Just a brief one, but in the ongoing saga of the Wycliffe Hall controversy, there are two articles worth reading from Wycliffe Hall and one of their students. I’m not going to comment on Dr Turnbull’s reply in the Guardian, there’s plenty of response amongst the comments on that site to last a lifetime. There’s a fair amount of detritus in such discussions online and most of it I can happily live without, but there’s a few comments there genuinely worth reading… problem is spotting them when there is so much guff. Ultimately, though, focus on Dr Turnbull’s response. That’s the important bit.
Elsewhere, an old Sheffield University friend of mine, Richard England, has started blogging and has posted his thoughts on the situation as a Wycliffe Hall ordinand. As far as I know, he’s the only ordinand at Wycliffe to say anything about it thus far (mainly because I understand they were asked not to do so). It will be no surprise to regular readers to hear I disagree with his analysis but I do find it interesting that he ends up in 1 Corinthians as I have at various points (one and two) in this debate. I am becoming more convinced that Paul’s letter to a Corinthian church riven by ambition, factions and competition looks like it has a considerable amount to say to the Church of England at present.