Last week I had the opportunity to speak on ABC National Radio on the subject of ‘What is Hell and Does Anyone Go There”
I confess that I was actually quite fearful of going on this – it’s a difficult subject. Robin Parry’s book The Evangelical Universalist is well written and makes a good case (I will try and write a review of it later) – but it ultimately falls short as a Christian work because it moves away from Christ. The story of how I got on the show is an interesting one. At first I refused because I was going to Melbourne and I had meetings with CBF staff there. Even though they said they could record in Melbourne. And then over the weekend I was convicted that I was wrong and had made a mistake. I prayed about it and then they contacted me again on Monday and so I agreed to rearrange and to do it. I read Parry’s book (thanks to the wonders of Kindle) and was ‘fervent’ in prayer beforehand.
We recorded for about 90 minutes – and the broadcast is 57. I think the editing was a fair reflection of the conversation. I actually came away from the conversation with a renewed trust in, and thankfulness for, the teaching of Jesus. I’m not sure how it comes across. But you have a listen and judge for yourselves.
Meanwhile I am left to reflect on the fact that it took me more than ten years to get on the BBC in Scotland – it took two weeks to get on ABC in Australia! The Lord opens doors…!