The Facebook newsfeed is awash with shock and sadness. Mike Ovey is dead at 58 from a heart attack.
We shall miss his:
- sharp thinking about theology:
Why bother with systematic theology?
Putting contextualisation in context
The gospel “how” of theological education
The gospel “what” of theological education
The grace of God or the world of the West?
- astute theology:
- incisive commentary on contemporary issues:
- deep thinking about the church, and interaction between Christians and the world:
Law and Gospel in the public square
Gender and free speech
- absurd and unexpected pop culture references while communicating profound truths, and the timing of a stand-up comic
But most of all, we shall miss his deep humility and pastoral nature and genuine love and care for people. Many Christian leaders and teachers are clever and quirky; but it is rare to find one much like his Master.
When circumstances…take our mentors from us:
Lee Gatiss’ “A Tribute to Mike Ovey (1958 – 2017)”
Duncan Forbes’ “A Tribute to Mike Ovey. We need more Mike Oveys”
Chris Stead’s “Will you let God disagree with you?”
Graham Shearer’s “On ‘Learning in Time of War’”
Moore Theological College’s obituary – “The Rev. Dr Mike Ovey”
Daf Meirion-Jones’ “Mike Ovey: The Spiritual Surgeon”
Dave Williams’ “What Mike Ovey taught me”
Matthew Barrett’s “Best Possible Gift: The Legacy of Mike Ovey (1958 – 2017)”
Co-Mission’s “A mighty brother has fallen: we salute his courage for Christ”
Mark Tanner’s “The gift of a friend”
Chris Green’s “Obituary: Revd. Dr. Michael J. Ovey, PhD MTh MA BCL BA, Principal at Oak Hill College”
And Credo is doing a much better job of collating!