“Endeavor to promote spiritual appetites by laying yourself in the way of allurement. We are to avoid being in the way of temptation with respect to our carnal appetites. But we ought to take all opportunities to lay ourselves in the way of enticement with respect to our gracious inclinations.”— Jonathan Edwards, “Sermon on Canticles” 5:1
B.A., Williams College
M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
M.A., Yale University
M.Phil., Yale University, 1987
Born and raised in Colorado, I reached Michigan by way of an educational path through Massachusetts, California, and Connecticut, plus a two-year sojourn in Germany and France for language study. I met my South Dakota wife, Joni, in Denver and we married in 1983. We have three married children and two grandchildren, who live in Illinois, Virginia, and Minnesota. I have taught courses in Early Christianity and Bible at Hillsdale since 1988. I was ordained in the Baptist General Conference (now Converge) in 2005. Outside my professional, academic life I am invested in the ministries of Young Life, InterVarsity, and College Baptist Church. I play racquetball at least twice every week and love to ski and travel. Turkey and Uganda stand out among my most beautiful and frequent international destinations.