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Jim Gordon
Westhill, Aberdeen.
I'm a Scottish Baptist minister, an enthusiastic theological educator, a writer and reader, an Aberdeen Football supporter, and seconder of Louis Armstrong's affirmation 'What a Wonderful World'!
Interests: I'm an incurably omnivorous reader. Historical theology, biblical exegesis. theology and the arts, and spirituality are areas of research; but novels, poetry, philosophy and intellectual biography have their fascination too. When opportunity arises I cook, this blog is a quite large tip of my writing iceberg, I design and work tapestry, play with elementary haiku and fibonacci, have begun to enjoy photography and have a small list of places I really need to visit before I die!
Recent Activity
By all means do Angela - and between now and then Im praying the Lords Prayer fervently....especially the will done on earth as in heaven bit! Jim
Hello Hermina - yes Mary Oliver is well worth making a friend. Most times I need some reorientation, new perspective, or just life affirming words, she seldom fails. deep thought and feeling, unsentimental but genuine, and the consciousness that she sees and enables to see the beauty and mystery and gift that life is. And she understands sorrow as few contemporary poets do - without being depressingly bleak, or annoyingly flippant. Enjoy her.
Hi Jason - I think Gordon's biography is the best available just now. McGrath is less theological but good for contextual background; Bouwsma is flawed by tendentious psychological interpretations, though fascinating and I think at times enlightening. Partee is the best book on Calvin's theology I've read, and along with Gordon the two standout volumes for interest and reliability. I think the Selderhuis Calvin Handbook is another fine resource as is the Cambridge Companion. But the Calvin industry works at a high production level.