About Providence, Divine Action and the Church

In this blog, Terry J. Wright posts thoughts and shares research on the Christian doctrine of providence. This doctrine testifies to God’s provision for all things through creation’s high priest, the man Christ Jesus. However, the precise meaning and manner of this provision is a perpetually open question, and this blog is a forum for discussion of the many issues relating to providence and the place of the Church within God’s action.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Tom Smail (1928–2012)

It seems that Tom Smail, author of The Giving Gift, has died.

I met Tom a few times, as he used to attend the postgraduate seminar at Spurgeon’s College. He was always insightful in his comments and gracious when offering criticisms – not least when he read part of my own Ph.D thesis in the run-up to submission. This isn’t much of a eulogy, I’ll admit, but I can say without hesitation that The Giving Gift is the greatest shaper of my own attempts to hold a coherent doctrine of the Holy Spirit. I’ll be forever grateful to Tom for his clarity and perception in matters theological. He will be missed.

Update: I've found an obituary here.

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