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At coffee today, Peter Head jokingly suggested that I may be something of a jinx for theological institutions. He didn’t look too nervous about it but it’s true that in the last year, there have been a significant number of staff changes at places with which I have strong links. The most recent to be announced include:
In the same story, new visiting lecturers at Oak Hill for the academic year 2009-2010 were announced: Carl Trueman and Peter O’Brien.
The appointment of Greg Beale as Visiting Professor of NT at WTS for 2009-2012. I notice that the first module he is scheduled to teach is on the NT use of the OT.
I have already noted the departure of David Field from Oak Hill.
I’m not sure that I have mentioned that Andrew McGowan ended his time as Principal of HTC in late January and the process of appointing his successor is underway.
This statement announcing Pete Enns’ departure from WTS has just been made public. I wonder what church historians will make of this in a hundred years time. Maybe it will be seen as nothing more than a blip in the progress of the kingdom. Perhaps it will be the beginning of the end for the seminary and all it represents. I hope it will prove to be the beginning of a new era of informed, intelligent, faithful biblical scholarship as Pete and many of his students scatter and pass on what they have learned.
Yesterday, I officially withdrew from WTS. There are mixed feelings, of course. A great sadness for the seminary and fear for its future. Uncertainties about my own future and sorrow at having to say goodbye to many dear friends here. Relief, excitement, and hope about the possibilities that are opening up and joy at being able to return to the UK. I’m glad that the Lord brought me here and I’m immensely grateful for all I’ve learned at WTS from the various members of the biblical studies faculty: Doug Green, Mike Kelly, Pete Enns, Steve Taylor, Dan McCartney and Vern Poythress. I’m a better scholar and a better Christian because of them. I have no regrets about coming and none about leaving.
I shall be continuing my PhD studies at Highland Theological College in the autumn, under the supervision of Jamie Grant. My dissertation will be on the canonical approach to the Song of Songs. I’ll be very glad to get back to the Song and I’m looking forward to starting the research proper. Though it has to be said that Dingwall is almost as far from home as Philadelphia. Oh well.
On Wednesday, the Board of Westminster held a meeting to discuss the future of Pete Enns, an OT professor at the seminary, concerning issues in his book ‘Inspiration and Incarnation’. I and many others had been praying that the board would uphold the faculty vote in which a majority (12-8) found Pete to be orthodox. Sadly, yesterday, we all received a letter from the chairman of the board with this conclusion:
“That for the good of the Seminary (Faculty Manual II.4.C.4) Professor Peter Enns be suspended at the close of this school year, that is May 23, 2008 (Constitution Article III, Section 15), and that the Institutional Personnel Committee (IPC) recommend the appropriate process for the Board to consider whether Professor Enns should be terminated from his employment at the Seminary. Further that the IPC present their recommendations to the Board at its meeting in May 2008.”
Please do pray for Pete and his family as they face this difficult time. Pray too for the other members of the faculty who supported Pete. Please pray with the chairman of the board that the concern of the President, Board and faculty would be ‘to honor the Lord Jesus Christ and assure a faithful witness for Westminster for years to come.’