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An Interview With: REV. DR. N.T. Wright

Dr. Lindsley: How did you come to faith in Christ?
Dr. Wright: I was brought up in a Christian home of a middle-Anglican variety, was baptized as a child among praying relatives, and went to a school where there were daily prayers etc. It wasn’t until my teens that I realized that most adults in the UK didn’t in fact believe in God in any serious way. I had various ‘jumps’ forward in my own Christian experience, each one making real for me in new ways things that had been latent before. The first of these that I remember was when I was about seven; it was around that time that I began to realize I was called to ordained ministry. Another of the things I didn’t know was that that was unusual! In my early teens I started going to boys’ camps run by Scripture Union, at which we had excellent outdoor holidays with strong biblical teaching morning and evening. The combination of a steady church background with exciting biblical study has, I guess, set me up for life.

Dr. Lindsley: What are the top three needs of the Church today?
Dr. Wright: Forgive me saying that’s a very American style of question! But, to run with the genre, I suppose I would say: 1. a better grasp of the biblical and historical roots of the faith; 2. a better understanding of the complex world we now live in; and 3. courage, energy and vision to relate the first to the second in the power of the Holy Spirit. Of course, each of these begs all sorts of questions as to what that grasp, and that understanding, might be, and what the spirit might be leading us to do in our own day. But that’s the framework I’d go with. Of course, a perfectly good answer might just as well have read: 1. prayer; 2. prayer; 3. prayer...

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N.T. Wright

N.T. Wright, is an English New Testament scholar, Pauline theologian and Anglican bishop. He was the Bishop of Durham from 2003 to 2010. Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary's College in the University of St Andrews in Scotland until 2019, he became a senior research fellow at Wycliffe Hall at the University of Oxford. His publications include The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion (2016), Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense (2010), Justification: God's Plan & Paul's Vision (2009), The Resurrection of the Son of God (2003), the five-part Christian Origins and the Questions of God series, and a series of popular commentaries on the books of the New Testament.

 

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