About

Hi, my name is Jon with no 'h' because it is actually Jonathan. With my lovely wife and four energetic young boys I live in Bristol, England where I have been the Tutor of Theology and Ethics at Trinity College since 2014.

As indicated on my CV and faculty profile, I have interests in writing and speaking on a wide variety of topics including church & pastoral theology, forgiveness & reconciliation, gender & ministry, film & fiction, and the works of Karl Barth & G.K. Chesterton. 

In 2013 I completed a PhD thesis under the supervision of John Webster about forgiveness in Christian life and community as articulated in Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Reconciliation. A revamped version of it was published with IVP Academic in 2016. This was an interest instigated and deepened by Canadian Bible College, Briercrest Seminary and several pastoral ministries in Western Canada. 

For several years after its inception a decade or so ago, this blog was a place for gathering thoughts, practicing writing, and carrying on conversations. (I also blogged a bit more formally at Theology Out of Bounds with some office mates from College Bounds in Aberdeen.) I never consider anything here to be the final word, but am looking more for mutual sharpening. 

I don't write here much anymore but when I do it should go without saying but the opinions shared here are not in any way 'official'. Feel free to browse and to share, citing appropriately if you use anything. And check the ratings before you see movies or books listed. I'm not recommending everything. To inquire about anything please drop me an email at coutts dot jon at gmail dot com.