I would love to do a lot more exercise than I get to do. This week we get to meet another Christian. He loves to blog. He loves to read. He loves to blog – did I say that already? He is a husband, a father and a pastor. Well today he dreamily seems to be doing some gym work. And as he brushes past making a bee line for the weights and stuff, we get to stop him in mid action. Hey mystery Christian guest, care for a two minute anonymised interview? [More anonymised interviews here] Listen in to the actual interview:
ATCT [Atwisted Crown of Thorns]: Sorry you are masked from your audience today. What is a typical week in your life like?
CHRISTIAN: That’s hard to say. They’re all a bit different but generally speaking they’re filled with writing, phone calls, hospital visits (when necessary), dropping in on Church folk, posting an occasional bit on the blog, and reading, reading, reading. And then there’s going to the gym and trying to combat the woes of aging. But that’s another subject altogether.
ATCT: Did you have any Christian influence in your youth or childhood?
CHRISTIAN: Not at home. My parents thought of God as a big joke and when I told them I was called to ministry my mother told me I’d be happier being a garbage collector. My childhood pastors were good and decent Christians though and I was close to them.
ATCT: What is the gospel in one sentence?
CHRISTIAN: God loved the world so much he sent his son to die for it; and all those who accept this gift have life and those who don’t, death- now and forever.
ATCT: If you woke up this morning and found your self transported back in time, which preacher in the last 500 years would you like to listen to? Why?
CHRISTIAN: That’s an easy one: Mozart. And yes, Mozart too is among the theologians. His music speaks God’s word (in most cases more clearly than most preachers I’ve had the misfortune of hearing). Mozart- he communicates both God’s grace and God’s wrath.
ATCT: How would you like to be remembered by your wife and closest family?
CHRISTIAN: Honestly I really haven’t ever thought about my ‘legacy’. I can’t control it and I’ve lived long enough to realize that the things I can’t control shouldn’t concern me in the least.
ATCT: How easy (do you think) is parenting?
CHRISTIAN: It isn’t. And anyone who says it is is either deluded, deranged, or has never had children.
ATCT: Your teenage daughter comes weeping to you and tells you she is pregnant. She doesn’t know who the dad is. (Yup, it’s that bad). She feels she has let you down and feels disillusioned about her walk with God. She got a phone number from a friend who can arrange to “sort out” this inconvenient unplanned pregnancy. It’s all a big shock to you. What do you do?
A) Pretend you didn’t hear her and continue reading your news paper.
B) Tell her to dial the number REAL QUICK!
C) Let her know in no uncertain terms she has brought shame to you and your testimony. And she has therefore left you with no option but to disown her.
CHRISTIAN: D. Obviously. I’d cry with her, hold her, tell her that we loved her, and that we would do whatever we could to help with the baby- our grandbaby. She needn’t fear that it would ever go hungry or without as long as we were alive and neither would she. But she needed to seek God’s forgiveness if she hadn’t already and do her dead level best to refrain from putting herself at risk ever again.
ATCT: What major theological shifts have happened in your life as a Christian?
CHRISTIAN: When I was a child I thought as a child. But since I’ve grown up spiritually and intellectually I can no longer pretend that the problems of the world or the spirit can be solved with ice cream.
ATCT: We are sending you to a desert island. You can only take one book aside from the Bible. Which book would you take and why?
CHRISTIAN: Commentary on True and False Religion by Ulrich Zwingli because in it he covers just about everything and all of it’s thought provoking.
ATCT: What attribute of God do you struggle to understand?
CHRISTIAN: Patience. Were it up to me I would have ended the human experiment millennia ago.
ATCT: What are the words of your favourite Hymn?
CHRISTIAN: Ein feste burg ist unser Gott’s last two stanzas:
Und wenn die Welt voll Teufel wär’
Und wollt’ uns gar verschlingen,
So fürchten wir uns nicht so sehr,
Es soll uns doch gelingen.
Der Fürst dieser Welt,
Wie sau’r er sich stellt,
Tut er uns doch nicht,
Das macht, er ist gericht’t,
Ein Wörtlein kann ihn fällen.
Das Wort sie sollen lassen stahn
Und kein’n Dank dazu haben;
Er ist bei uns wohl auf dem Plan
Mit seinem Geist und Gaben.
Nehmen sie den Leib,
Gut, Ehr’, Kind und Weib:
Lass fahren dahin,
Sie haben’s kein’n Gewinn,
Das Reich muss uns doch bleiben.
Gott loben! Praise God! I hope one day we will all sing the words of that hymn (in perfect German) with many other believers from all over the world.
(There’s a thud!) Uh, huh! Look, did that weight just drop on your foot? I think I should stop doing interviews in the gym. [For more anonymised interviews go here] Where did the time go? 😉
Soli Deo Gloria.