Saturday, 9 August, 2008, 12:43 PMRating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)
Hello, Brian Draper here, from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, where we work to equip Christians to engage biblically and relevantly with the issues they face, including Work, Capitalism, Youth Culture, Media and Communication.
We're all too risk averse these days. But Jesus, the visible bit of my Invisible Magic Friend, wants us to take risks. "Be nice," said Jesus - a totally original thought which no one had ever suggested until Jesus came along, and probably about as risky a strategy as there is. Noah knew how to take risks. That's why he built the Ark, even though on the face of it this seems to be the exact opposite of risking it when you've been told that there's a worldwide cataclysmic flood on the way.
So, I did it. I decided I was going to be proactive, rather than reactive. I put a little girl on my lap and slid down the slide with her. Whooaaaa!!! I know what you're thinking, is there no end to this man's daring? But that's the kind of courage you get when you've been fortified by Jesus. Take that dangerous sports fans! Take that war zone journalists! Take that SAS!