Revd Dr Jon Coutts, BTh, MA, PhD

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Tutor in Theology and Ethics

 

A bit about me


Born into a pastor’s family in the heart of the Canadian prairies, I followed suit and became a pastor myself. After earning a BTh from Canadian Bible College I served for seven years in a few different evangelical churches in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, most recently as the Lead Pastor of Richmond Alliance Church in greater Vancouver.

Between church ministries I’ve spent a number of years in college, seminary and postgraduate environments both in North America and the UK. My MA in Theology, with a thesis on the theology of G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday, was gained at Briercrest Seminary, Saskatchewan, but for my PhD work on forgiveness and the church in Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation I was drawn to Scotland and the University of Aberdeen, where I studied under Prof John Webster.

My wife Angie and I have been married since 1998. Together we are raising four quick and lively boys (the youngest of whom are twins) and their names are Elijah, Brady, Jesse, and Mattias. None of them has managed to evade their dad’s love for English football.

My research interests


My primary work is in ecclesiology and the ethics of reconciliation, as well as preaching and pastoral theology. However, I also have experience and interest in the studies of gender and sexuality, fiction and film (by the Coen brothers especially) and the work of Karl Barth and G.K. Chesterton.

How to get in touch with me


Email me on j.coutts@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk

Tweet me @JonRCoutts

Take a look at my blog at thissideofsunday.blogspot.co.uk

Some highlights of my work


2016  A Shared Mercy: Karl Barth on Forgiveness and the Church (Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic).

2014 ‘No Country for Old Man: Barth calls the Coen Brothers’, for Barth in Conversation (Eugene OR: Wipf & Stock).

2013 ‘Relative Grit: Masculinity in Flux on Film’, Cultural Encounters 9.1.

2013 ‘Karl Barth, GK Chesterton, and the Basis of Christian Knowledge’, The Chesterton Review 39:1-2.

2011 ‘This Side of Sunday: Theological Fiction in Light of GK Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday’, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, Autumn 2011.

2011 ‘Once for All and New Every Morning: Forgiveness in the Theology of Miroslav Volf and Karl Barth’, Oxford Research Archive, April 2011.

2009 ‘How to Be Sliced by a Sword: A Personal Encounter with G.K. Chesterton’s Apologetic’, St. Austin’s Review, July/August 2009.

2008 ‘A Theological Approach to Pastoral Leadership Today’, Ministry Magazine: An International Journal for Pastors, November 2008.

 

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