennsylvania in an old farm house in the Blue Mountains. Among my favorite past-times are enjoying my grandchildren, discussing things about Jesus with folks who enjoy such discussions, and simply enjoying my family and the times we are together.
I attend a Bible believing church. I’d rather not point out its denomination, because it may not necessarily endorse all of what I claim here, although we would agree upon all we are willing to die for. I was a Sunday school teacher over 25 years and really enjoyed sharing Christ in this way, but I recently (2019) set that responsibility aside.
I am over 70 and getting older, but I’m fine with that; I have learned to appreciate each stage of my life, from youth to the present. Looking back I am surprised with the brevity, disappointed with how much I’ve really learned, amused with how serious I have taken myself, and glad for Jesus in my life. I am a husband, a father, a grandfather and a Christian, and I’m still learning how to to be good at what I am. I like to read, but I appreciate most reading about things that concern my faith. I suppose I am focused, but probably not as retentive as I would like to be.
I take full responsibility for the studies on this website. I don’t seek to be different but some of my studies have a different point of view than that usually found elsewhere on Christian websites. Being different doesn’t make me correct. I may be wrong, so be careful when reading what I conclude. I don’t believe what I say in my studies is wrong; if I did, why would I post it publicly for all to see? I hate being wrong, and it is embarrassing to be corrected, so I try to be careful in what I say, and make an effort to support my understanding with appropriate Scriptures, sometimes pointing out why I believe the popular belief is wrong.
Other than spending a few years in “Whatsamatta U”, my highest formal education would be high school. So, that would make me a self-educated or self-deluded man. In which case, you may have the fun of deciding which that is!
I am also the administrator of other blogs: New Testament Musings; Coffehouse Apologetics; Ten Minutes A Day with Jesus; Things Paul and Luke; and Jesus Prophecies. I have found it easier to take content from here to specific blogs devoted to certain categories rather than try to place all the material here in menus at the top of the page.
What’s a Smoodock?
You already know, but you probably didn’t know it had a name! As nearly as I am able to tell, my uncle Frank coined the name. Anyway, a “smoodock” is something used to get one’s attention. One does it by holding back one’s index finger with one’s thumb. It looks similar to the position one’s fingers take when making the OK sign. The difference is pressure is placed upon the thumb with the index finger. Next, one places one’s hand about two inches from the head of the person whose attention one desires to have. The thumb acts like a trigger and releases the index finger whose constant pressure against the thumb now causes it to come crashing against the head of the one who has not been paying attention.
My uncle Frank used this on me quite often when I was acting up. It was never meant to hurt, but it sure was effective in getting me to listen up.
This blog isn’t written for the purpose of hurting anyone who reads it. It is not my intention to cause anyone any pain. However, I believe some of the things I have come to understand in the Bible over the years at times take a different approach to understanding God or what he has said than what I had been taught in traditional circles, or by most modern day authors. It was like a “smoodock” for me. Perhaps what I have to say will affect you in a similar fashion.
God be with you all, and may his word richly bless you.
(Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org)