If you get nothing else from Chalcedon’s message, at least get this: Your calling is your calling. You don’t have to be the pastor. You can sell cars, pilot an airplane, take part in a Bible study group, and even write fantasy novels: whatever it is, you can do it as a servant of the Lord, for His glory and Christ’s Kingdom.
Which makes us all, each of us, kind of important.
I don’t suppose I’ll ever be happy with the way I do an interview, but I try, I try. I’d much rather hear somebody fantastically famous and universally loved coming on the air in prime time to extol my books–but I’m afraid I’ll have to settle for… me.
I was especially gratified when he told me how his children loved Bell Mountain as he read it to them. They called it simply “Jack and Ellayne.” I think they were five or six years old at the time–way under the age of the target audience. But I’ve heard this a lot, over the years–mostly from adults.
Anyway, it’s an interesting article and I was very pleasantly surprised to find it available online.
(Editor’s Note: The following interview was done by Ernest and Giulio Gallo for Not Those Gallos Brothers! Magazine. These are excerpts.)
E&G: Have you settled into your job as contest manager for this blog?
E&G: We understand this is only the second interview you’ve ever granted.
BTQ: That’s true. The first one, the guy told me he was Col. Mustard from the Clue game and I believed him because he looked like Col. Mustard, and then he turned out to be some patzer named Henderson and all the other quokkas laughed at me for a week and went around calling themselves Miss Scarlet or Professor Plum, etc. I have to admit–it left scars. But I granted this interview because my Uncle Cedric thought it was the Gallo Brothers who make that wine he likes so much, and I just couldn’t disappoint him.
E&G: Who do you try to pattern yourself after?
BTQ: (thinking it over for a good five minutes) I guess the Sons of Hercules.
E&G: what do you like best about working for this blog?
BTQ: The hours are flexible, the pay is fantastic, I get to see all the cat and hamster videos I want, and I love the readers, they are cool! Also I get to go to New Jersey now and then and ride on the handlebars of Lee’s bike.
E&G: Do you think Australia will ever have a quokka as prime minster?
BTQ: (dives into burrow. Won’t come out. Faint noise of him blowing a raspberry at the interviewers).
I’ve been a BAR subscriber for many years, and it was a kick for me to interview the man who launched it and served as editor until his retirement last year. BAR has been notable for its coverage of all the liveliest controversies in the field of Biblical archaeology–most of which spilled over into the “Letters” column.
Two of the controversies covered in this interview were “Biblical minimalism” (he didn’t support it) and the purportedly ancient ossuary (bone box) that bore the inscription “James, brother of Jesus”–which the Israeli authorities had branded a modern forgery, but which Mr. Shanks felt ought to be studied further, and more deeply, by an international team of experts.
There is, unfortunately, a great deal of material in BAR by “reputable Bible scholars” who don’t believe a single word of Scripture. Readers have to learn to ignore them.
One thing Mr. Shanks did as editor, though–he kept things lively. I haven’t seen that, so far, from his successor.
I thought you might enjoy my 2005 interview with Lee Strobel–lawyer, former legal affairs editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune, former atheist… and now, for many years, a servant of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mr. Strobel was about to go skiing when I phoned him, and he said he could give me 15 minutes. But we hit it off, and wound up talking for an hour and a half.
In this interview, shortly after the publication of his book, The Case for a Creator, Mr. Strobel predicted that science itself would help lead us to belief in God and away from Darwinism. But unlike some Intelligent Design proponents, he doesn’t stop there. Science may teach us that there is an intelligent design that governs the universe, but we need the Bible, and faith, to tell us of the Designer.
Have you been censored in the social media? Banned, shadow-banned, or temporarily suspended? De-monetized?
I know some of you have, because you’ve said so. I’ve been assigned to write an article on this subject, and I need your first-hand experiences. I will protect your identities–I just need to know what happened and what it was like.
I can’t keep making this request without becoming tiresome, so this is my last call. If no one comes forward, I’ll have to write the article without this information; and it won’t be as good as it should have been.
One thing I am sure of. If we want to put a stop to this, first we have to get the rest of the country talking about it.
My wife has just listened to my 2016 “webinar” with Andrea Schwartz and pronounced it very interesting. She’s never wrong about things like that, so it’ll probably interest you, too, if you give it a chance. I posted it on this blog earlier this morning, so you can easily find it on the home page. If you’re reading this, you’re probably on the home page now. Funny how that works out.
I hope nobody minds if I don’t report on politics this weekend–which I will do, of course, if I think I have to. But only if I have to. I’m feeling just a bit used-up. I think I’d be the better for a nice cigar, followed by a movie. It’s raining, so I’ll need my umbrella.
I do enjoy doing interviews, but no one’s asked me to do one lately.