Maybe it was God's wrath for their wretched preoccupation with all things N.T. Wright?
In actual fact, it was a blessing from God.
Take this true story told to me by Archie Poulos in 1994 or 1995:
I was on a train one day and I was sitting next to a guy who looked a bit like a crim. Despite this, I felt it was important to speak to him and see if I could have a gospel conversation with him.
Fairly quickly into the conversation the guy told me that he had recently been in jail for arson. When I asked him what he had done, he admitted to me that he had burned down a church!
I thought about the totally impractical architecture and design of the historic St Matthias church in Centennial park: the dusty flags, the ageing roof, the echoey expanse under the ceiling. Surely the building had been designed without Gospel ministry in mind.
I turned to the guy and asked "Do you have a business card?"
(This was the general gist of the conversation, not a verbatim record)