God's Spirit is working in the most amazing ways. In this new Ireland, it might seem strange for you from my tradition to say this, but there is no community more stragically placed than the Church of Ireland. Because in every town, in every village, they have a community.
It has brought such joy to me the appointment of these evangelical bishops. Like Ken - Fanta as I know him - and Harold and Peter. It is such a joy to me. They are strategically placed.
I take such delight in the effectiveness of the Baptists in Cork, who have discovered an effective means of planting churches. Or of my dear friend Sean, who was the first youth lad ever in our youth fellowship in Lucan, who is now the Pastor of the largest Pentecostal church in Dublin, working among immensely difficult and socially-alienated people. And I rejoice in what he is doing.
The IBI [Irish Bible Institute], for example, is training people in innovative ways of ministry and mission in the Republic of Ireland. I saw in the IRISH TIMES, that David Ross [who, I understand, I am conducting a wedding with in a few months' time] as part of an evangelical movement in West Cork, has re-established the St Finbarr's Pilgrim Way, so that Catholic people can identify with the witness and testimony of those evangelical people in West Cork.
You see, we can no longer thank, "Can you, Lord, restore the kingdom to US." He seems to be transcending all of those distinctions now.
I have to tell you it is an enormous pleasure to see the renewal and transformation of the Dublin and Munster Presbytery of which I am a part. At a time when, in the North of Ireland, the Presbyterian Church is statistically on the decline, the only Presbytery that is growing is the Dublin and Munster Presbytery. Who could conceive of such a thing?