Steven Rein

God is still working on me ... I grew up in a Christian home and I have never doubted my faith. Even so, I have had some real challenges along the way. It is easy for me to view myself as inferior to others no matter what the Bible says. This happened, I believe, because a lot of academic things came very easy to me ... until they didn't. It seemed as if I was thrown into a world where everyone else what better and smarter and perfect and I wasn't. The good thing for me is that God fully loves me no matter what. No matter what I've done or will do. Ultimately I may fully get to experience God's grace, but until then, I do see on a daily basis that when am willing to do what God asks me to do, he is able to bless others and through that, I experience joy.

My Life

Favorite Quote

Tolerance is another word for indifference. - W. Somerset Maugham

Fantasy dinner guests

St. Francis, Theodore Roosevelt, Bill Wilson, LBJ, and Anne Lamott. But I guess Tom Hanks could sub in for one of the others if they aren't free.

Best advice I ever received

Understand that I am powerless over the past, the truth and other people

My undergrad alma mater


My worst subject in school

Any Foreign Language

In college I drove

1980 Honda Civic

If I weren't a professor, I would

Live in a van where I could work remotely from anywhere

Favorite books

A Man in Full - Tom Wolfe

Favorite movies

Apocalypse Now and Singing in the Rain

Favorite city


Favorite coffee

Whatever we brew at home ... I don't have to go out

Nobody knows I

Want a tattoo of Leviticus 19:28 in Hebrew

My latest accomplishment

Elected to the academic senate of the largest University System in the World