Bob Purdy grew up in Alberta and Nanaimo where he graduated from high school. He lived at the Anglican Theological College in Vancouver while getting a BA from UBC, and then was married before continuing 3 years seminary at ATC. In 1968 he completed a STB (bachelor of sacred theology) at VST in Vancouver.
Purdy was ordained in 1962 for the Diocese of Caledonia, and now has 50 years experience preaching and leading congregations in small west coast communities, industrial towns and large cities. He retired in 2004 as rector of St. George's in the Pines in Banff National Park, where he began the program of Wilderness Spirituality: "Rocky Mountain Pilgrims." He now lives with his wife Trisha in a home they built in the hills of southern BC. Their lives are busy with gardening and hiking, looking after their chickens, RVing to keep up with their large family, and writing. They continue to have a supportive ministry in their local parish church.
Bob’s spirituality has changed and deepened over the years, as reflected in his preaching. In Without Guarantee he explores his deepest commitments: God is love and therefore vulnerable, not omnipotent; all talk about God must use the language of metaphor rather than analytical dogma; God longs for justice and the healing of the world, and our human call and opportunity is to share God’s longing.
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Without Guarantee: in search of a vulnerable God
by Bob Purdy
Love is always vulnerable. A God of unconditional love is unconditionally vulnerable, not omnipotent and almighty. These are words of domination power. God's patient vulnerable strength is from within, not top down. Damnation and hell are human ideas, not God's. God's vulnerable love is explored in relation to prayer, spiritual authority, evolution, justice, and the life and resurrection of Jesus.
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