Dear Friends and Alumni,
I have just come from a book launch for Why Suffering? Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense – written by Vince Vitale (one of Wycliffe Hall’s academic staff) and Ravi Zacharias (one of our Honorary Fellows). Ravi and Vince both spoke passionately about the ancient problem of evil, and their answering of questions was a model of graciousness and humility.
In three weeks’ time, Keith Ward will be at Wycliffe, launching his book on The Evidence for God. Professor Ward is one of the most impressive and rigorous apologists for the Christian Faith.
At the beginning of this semester, Michael Green spoke at the launch of his book, When God Breaks in: Revival Can Happen Again. Michael is one of the most experienced evangelists in the world. Well into his eighties, he has in recent months led missions in Malta, Macedonia, Serbia, Oslo, Bristol, Oxford, Edinburgh and the Cotswolds! And each time, he takes a Wycliffe student – or a team of them – with him, to learn from his wealth of experience.
If Europe is to turn the secularist tide, we need to win the battle of ideas. We need Christian leaders who can outthink the critics, and offer a richer and more compelling account of what it is to be human. That is why we have made it one of our Vision aims to be a Center for the intellectual renewal of the Church, and, through the Church, of Society. And that is why I am so keen to expose our students to the best Christian thinkers and apologists.
We have recently appointed two new members of the academic team from your side of the Labrador Pond – Clayton Croy, who teaches New Testament, and Darren Sarisky, who will teach Doctrine when his visa situation is sorted. They are both deeply impressive scholars, who will help us to train up the next generation of Christian leaders to win the arguments, and capture the imaginations, hearts and minds of the next generation for Christ.
Two of our students are here because of your generosity. They were both studying last year at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics – Wycliffe’s partnership with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries – and got so excited by what they learned that they wanted to stay on and do further study to equip themselves for a lifetime of service. We – and they – are so grateful for your generosity and support. And we depend even more on your prayers – please partner with us as we seek to understand more deeply, live more faithfully and articulate more persuasively the truths of the Christian Faith within a global university.
Yours in Christ,
Revd Dr Michael Lloyd