Iain Provan will teach our Library course this year on reading and preaching the Old Testament. Iain knows the Old Testament, and he cares that it is known and preached well. He is the Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College, where he has taught since 1997. Prior to that he taught at the University of Edinburgh from 1989-1997, as well as at the University of Wales and King’s College London. Iain is the author of several books, including A Biblical History of Israel, co-authored with Phil Long and Tremper Longman, and commentaries on 1 and 2 Kings, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs. His most recent book, Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters (Baylor UP, 2014. For reviews of the book, including one by John Walton, see HERE) answers, from the perspective of the Old Testament, the most fundamental questions that face all religious and philosophical traditions, and brings these ancient texts to bear on very contemporary problems and questions. Iain writes and speaks, then, not just as an academic, but as one deeply concerned that the Old Testament would continue to shape and form God’s people for wise living—with God, with others, and with God’s world. Iain is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland, and he and his wife Lynnette have four children, now all young adults.
Julie Canlis will give the first two plenary lectures of this year’s Chapterhouse, and she knows and lives what she is talking about when she speaks on a theology of personhood, place, relationality and community. She is married to Matt, stays at home with their four children, and teaches Sunday School for 6-8 year olds. She likes her food slow, and her church slower. Along with Matt, she has been instrumental in the writing of, and the small group curriculum for, GODSPEED – a short film that explores the pace of life in Christ, and therefore the pace at which churches may be places (yes, places!) in which people can know and be known. In addition to the above, Julie teaches at Whitworth University in their theology MA program. She received a Ph.D. in Theology (University of St. Andrews), a Masters of Christian Studies (Regent College), and has a B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas (University of Washington). Julie wrote her doctoral dissertation on the theme of participation in Christ in the work of John Calvin, a work published as Calvin’s Ladder: A Spiritual Theology of Ascent and Ascension (Eerdmans, 2010), and awarded the Templeton Prize for Theological Promise in 2007 and the Christianity Today Award of Merit in Theology in 2011.
Using the nineteenth century Scottish theologian Thomas Erskine of Linlathen as their guide, Trevor Hart and Margaret McKerron will jointly give the third plenary lecture this year, exploring the deep connection(s) between human friendship(s) and our relationship with God.
Trevor is Rector of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in St Andrews. Previously he taught theology for 30 years in the Universities of Aberdeen and St Andrews. He has published and lectured internationally on a wide range of theological themes, most recently concentrating on the conversation between Christian theology and the arts. In his spare time he enjoys bee-keeping, messing around with guitars, playing the violin and reading novels. He is married to Rachel and they have three adult children and a Border Terrier ('Grizzle'). For details of Trevor's academic profile and continuing scholarly work see his personal website.
Margaret McKerron is a Canadian doctoral student at the University of St Andrews, where she studies friendship in the intersection between historical theology and theology, imagination, and the arts. She received an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Regent College (2015) and a BA in Philosophy from Queens University (2011). When not lost behind a stack of books, she enjoys sharing conversation over a cup of tea, walking the Lade Braes trail, painting in oils, and writing good, old-fashioned letters.