In writing a press release for the papers I sought the help of a local minister whose first career was journalism. I told him the line-up of speakers: We have a former high-flying politician (Jonathan Aitken) who was brought down by perjury charges and found Christ in prison. We have an international sportsman (Henry Olonga) exiled from his own country of Zimbabwe for standing up to Robert Mugabe. We have a former police officer who forgave the criminal who shot him in the face. And we have evenings on science and the new atheism. (By the way, please pray for our events. We want to see people trust Christ!)
After I ran through all our events he said to me, "Which night do you think people will talk about in the pub?" That was his diagnostic for a good headline. And as soon as he said that I knew the answer immediately: The policeman who forgave his almost-killer. (Read the amazing story here). He agreed. That definitely has the biggest wow facter. There is no power on earth to enable that kind of forgiveness - it is so out-of-this-world.
Just interesting isn't it? The celebs, the powerful, the big names can't hold a candle to the testimony of an ordinary man who puts the gospel into practice.
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