Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby: man of steel? -HIRD

By Rev Ed Hird


The excitement about +Justin Welby’s appointment has been remarkable.  Biblical Anglicans around the world have welcomed his appointment with open arms.  Perhaps the fact that Bishop Welby has visited Africa sixty times has helped endear the Global South Anglicans who have often felt left out in the cold.  It has been said that in the Anglican world, the Africans pray, the Americans pay and the British set the rules.  Because of the enormous financial clout of the American Episcopalians, they have openly flaunted the global Anglican standards on biblical marriage.  Will Welby have what it takes to bring the errant Episcopalians back into biblical Anglicanism?

John McManus writing for BBC News said, “Justin Welby’s appearance was characterized by one very important quality – his steeliness.”  It will take a man of steel to bring  North American  Anglicans to biblical transformation.  Welby has the reputation of being a consummate negotiator, who deeply listens while holding clear principles.  Charles Moore of The Telegraph says that Justin Welby can provide the tough love that has been so sadly lacking.


Perhaps Welby’s time as an oil industry executive will prove useful in his bringing order out of the Anglican moral chaos.  Perhaps Welby’s involvement in Holy Trinity Brompton with its world-famous Alpha Course will help him birth an Anglican Church that is both vibrant and faithful.  Anglican leaders that I trust are telling me that we need to give Welby the benefit of the doubt.  My prayer is that Archbishop (designate) Justin Welby will prove to be a spiritual man of steel who can give new hope to the Anglican Communion.


Rev Ed Hird, Rector

St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver

Anglican Mission in the Americas (Canada)


-an article previously published in the Light Magazine

-award-winning author of the book ‘Battle for the Soul of Canada’


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1 comment:

Peter Black said...

Ed, thank you for introducing Archbishop Justin Welby, and sketching out this brief profile.
Yes, he certainly has a tremendous task, and it will take a great deal of heavenly wisdom and Holy Spirit anointing to fulfill it. He merits our prayers.

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