ROUTE FOUR FAITH IN PEOPLE'S LIVES TODAY
We've picked out five stories that we thought might interest you. There are hundreds more online - because God is still alive and well and doing stuff in ordinary lives right now...
1. THE KU KLUX KLAN GRAND WIZARD
Johnny Lee Clary was a racist, a bigot, and a dangerous man. He was respected by his group of extremists as a tough leader who was committed to race war against African American people. But one black preacher with a sense of humour just refused to take him seriously, and the end result was that Johnny left the Klan and joined a black church...
One of the funniest and most remarkable video clips you'll watch this year!
2. THE PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALLER
Right back, left back, centre back, centre midfielder, attacking midfielder... Joel Ward has got to be one of the most versatile players in Crystal Palace's first team. And like quite a few leading players (Willian, Allisson Becker, Bobby Firmino, Per Mertesacker...) he's committed to following Jesus Christ. In this interview with The Telegraph he talks about what it means to him. (He also gives his verdict on nine successive Crystal Palace managers...!)
Picture courtesy of jamesboyes @ Flickr Creative Commons licence 2.0
Picture courtesy of BDEngler on Wikimedia Commons. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license 3.0
3. THE SCIENTIST
Not many Christian scientists get a prestigious award from the American Humanist Association. But it happened in 2019 to astronomer Pamela Gay, who must be one of the best-known scientists in America these days. She's renowned for her fearless scepticism about accepted ideas, and so people often find it surprising that she's unashamed of her belief on God. In this article she talks about how it all fits together.
4. THE NU METAL GUITAR HERO
Brian "Head" Welch has clocked up years as a rock musician with the legendary band Korn. He's known plenty of success - the band have been nominated eight times for Grammy Awards, and have won twice; seven of their records have gone platinum, two double platinum, one triple platinum and one five times platinum! But until a few years ago, the renowned guitarist's life was an absolute mess.
On this video he talks frankly about what it took for Jesus Christ to put him back together again.
Picture courtesy of Sven Mandel on Wikimedia Commons.
5. THE ATHEIST HISTORIAN
From the age of eight, Sarah Irving-Stonebraker knew exactly what she wanted out of life: to study history and write books about it. And she knew exactly where she stood as well. "I didn't need faith to ground my identity or my values." And she was well on the way to achieving her lifelong ambition when suddenly, at Oxford University, some lectures by one of the world's most famous atheist professors made her think again.