My road in life has been direct.
First, I discovered how much I love to learn through study.
Fell in love with the woman I married.
Got accepted into an excellent graduate program.
Spent a year studying in Israel.
Got a job teaching at university while still pursuing my doctorate and raising a family.
Quit my teaching job and my degree program and worked in the entrepreneurial business world.
Returned to the academy, finished my PhD, and got a faculty appointment teaching in my field.
Finally learned my most important subject: how to enjoy my young family.


Dean's Endowed Professor of Biblical Studies

I publish scholarship and teach courses in my field.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Philosophy & Religion
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

Some days I work from home, and some days I go to the university. When I work from home I start early and spend most of the morning reading and writing. In the afternoons I run errands, including exercise. By 2:00 after eating my last meal of the day, I tend to various office chores. When on campus I teach my courses, attend meetings, and usually visit the library on my way out.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Without hesitation I say that the most important thing is to absolutely love the subject you are going to devote your life to studying and teaching. This is absolutely necessary because you will not make much money doing it even if you are among the lucky few to complete the requisite education and get hired. It has to be a fire burning inside you. This is not a job. It is a calling, and if you have any other conception of it you will not withstand the sacrifices required of you.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"We will be pleased to see you should do whatever you like with your life."

Challenges I Overcame

Changing careers