The Youthwork Podcast: Guest Starring Me

I had the privilege of joining team Youthwork Magazine for their fortnightly podcast this week. The results of that debacle are now available online. I was pleasantly surprised with how well it turned out, by which I mean I managed to listen to it all the way through without tearing out my headphones screaming “do I actually sound like that?” Topics covered include Tim Tebow, comic books, and putting the Bible and the Gospel at the centre of things.

I thought it might be helpful to throw up some links for some of the things we talked about, so consider this below the DVD extras to your podcast.

  • If you understand the NFL a bit, this video shows what Tim Tebow seems to pull off every week. If you don’t understand the NFL –and who could blame you– but get cricket, then imagine you just watched him not batting vey well until his team were 24 runs down with two overs left, then smashing four sixes in a row. And then do that every week
  • The comic book shop I mention is Gosh Comics. It’s great, mostly because they don’t act like you’re a total moron when you get Swamp Thing and Man-Thing confused.You can buy the comic Jamie mentions that we both love, Y: The Last Man from there as loads of other ace stuff.
  • Fireman Sam is originally a Welsh TV show that got translated, how on earth do people not know that?
  • On comments I’ll post something fuller at some point, but basically I agree with what John Gruber says elsewhere (which I currently can’t find).
  • I don’t really answer the question when Martin asks about why I read the Bible as entirely about Jesus so I’ll give a short answer for now. Luke 24:25-27 says [Jesus] said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.. I shall leave you with what Spurgeon says in the Soul Winner.

This is what Charles Spurgeon says in the Soul Winner: You remember the story of the old minister who heard a sermon by a young man, and when he was asked by the preacher what he thought of it he was rather slow to answer, but at last he said, “If I must tell you, I did not like it at all; there was no Christ in your sermon.” “No,” answered the young man, “because I did not see that Christ was in the text.”

“Oh!” said the old minister, “but do you not know that from every little town and village and tiny hamlet in England there is a road leading to London? Whenever I get hold of a text, I say to myself, ‘There is a road from here to Jesus Christ, and I mean to keep on His track till I get to Him.’” “Well,” said the young man, “but suppose you are preaching from a text that says nothing about Christ?” “Then I will go over hedge and ditch but what I will get at Him.” So must we do, brethren; we must have Christ in all our discourses, whatever else is in or not in them. There ought to be enough of the gospel in every sermon to save a soul. Take care that it is so when you are called to preach before Her Majesty the Queen, and if you have to preach to charwomen or chairmen, still always take care that there is the real gospel in every sermon.