I grew up in a small town in southern Illinois: Sparta. Our family of seven was religious but did not go to church - instead, we had a Bible study at home every week. I eventually began attending a church after I moved away, and then I went to a Bible college, and eventually a seminary. Now I work for Grace Communion International, and teach part-time at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. My interests are the Gospels, the epistles and theology of Paul, and ethics.