Published Works

Writing/Editorial Experience

Gordon served in a career in public relations and communications for 30 years before entering the ordained ministry. For 22 years of that time he served on the corporate staff of the J.C. Penney Company as editorial director for a writing and editorial staff of 22. In the years since his corporate retirement, he has continued his writing as an author-pastor. Here are a few samples of his published work.



Charter of Christian Freedom: A Layperson’s Study Guide to Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2017. A study guide/commentary on the Letter to the Galatians targeted to readers without a theological education, Bible study group leaders, and working pastors. Can be ordered from the Wipf and Stock website.

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Holding Forth the Word of Life: The Witness of a Downtown Church (Co-author with Carol Adams) Dallas, Texas: Privately published, 2006. A sesquicentennial history of the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, Texas.

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Timeless Values: Our History, Our Future. Dallas, Texas: J.C. Penney Company, 2002. A centennial history of the J.C. Penney Company.


“Writing Poetry: A Personal Postscript,” LeConte Publishing Website, October 2022

“Virginia Mowry and the Creation of the JCPenney Historical Archives” in Partners (publication of the JCPenney National H.C.S.C. Alumni Club), Summer 2021.

“In Appreciation of The Penney Idea” in Partners (publication of the JCPenney National H.C.S.C. Alumni Club), Summer 2021

Book review of Scott McKnight’s Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Usin The Presbyterian Outlook, Volume 200, No.13, September 17, 2018.

Book review of Benjamin J. Dueholm’s Sacred Signposts:Words, Water, and Other Acts of Resistance in The Presbyterian Outlook,  Volume 200, No. 12, September 3, 2018.

Letter to the Editor, “Thy brother’s keeper?”, The Washington Post, November 18, 2011.

“Youth ministry thrives in small town church,” The Vine (newspaper of the Presbytery of the James), November 2011.

“A Benedictine paradigm for congregational life,” The Presbyterian Outlook blog, May 26, 2011.

“Reclaiming evangelism,” The Presbyterian Outlook, July 14, 2008.

“Through the looking glass: Reflections upon retirement,” The Ragan Report, November 8, 2004.

“Answering the caterpillar: Reflections on a career in employee communications,” Journal of Employee Communications Management, November/December 2004.

 “Memo from the Field,” Public Relations: A Value-Driven Approach, Editors David. W. Guth and Charles Marsh. Boston: Allan and Bacon, 2000.

“Internet won’t kill real stores,” The Dallas Morning News, July 3, 2000. An op ed column ghost written for a J.C. Penney executive.

“Don’t let online communication eat your lunch,” Journal of Employee Communication Management, May/June 1998.


“Jacob at the Jabbok,” The Presbyterian Outlook, Vol, 204, No. 18, December 26, 2022

“War in Ukraine,” Flying South, No. 9, 2022. Sponsored by Winston-Salem Writers.


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