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Resurrection, Calling and Blogging
Written by Stephen Dancer   
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 15:38

A phone call came out of the blue. It was from the a woman at the BBC. The local radio station had found my blog. Not only had they discovered I was a blogger with a blog, but they had read it and discovered that I had come to faith in my teens, had been a physcist and engineer, and that I was training for the ministry.

The woman kindly explained that they were doing a series on "Journeys of Faith" and they were interested in my story. The fact that I was a blogger added to the interest. Would I come in for an "over-the-garden-fence" kind of chat on an early morning show?

I said "yes" very quickly, and then began to worry. Would I mumble, stumble, grumble? Would I say the right things that would honour Christ? I reasoned that this was a time for trusting in God to give the right words at the right time, nerves or not.

I arrived at the radio station at 7.30am. There were only two people in the building - the presenter and his assistant. It was cold, but they made me welcome.

The interview was pretty laid back. I was able to explain how the evidence for the literal, physical, bodily resurrection of Jesus was compelling and that all the other gospel issues took on a new significance: the reality of my sin, my need of salvation, the call of Christ. I was able to explain the long process of discerning a call to the ministry.

Then we got to talk about blogging. "Is this not just an opportunity for the ego?"  There is always the temptation to narcissism. However, I have found that blogging has been extremely helpful in laying out in an orderly fashion theological ideas and arguments. The fact that other people look in on what has been written adds to the importance of being clear. While I have been blogging I have had the pleasure of interacting with people I would never have met. Add to that pleasure of getting reacquainted with old friends with whom I had lost touch.

The interview was over in a flash (actually 7 or 8 minutes). I was thanked, I left, and that was it. My first radio interview.

[You can read Stephen's blog at Doggie's Breakfast .]


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