Contributors

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I am living in England, serving as Lecturer in New Testament and Free Church Tutor at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham University. My wife, Miranda, and I moved across the Atlantic pond with our four daring kids in 2011.

My PhD is from Durham University in John’s Gospel. I have an MDiv from Beeson Divinity School and a ThM from Duke. My first book is about cynicism toward the church and disillusionment with God—Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint (IVP Likewise, 2011). The second is TheoMedia: The Media of God and the Digital Age. Others are in the works. For my online articles, visit this page.

You can follow me on Twitter: @Byers_Andy.

Joel Busby (with Mandy)

I live in Birmingham, AL and serve at University Christian Fellowship, the college ministry of Mountain Brook Community Church. I finished an M.Div at Beeson Divinity School. I’m currently at work within the Doctor of Ministry program at Beeson. I help lead and support a ministry project in Haiti. More than these things, my greatest source of joy is my wife, Mandy and our two little boys — Henry and Leland. My writing/thinking/teaching interests lie in the realm of practical theology, spiritual theology, ethics/moral theology. Very interested in how the deep, rich and complex truths of our faith become articulated and embodied in the lived experience.

Chris Breslin (with Rachel, Noa, & Titus)
Chris Breslin (with Rachel, Noa, & Titus)

Chris Breslin is the Pastor of Oak Church in Durham, NC. The church gets its name from Isaiah 61: “Oaks of Righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His Splendor,” and strives to be a community of “hope, healing, and hospitality in and through Christ.”

Chris is the proud husband to Rachel, dad and jungle gym to Noa June (2011) & Titus Eliot (2013), and a baby girl on the way (July-ish 2015). A native Floridian, Chris moved to Durham in 2006. He later graduated in 2011 from Duke Divinity School with an MDiv. He irregularly contributes to the blog Hopeful Realism. He doesn’t so much enjoy writing, as having written, and he’s written for online publications like Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, Transpositions, & the Blue Indian. He is also the creative director and shipping assistant for Rach’s thriving cottage-industrial venture, Bullpin Apparel. He enjoys reading and learning about intersections between theology and the arts, tending his small flock of chickens named after saints and USA track stars, adding to his vinyl music collection, following FSU football, Bulls baseball, and Duke hoops. Some of his favorite authors are N.T. Wright, Eugene Peterson, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, T.S. Eliot, Christian Wiman, and Wendell Berry. Listen to Chris’ sermons from the Gathering Church & Oak Church.

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