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5 Questions on Christianity, life & books

Rob Smith

1. How did you become a Christian?

The answer to this question is a little complicated. First of all, I had the great privilege of growing up in a Christian home. This doubtless laid some important spiritual foundations. I then made an adolescent profession of faith at a Billy Graham Crusade in my mid-teens. Finally, at the age of 19, after a couple of years in the wilderness, I was invited to church to hear an African preacher, Festo Kivengere. His simple but powerful gospel message broke through to me and opened my eyes to the love of Christ like never before. From then on, I’ve not looked back.

2. Who is or has been an influential person in your Christian pilgrimage?

This too is a hard question to answer – as God has used so many people to shape, challenge and encourage me along the way – pastors, teachers, friends, colleagues and, importantly, my wife, Claire. But in terms of deep and sustained influence, it’s hard to go past my father, Bruce. Not only was he a profound Christian thinker and a uniquely gifted preacher and teacher, but he modelled faithful and endurance, particularly through some long, dark seasons of immense hardship and personal loss.

3. What piece of advice would you give young ordinands going into ordained ministry today?