Professor, Dept of Religion, Hillsdale College, 1988-
Home: 4333 South Dr, Hillsdale, MI 49242
Office: 517-607-2381 • Cell: 517-610-9612
Education Ph.D. cand. (abd) Yale University, New Haven, CT
Religious Studies (New Testament)
M.Phil., 1987 Yale University, New Haven, CT
Religious Studies (New Testament)
M.A., 1983 Yale University, New Haven, CT
Religious Studies (New Testament)
Spec. Stud., 1981 Denver Seminary, Denver, CO
3Źme Degré, 1980 Alliance Francaise, Paris, France
Mittelstufe II, 1980 Goethe Inst., Freiburg/Berlin, FRG
M.Div., 1978 Fuller Theol. Seminary, Pasadena, CA
B.A., 1974 Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Political Economy, Magna cum Laude
Diploma, 1970 South High School, Denver, CO
Background 1997- Professor, Introduction to Islam (biennial course)
in Islam 2016 Hillsdale College Dept of Religion
2003 Organized Honors Program summer travel itinerary
for 4-week trip through historical sites in Turkey
2004-08 Led 20-25 Honors Students annually on trip to Turkey
2008 Developed summer program for Hillsdale Hostel
“Islam and the West”
2008-16 Instructor, “Islam and the West” Hostel Program
2009-16 Instructor in Islam, Road Scholar Hostel, Michindoh
2014 Directed private trip to Turkey for community adults
2015 Lecture to Hillsdale International Club on Islam
Professional 2002-16 Cushwa Society, Notre Dame
Responsibilities, 2010-16 Steering Committee, American Christianity, ETS
National 1997-09 Steering Committee, Jonathan Edwards Study Grp, ETS
1994-98 Chair, Exegesis of Biblical Texts on Ethical Themes, SBL
Professional 1989-16 Chair, Faith in Life Lectureship, Hillsdale College
Responsibilities, 1990-16 Faculty Advisor, Theta Alpha Kappa Rel Honorary
Local 2013-16 Steering Committee, Gershom Lectureships
Academic 2006 Emily Daugherty Award for Senior Teaching Excellence
Honors 2003-08 Director, Hillsdale College Honors Program
1982 Rotary Foundation Finalist, Colorado
1980 University Fellowship, Yale (4-year)
1979 Danforth Foundation Honorable Mention
1974 Rhodes Finalist, Colorado
1974 John Edmund Moody Fellowship (Oxford), 1st Alt.
1974 Carroll A. Wilson Fellowship (Oxford), 1st Alternate
1974 David A. Wells Prize for Political Economy
1973 Phi Beta Kappa Society
1973 Williams College Purple Key Society, President
1970 National Council of Teachers of English Award
1970 Gates Rubber Company Foundation Scholarship
Publications “A Biblical View of the Family,” Hillsdale Forum, February 29, 2012.
“Alexandria Troas,” Biblical Archaeological Review, November, 2011.
“The Sovereignty of God in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards.” For the Fame of God's Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper, edd. Samuel Storms and Justin Taylor. Crossway, 2010.
“The Bondage of the Will and Divine Election in Paul,” The Grace of God and the Bondage of the Will, edd. Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce Ware. Baker Book House, 1994.
Re-issued in: Still Sovereign, edd. Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce Ware. Baker Book House, 2000.
Review of One Holy and Happy Society: The Public Theology of Jonathan Edwards by Gerald McDermott. Pennsylvania State Univ. Press, 1992. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 38/2(1996), 453-54.
“Offline 32: Report on the Packard Humanities Institute CD-ROM,” Bulletin of the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion (March, 1991).
repr.: Religious Studies News (March/April, 1991), p. 15.
Review of America's Theologian: A Recommendation of Jonathan Edwards by Robert W. Jenson. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 33(1990), 403-405.
Review of Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography by Iain Murray. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 32 (1989), 408-10.
“The View at the Margin,” Hillsdale Collegian, Feb, 1989.
Reprinted in The Hillsdale Magazine, Spring, 1989.
Review of Briefformular und rhetorische Disposition im 1. Korintherbrief by Michael Buenker, Religious Studies Review 11/3(July, 1985), 292.
Review of Ministering in the Pauline Churches by Pheme Perkins, Religious Studies Review 10/1(January, 1984), 71.
Indices for Steven D. Fraade, Enosh and His Generation, SBLMS 30. Chico, CA: Scholars Press, 1984.
“B. B. Warfield and Inspiration,” Studia Biblica et Theologica 10(1980), 27-43.
“Word and Spirit in the Works of Jonathan Edwards,” Studia Biblica et Theologica 9(1979), 49-60.
Policy Paper on Organized Crime, publ. for circulation in Washington, D. C., 1974
Papers Response to Paul Helseth: “The Legacy of John Witherspoon and the Founding of
read Princeton Theological Seminary: Samuel Stanhope Smith, Ashbel Green, and the Contested Meaning of Enlightened Education”, ETS, November 18, 2015
Response to Andrew Grosso, “Help My Unbelief: Michael Polanyi and the Challenge of Faith in the Modern World,” Hillsdale College, March 24, 2015
Response to Eduardo Echeverria, “Double Predestination in Dutch Neo-Calvinism,” Hillsdale College, February 8, 2015
Address on National Day of Prayer, Hillsdale College, May 1, 2014
Chapel address, University of Northwestern, St Paul, “Jonathan Edwards on Justification,” April 22, 2014
“Can a ‘Good Christian’ Endorse the ‘Morality of Capitalism’?” Hillsdale College Liberal Arts Forum, October 19, 2012
“Ancient Hittites and Our Modern Constitution,” Hillsdale Rotary Club, Feb 27, 2013
“Leviticus Alive! Ritual and Redemption,” Cincinnati Bible Conference (6 lectures), October 13-16, 2012.
“Faculty Roundtable: The U. S. Supreme Court,” Hillsdale College CCA, September 2012.
Commencement Address. Veritas Academy, Worthington, OH, June 2, 2011.
“The Abgar Inscription,” Hillsdale College CCA, November, 2011.
“The Power of the Cross,” Pastors Conference, Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (3 lectures), November 9-10, 2011.
“Christianity and Evolution: Can One Believe Both?” Liberal Arts Forum, October 21, 2011.
“Josef Pieper on the Liberal Arts,” Hillsdale College Honors Program Retreat, (3 lectures), August 26-27, 2011.
“The Church’s Upside-Down Mission,” First Presbyterian Church of Hillsdale, Mission Project (5 lectures), August, 2011.
“What is Leadership,” Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Symposium, February 18, 2011.
Commencement Address. Christian Academy, Indianapolis, IN, June, 2010.
“Faculty Roundtable: Biography and Historiography,” Hillsdale College CCA, November 13, 2008.
“Alexandria Troas: Location. Location, Location,” The Ephesus Meeting, Ephesus, Turkey, May, 2008
“For the Love of Honor,” The Ephesus Meeting, Ephesus, Turkey, May, 2007
“Faculty Roundtable: Great Economists of the 20th Century,” Hillsdale College CCA, February 2, 2006.
“Calvin in the Hands of a Not-So-Angry Jonathan Edwards,” Evangelical Theological Society, November, 2005
“Edwards and Justification,” Conference at Bethlehem Baptist Church, June 2005
"Adolescents Under God," Annual Hillsdale Exchange Club Citiwide Prayer Breakfast, November 23, 2004.
Response to Bill Evans, “Edwards in Context: Salvation and Union with Christ,”
Evangelical Theological Society, November, 2001
“Jonathan Edwards on Justification by Faith,” Evangelical Theological Society, November, 2000
“The Work of the Holy Spirit,” U of Michigan (IVCF) Graduate School Fellowship, October 9, 1999.
“Christian Philotimia: Hellenistic Honor in a New (Testament) Context,” Regional Meetings, Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society, Columbus, OH, April 15-16, 1999.
“The Bible and the Role of Women in the Church,” IVCF Michigan Regional Meetings, February 12-14, 1999; Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, March 3, 1996.
“One Nation Under God,” Annual Hillsdale Exchange Club Citiwide Prayer Breakfast, November 25, 1997.
“Interpreting Paul's Letter to the Colossians,” IVCF Michigan Regional Meetings, November 7-9, 1997.
“Why Be Good? Paul and the Hellenistic Moral Tradition,” Regional Meetings, Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society, Columbus, OH, April 11-12, 1996.
“Form and Function in Luke's Use of Literary Chiasm,” Regional Meetings, Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society, Pittsburgh, PA, April 6-7, 1995.
Faculty Essay, Hillsdale College Parents Newsletter. Fall, 1995, Vol. 1, no. 2.
“Delighting in the Law,” Tentmakers Youth Ministry, Wilderness North, Brimson, MN, August 12-14, 1995.
“Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark,” Tentmakers Youth Ministry Training Program, Minneapolis, MN. June 28, 1994.
“Academic Networking for Un(der)supported or Institutionally Unaffiliated Scholars: Making the Electronic Connection,” Computer Assisted Research Group, Society of Biblical Literature, November 23, 1991.
Civic Chair, City of Hillsdale Hospital Finance Authority
Involvement Member, Patient Rights Advisory Committee, Hillsdale Hospital
Member, Ethics Committee, Hillsdale Hospital
Chair, Long Range Planning Committee, Will Carleton Academy
Chair, Hillsdale Area Young Life Committee
Elder, College Baptist Church, Hillsdale, MI
Pulpit Supply: various area churches
Personal Wife: Joni Westblade, R.N. (Operating Room), married 33 years
Son/Daughter-in-Law: Lucas & Shannon, Young Life Area Director, Big Sky, MT
Daughter: Julia, grad student in Library Science, Wayne State Univ, Detroit
Daughter: Kirsten, senior, University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN, Kinesiology
“Extra” daughter: Anna (from Moldova, for 3 years of high school)
Grandson: Gideon James Theophilus Westblade, Big Sky MT (b. June, 2016)