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A Fire For God. The Life Of Joe Fison. – F. W. Dillistone

April 30, 2013

JFWhen he was bishop of Salisbury, this man took a personal interest in me, inviting me to his house and giving me a lift back to the bus station (ion the days when bishops usually used chauffeurs.) This book has testimonies from many others who, like me, felt that he had time for you, that your concerns were his concerns. He was able to talk to anyone, regardless of age or social class.

Raised in an evangelical family, he broadened his churchmanship and his appreciation of the Bible as a result of extensive travel. He also was way ahead of his time in understanding Judaism as a religion in its own right.

I have one quibble with the author. He describes Salisbury as a sprawling, deeply conservative diocese. Well maybe it was before Bishop Joe but I found it to be a progressive and exciting place. I still do under its present and previous bishop.

I feel deeply privileged to have known this man and to have learned more about him.

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