From the Revd James
Sir, - Although, to the untrained eye, the ordination of a
minister for Sheffield diocese in Kenya seems completely random (
News, 22 February), for those with eyes to see, it is part of a
trajectory that goes as far back as the case of Ed Moll, ordained
in the late 1990s, who was ordained "irregularly" by a retired
Where Church of England
leadership is heterodox (the driver for the case cited above) or
simply will not provide for Anglican gospel work (as seems to have
been the case in Sheffield), other bishops in the Anglican
Communion are very prepared to step up to the plate and provide, so
that the biblical gospel of everlasting salvation may be made known
to the people of England.
It is often said actions
speak louder than words. So, look lively, Church of England
bishops! Other bishops are acting. And, it seems, will increasingly
act, if you will not.
St Luke's Vicarage
28 Farquhar Road
London SW19 8DA
From Canon John
Sir, - Ordination is not certification of soundness in
biblical fundamentalism, but means putting oneself under the
discipline of a bishop in a way lay people are not. You cannot be
made a stand-alone deacon, but must be ordained to a post in a
diocese. The next step for the Revd Pete Jackson is surely
employment in the diocese of Kitui.
After some years'
satisfactory service, he might then be in a position to apply to
the Bishop of Sheffield for a priest-in-charge post in a new parish
In the mean time, the Bishop
of Sheffield, with his committed expertise in Fresh Expressions,
should be trusted to arrange appropriate care and nurture for
church-plants in his diocese.
When I was a team rector in
Liverpool, I was able, with my bishop, to appoint someone who had
been ordained and served in Africa as a team vicar. Others had been
suspicious of him, but he proved excellent.
39 St Michael's Road
Liverpool L17 7AN