After a decade-long clergy shortage in America’s pulpits, Christian denominations are now experiencing a clergy glut—with some denominations reporting that they have two ministers for every vacant pulpit.
N. T. (Tom) Wright, a noted biblical scholar who has been serving as the Anglican bishop of Durham, will return to academia in September, taking a chair in New Testament and early Christianity at St. Andrews School of Divinity in Scot land. Wright, 61, has taught in England and Canada and recently was on sabbatical at Princeton University working on a book about the apostle Paul.
When the nominations for president of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod were tallied and released in April, a collective gasp went up from Lutherans who pay attention to things like presidential nominations.
It wasn’t just that nine-year incumbent Gerald Kieschnick, 67, received only 755 votes, but that Matthew Harrison, 48, received nearly double that amount: 1,332.
Vatican critic Hans Küng has warned against “condemning the church and its priests wholesale” for the current spate of sexual abuse allegations. “It would be a bad generalization to place the whole clergy and Catholic Church under suspicion,” the Roman Catholic priest said in an interview with the European, a Berlin-based online news service.