Dr. Platypus

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Who are you?

I’m a curriculum editor in Macon, Georgia. I’m married, with one exceptionally bright and incredibly mature daughter. I was formerly a pastor in Indiana and occasionally I am an adjunct professor in the Christianity department of the local university.

My family is very active in our church. I’m a Baptist, but not a very good one.

Have a question or a comment? Feel free to use the comment form below:

How did you end up so…well…the way you are?

You can read here and here about some of my theological influences.

Are you really a “Doctor”?

Yes. I have a Ph.D. in New Testament, but I only use it in dire emergencies.

Is anybody paying you to blog?

No. The opinions expressed here are my own and do not necessarily (or even approximately) reflect the views of Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Mercer University, First Baptist Church, the Egalitarian Christian Alliance, my kid’s school’s PTA, other people named Pursiful, or any other group or organization with which I have ever been associated.

What’s all this “platypus” stuff about?

Find out here.

What is your favorite anagram of “Doctor Platypus”?

Apt post? Cry loud!

OK, smarty, how about “Ornithorhynchus anatinus“?

As I honor his uncanny truth.



  1. […] Characteristics of the Rule of God Dr. Darrell Pursifal, blogging as “Dr. Platypus,” has three great posts on the character of the Kingdom or Rule of God in Jesus’ teaching. Darrell is trained as a NT scholar and these posts represent a fairly accurate account. Well worth checking out here , here, and here. […]


  2. Frank Allen says:

    Dear Darrell,

    I really find your blog and page warmly interesting. I am a classical Pentecostal boy (45 year old clergyman with the Church of God, Clvn TN). I come from paternal Baptist roots and maternal Holiness (Saved, Sanctified, Holy Ghost Baptism) roots. I acted as though the church really began late 1800s. Until I had a near death bout with cancer. I read church history, writings of the church fathers and history of the reformation only to finish those long boring books and my goal was not to learn, only to retain for the test and then flush my mind of that impractical lengthy and boring stuff. However, I find myself appreciating the early church and especially the church fathers. Whilst I still like my ‘church’ loud and lively, I have developed a great appreciation for the liturgical thoughts. For nearly two years we have been reading from the lectionary list every Sunday in church.

    I founded a quasi rescue mission that is supported like a traditional rescue mission. We have the lame, maim and crazy on Sunday morning in our inner city chapel. While visiting donor sacramental churches I almost ‘shouted
    and got happy’ (traditional pentecostal term when something spiritual evokes an emotional response’ because the words that they were reading rather lethargicly really took meaning in my life. So, began my research . . . I have become the only thing worse than a catholic – ecumenical (in spirit not doctrine). I realized that the church did not began with reformation, revival, pentecostal at the turn of the century charismatic renewal of the 70s. All of these things are continuations build upon many years of prayer and soundness.

    Thanks for your insight – Frank


  3. I’ve been looking around bible-oriented blogs, trying to find stuff worth reading. And you’ve got whatever it is that makes a good blogger. Keep the faith,

    Mitchell Powell.


  4. Bruce Conn says:

    Hey Darrell
    had a thought this morning, Kinda relates to the new evidence of the nearby Roman city.
    So I’ve always thought of Jesus as a son of a poor laborer in a backwater town in a backwater country. But Jesus read from the Bible, at least the book of Isaiah. Question is how educated do we think Jesus was?


  5. DimLamp says:

    When you say above: “I’m a Baptist, but not a very good one,” what do you mean?


  6. Gary Lett says:

    Would like to know specifics on the painting of Christ used on this page. Name, artist, date, present location, please. Thank you


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