I don’t listen to BBC 5 Live very often. It’s a news and sport radio station in the UK, and I was only listening for traffic reports, so it was a pleasant surprise to hear this on the station last Friday night. It’s a short piece about ex-footballer Gavin Peacock, introduced by Dan Walker, and also featuring John Hartson and Jonathan Northcroft at the end.
I think all Christians will recognise parts of their own story in what Gavin says. He speaks very eloquently about the way Jesus changed his life. He ends with a reference to scripture, 1 Timothy 6:10,
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Equally interesting is John Hartson’s brief testimony. When I first heard him use phrases like “you don’t have to be a church-goer” and “the big man upstairs,” I felt slightly uncomfortable, thinking “no, he’s got it wrong.” But no he hasn’t, because going to church certainly isn’t what saves us. And if using non-churchy language about “the big man” helps get the good news across to people who would otherwise be turned off by Christian talk, so much the better.