ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Painter is a "tent-maker,"
retired from twenty-five years as a college professor in electrical engineering,
aerospace engineering, and computer science. Previously, he was a NASA
"rocket scientist" for ten years and an Air Force Navigator for five. Heís
married to wife, Joy, and has four grown children and seven grandchildren.
He was born in 1934 in
Winfield, a small town in Kansas. His father was literally "The Music Man,"
until he went on to be a professor at the University of Illinois. Johnís
mother was a concert-grade pianist and ensemble accompanist. The maternal
grandfather was a driller, following the oil fields from Pennsylvania to
Texas to Kansas. Johnís paternal grandfather was a school superintendent
in Missouri, as was his father before him.
As a child of the Midwest
born in the Depression, John grew up in a Christian society. As the product
of academic forbears, he saw unbelief obtain its foothold in America though
academia. He had a front-row seat for the decay of American morality produced
by a deliberate rejection of God, proceeding from the bastions of higher
education. He witnessed it, but he did not perceive it [Isa.6:9].
When he was nine, John
accepted Jesus in a First Christian Church. What he actually accepted was
the preacherís offer of forgiveness of sins if you just came down front
and got some words said over you. That sounded like a pretty good deal
to the boy. John hadnít the foggiest idea of what a Savior and Lord was.
His understanding of Christianity was essentially that of Tom Sawyer. Although
John didnít understand the covenant into which he was entering, God did.
And, God kept His end of the agreement.
Although John was descended
from a long line of teachers, he was not taught that most important fundamental.
He was not taught the details of the story of Jesus. He was not discipled.
He didnít understand what he owed to Jesus. He had no idea of how spiritual
things worked. And, not understanding spiritual things, he did not understand
the world. He thought that the world was what Hollywood portrayed and the
universities taught. He thought this for exactly forty years after he was
baptized. Then, God intervened.
One day in 1983, at the
age of forty-nine, John realized that he was standing on a slippery slope.
It was, you might say, a vision. He was standing on a slippery slope and
it was rapidly getting slicker. He was about to lose his footing and slide
to the bottom. Except, he couldnít see any bottom. Where did it lead? What
was down there? John knew that he didnít want to find out. So, he made
a decision. He decided to seek God. And, God instantly met him where he
Immediately, strange things
began to happen in Johnís life. A lot of strange things, like visions,
and scripture citations that would just come into his mind, and an appetite
for the Bible. A voracious appetite for the Bible. Many of these things
were what an open-minded man would call supernatural. They were not accounted
for in the rational secular worldview. But, John knew the mathematical
theory of information. He knew that the more unlikely the event, the more
information it carries when it occurs. He knew that he had better pay attention
to what God was doing in his life. He had better pay attention and he had
better write it down. And, that was the beginning of the writing.
In the succeeding fifteen
or so years, the Lord has had John write a lot. Most of it has been taught
in a laboratory class John has instructed in his local church. The material
has had a trial run, so to speak. He has taught some of it in seminars,
varying in length from one day to one semester. And, it has been developed,
refined, extended, and integrated. All the material has been in one context.
What Jesusí Church is, as contrasted to what the institutional church practices.
And, what Jesus is going to do about it.
None of Johnís writings
are of the analytical types associated with academic products. Rather,
they are revelations of the Bible, as given by God and put on paper by
John. His function has been that of a "seer in the words of God," like
Heman, who was a musician in the Tabernacle of David [1 Chron. 25:5]. Some
of these writings are now to be made available on the Web. The present
"About the Author" is to accompany these Web-based writings, so that the
reader may know a little about the authorís background.
May the blessings of our
Master be upon you as you read.
Present web-based writings hosted on HarvestNet ministries:
Ministries of the Prophet by Froukje Eibrink Jansen and
HOW DO YOU KNOW ...you are
in the will of God, concerning your calling by Dr. John H.
"Office" of the Prophet,
by John H. Painter