Keanu Heydari is a UCLA alumnus who majored in history and minored in French. He is a member of Pacific Crossroads Church (member PCA) in Santa Monica, California, where he currently works as a pastoral intern. He is a Francophile of the highest order and will never deny sharing a bottle of wine (accompanied by a spread of cheese and charcuterie) with friends. He identifies as a post-Calvinist friend of Karl Barth.
I am a member at Emmaus Church in Redlands, where I have attended for the past seven years. I have served on the worship team as a bass player for many years. As a deacon, I also created and lead our church’s youth program under the direction of my pastors. Since transferring to UCLA from my local community college, I have regularly attended Pacific Crossroads Church and the Reformed University Fellowship on campus. I am a mechanical engineering undergraduate student. Currently, I am taking a break from UCLA to be home with my mother as she battles brain cancer. As an engineer, I am interested in topics such as faith and science, the cosmos, truth, beauty, and integrity in the physical universe, creation and origins. Other topics on faith I often bring up around the dinner table include the metanarrative of Scripture, the overarching, cosmic story of redemption, epistemology, and liturgy. I am not a prolific or experienced writer, but I hope to use this opportunity as an author to Glorify God, encourage and challenge readers, and to be challenged in turn by others. Peace of Christ be with you.
Matthew Stanley is a theology and philosophy student currently studying at Wheaton College near Chicago, although he was reared near Sacramento in beautiful Northern California. Though a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Wheaton, Matthew’s vision of theology is nonetheless ecumenical in scope and thus impels him towards the joyful and inevitably challenging process of engaging in theological conversation across traditions. Matthew’s areas of interest lie in the area of doctrine of God, revelation, creation, hermeneutics, eschatology, the theology of the Church Fathers, and Protestant dogmatics broadly. So, although Matthew studies primarily dogmatics, he never does so in isolation from the text of Scripture. The Word of God holds sway over his heart and mind. However, tradition nonetheless plays a vital role in reading and interpreting Scriptures. This interplay of submission to the Word within a community of those who are also submitted to the same Word allows dialogue, joy, and doxology to bubble to the surface. In his free time (what does that even mean?) he likes to hang out with friends, smoke a pipe, drink coffee, and play Catan.
Brandon LeTourneau is just your typical everyday friendly neighborhood pseudo-intellectual and lay-theologian. Currently a Philosophy major at an undisclosed school in an undisclosed city in the hopes of moving to an undecided seminary for further study. Brandon is an avid nerd and comic book reader, he rocks a decent beard, smokes a pipe, drinks cheap beer, adores coffee, and spends most of his time reading books written by dead people. He is as Reformed as they come, and yet he always finds himself arguing with Presbyterians. Currently pursuing Holy Orders within the Anglican Church with the hopes of one day achieving the priesthood while helping with a number of local church plants.
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