Rev. Dr. Leah E. Robinson is Associate Professor of Religion and Practical Theology in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has previously served as Lecturer in Practical and Pastoral Theology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland as well as Lecturer in Practical Theology and Peacebuilding at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. You won't want to miss her new book, Bad Theology
Dr. Bashaw is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Ministry. Her research interests include Gospels studies, the work of Rene Girard, Biblical Hermeneutics, Homiletics, Spiritual Formation, and Religion and Pop Culture. Her recent academic contributions include work on Girard and dystopian literature, empathetic imagination in preaching, and characterization in the Gospels. She is passionate about ministering in the church and has served as Children’s minister, Youth minister, and Associate Pastor in various Baptist churches over the last fifteen years. Dr. Bashaw is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA.
Dr. Peter Enns (PhD, Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University, St. Davids, PA. He has taught courses at several other institutions including Harvard University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. Enns is a frequent contributor to journals and encyclopedias, and is the author of several books, including, Curveball: When Your Faith Takes Turns You Never Saw Coming & The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It.
Tripp just moved back to North Carolina after three years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Theology & Science at the University of Edinburgh. He recently released Divine Self-Investment: a Constructive Open and Relational Christology, the first book in the Studies in Open and Relational Theology series. For over 14 years Tripp has been doing the Homebrewed Christianity podcast (think on-demand internet radio) where he interviews different scholars about their work so you can get nerdy in traffic, on the treadmill, or doing the dishes. Last year it had over 4 million downloads. It also inspired a book series with Fortress Press called the Homebrewed Christianity Guides to... topics like God, Jesus, Spirit, Church History, etc. Tripp is a very committed and (some of his friends think overly ) engaged Lakers fan and takes Star Wars and Lord of the Rings very seriously.
Anna Sieges holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Literature from Baylor University. She teaches all manner of Bible things at Gardner-Webb University where she enjoys engaging with students on biblical interpretation, and curiosities that arise when reading and studying. You can also catch Dr. Sieges' work in short videos, blogs, podcasts, etc. on The Bible for Normal People. Dr. Sieges specializes in the prophetic literature of the Book of the Twelve (Minor Prophets). She enjoys rom-coms, Mexican food, and not taking herself too seriously.
John Dominic Crossan is an Irish-American biblical scholar with two-year post-doctoral diplomas in exegesis from Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute and in archeology from Jerusalem’s École Biblique. He has been a mendicant friar and a catholic priest, a Co-Chair of the Jesus Seminar, and a President of the Society of Biblical Literature. His focus, whether scholarly or popular, whether in books, videos, or lectures, is on the historical Jesus as the norm and criterion for the entire Christian Bible. His reconstructed Jesus incarnates nonviolent resistance to the Romanization of his Jewish homeland and the Herodian commercialization of his Galilean lake as present program and future hope of a transformed world and transfigured earth. Crossan’s method is to situate biblical texts within the reconstructed matrix of their own their own genre and purpose, their own time and place, and to hear them accurately for then before accepting or rejecting them for now.