Stephen Finlan was the pastor at Mathewson Street United Methodist Church in Providence, Rhode Island, for three years. He is now with the United Church of Christ. Dr. Finlan is the author of Problems with Atonement (2005) and The Family Metaphor in Jesus' Teaching (2013), and the coeditor of Theosis: Deification in Christian Theology, Vol. 1 (2006). He taught at seminaries and universities from 1998 through 2011.