Out of Bounds is a group theology blog featuring four colleagues who studied systematic theology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
Adam Nigh is the pastor of young adult ministries at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos, Ca (near Santa Cruz) and teaches Theology and Church History as an adjunct professor in the San Francisco Bay Area at Western Seminary, Fuller Seminary and William Jessup University. He wrote his PhD thesis on scripture and hermeneutics in T. F. Torrance’s theology under the supervision of John Webster at the University of Aberdeen. A graduate of Bethany University (RIP) and Fuller Seminary Northern California, Adam lives by the beach with his wife and two children. He is also an avid enthusiast of 80’s and 90’s punk rock, having recorded and toured with several Santa Cruz bands.
Jon Coutts is Tutor in Theology and Ethics at Trinity College in Bristol, England. He wrote his PhD thesis at the University of Aberdeen on forgiveness in Christian life and community as it is articulated in Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation — an interest instigated and deepened by Canadian Bible College, Briercrest Seminary, and pastoral ministry. It will soon be published by IVP Academic under the title A Shared Mercy. In addition to life with his lovely wife and four sons he enjoys vibrant conversation, quality music & film, and the sports of hockey and football. (Web Site)
Justin Stratis wrote his doctoral thesis on the subject of divine love with the help of Friedrich Schleiermacher and Karl Barth. When he’s not doing theology, he enjoys spending time with family, drinking whisky with friends, and consuming the lowest forms of television entertainment our vacuous and decadent Western culture has to offer. He currently teaches Christian Doctrine at Trinity College in Bristol, England.
Darren Sumner teaches theology and church history in the Pacific Northwest, including at Fuller Seminary’s Seattle campus. A native of Oregon, he studied at SPU, Wheaton College, and Princeton Theological Seminary before completing a PhD in systematic theology at the University of Aberdeen. Darren lives in Washington State with his wife and three children. (Web Site)
What is the significance of the blog’s name? First, it simply reflects the fact that these discussions began in the common room of our office at university, which is named after the campus street on which it sits: College Bounds. More than that, however, the name also reflects the kind of conversation we want to have.
To speak of God is beyond the realm of human possibilities. Nevertheless, because the Son has gone into the far country, we have been commissioned and therefore freed to speak of God, precisely in our humanity. Karl Barth once wrote:
[God] is inaccessible to all human perception and thought as such, yet being the Lord also of the human capacities for thought and perception, He is not bound by these limits, but free to give Himself to be known by man within these limits.
(Kirchliche Dogmatik IV/2, 164)
We can say nothing of the God of all creation unless God first calls and sanctifies us. And as we recognise and confess that the triune God has indeed met us in just this way, so are we formed into a community which together seeks to articulate and enact the reality of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We hope that you will join us for the conversation.