About the Authors

Founder & Editor

W. Travis McMaken, PhD - Dr. McMaken serves as Assistant Professor of Religion at Lindenwood University (access his faculty page here; access his current CV here). He welcomes professional and/or theological inquiries, especially if you are a young theologian trying to find your way (derevth [at] gmail [dot] com), or if you are interested in studying religion at Lindenwood. You are also invited to follow Dr. McMaken and his work on Twitter and / or on Academia.edu. McMaken is ordained as a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He has broad research interests in the Reformed theological tradition and modern theology, especially figures like Karl Barth and Thomas Torrance, as well as in ecclesiology. His current project is a book that addresses the intersection of theology and politics in the life and thought of 20th century German pastor and theologian, Helmut Gollwitzer.

Senior Contributing Author

Scott Jackson, PhD - I’m an independent scholar living in Northampton, Massachusetts, with my wife and son. I studied theology at Emory University and the University of Chicago. Currently, I’m most interested in dialectical theology, Reformed dogmatics, radical politics and social theory and, particularly, in how all these spheres might interconnect. I'm a member of the Episcopal Church, and my wife and I have been involved in various kinds of lay ministry in our area. Our home is in some peril of morphing into something resembling a (Protestant) Catholic Worker house, but I continue to be in denial about this.

Contributing Authors

Henry Coates - I am originally from a small town in central New Jersey. Although my mother is a PC(USA) minister, I grew up attending a small American Baptist Church with my father. After studying at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and King’s College, London, I worked for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, where I rejoined a Presbyterian Church. Then I served as a Young Adult Volunteer through the PC(USA) in Nairobi, Kenya, working as a photographer for Church World Service. While in Kenya, I discerned a call for pastoral ministry. I returned to New Jersey to pursue MDiv studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, and graduated in May of 2012. Currently I live and work in New Orleans as a chaplain for the Port. My time is most enjoyably spent in travel, preaching, good books, whiskey, board games, and tea drinking.

Brandy Daniels - I am a PhD student in Theological Studies, and a fellow in the Theology and Practice program, at Vanderbilt University. My previous degrees include an MDiv, as well as an MA in comparative literature and African American studies from Duke. I am interested in theological anthropology as it relates to categories of identity, and particularly in exploring how the theologies of Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer intersect with the critical theoretical projects of Michel Foucault and Judith Butler at precisely this juncture. I serve as the editor for the Speaking of Students newsletter for the American Academy of Religion, and I also have a personal blog where I write about theology, triathlons, bicycling, and beer, amongst other things.

Derek Maris - I am a PhD student in Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary. Some of the most influential theologians on my thinking are Jürgen Moltmann and Karl Barth, and I hope to use them as well as others to think through how eschatology and pneumatology relate in understanding God's transformative work in the world. I enjoy wasting time on the internet and listening to music, particularly 90's indie rock and grunge, as well as top shelf fingerstyle guitarists.

Kate McCray - I am a wife, a Southerner, an Eastern Orthodox Christian. I am a recent MDiv graduate from Princeton Theological Seminary and will be pursuing a ThM at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in the Fall. I spend my time studying the early Church, the Fathers and Mothers, and examining historical divisions. I am fascinated by the religions of the world, particularly Hinduism and Islam and especially where they intersect with Eastern Christianity. Ecumenical dialogue for me is not only a research interest but also a way of life as I personally navigate between Eastern and Western Christianities. I am interested in sensory worship, commensal practices, and in the practice of Orthodoxy in Western cultures.

Jon Nelson - I currently live in Princeton, New Jersey with my lovely and extraordinarily patient wife. I am a Senior MDiv student at Princeton Theological Seminary, pursuing ordination in the PC(USA) and eventual doctoral work in Systematic Theology. My primary interest lies in the doctrine of Holy Scripture, which gives me an excuse to indulge in a variety of interests in theology, hermeneutics, and biblical studies. However, many would say that my primary interest is listening to music and perusing music blogs.

Matt Warren - I had the pleasure of graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary with an MDiv and a ThM in systematic theology, I get to be one of the pastors at The Well in Feasterville, PA, and I teach courses in history and philosophy at Middlesex County College and Mercer County Community College. My favorite theologians are John Calvin, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Karl Barth, and my wife.

N.B. Any views expressed in posts on this blog are only necessarily the view of the author at that particular point in time, and should not be interpreted as anything more. In fact, it is best to think of blog posts as provisional attempts at articulating a position rather than as permanent or even semi-permanent articulations.


1 comment:

Able Baker said...

Hello my name is Able Baker I blog over at ThinkTheology.org

I wanted to invite you guys to comment whenever you would like on my "Wednesdays with Barth" series. I a reading through the Dogmatics and it really takes a community of conversation to grasp what we are reading.

I love Karl Barth and desire to better understand his theology.

Here is a link to our blog series...

Here is our Facebook group... https://www.facebook.com/groups/464201847030947/

Thank you!
Able Baker