Plain Talking – Episode 11
In this episode of Plain Talking, Gethin speaks to Henrietta Blyth, CEO at Open Doors UK & Ireland, about the recent passing of Brother Andrew, Founder of Open Doors and author of God’s Smuggler – his own account of how he hid Bibles in his car in order to bring them to persecuted Christians. He managed to smuggle the Bibles past border guards in countries like Poland, East Germany, Bulgaria, and Soviet-bloc countries where Christian beliefs and practices were illegal.
Following on, Gethin chats with Michael Wakelin, Executive Chair of the Religion Media Centre and former Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC about the future of Christianity in the UK ahead of the latest census findings. Michael gives a fascinating insight into the shifting landscape of ‘established’ religions, particularly with regard to the Christian faith. Michael offers some of his own views on what needs to change in churches and religious establishments in order to serve those who are seeking the ‘real Jesus’.
Finally, we hear from Brother David Jardine, and in this podcast Brother David reflects on his long and varied ministry spanning 55 years in many different locations, including ten years as a Chaplain at Crumlin Road Gaol. As always, Brother David leaves us with some food for thought. This time, it’s ‘Things always seem to go better – sometimes dramatically better – when I am praying about them.’