Yesterday I delivered my Celebrity Culture and Human Trafficking conference to about 100 sixth formers in a school in Doncaster. I was delighted with how it went. I had a great conversation with a teacher who taught Classical Civilisation. I told her some rat stories, the Glenn Hoddle routine and we had a very enjoyable chat about the difference between Hindu teaching and the biblical hope in the resurrection of the body. She told me that she would really enjoy hearing my talk but she had to go and teach a class.
I began talking to the students individually and was very encouraged when a student told me he had really enjoyed the Mafia conference which I had delivered in 2015. This cheered me greatly!
The conference went very well and I was able to explain the difference between the western religion (consumerism) and the Christian faith. This provoked some cut-diamond questions. One student asked me a question about Buddhism and I was able to clearly articulate how materialism and eastern religions contrast with Christian faith. You could hear a pin drop.
The most encouraging feature of the session was a wonderful conversation with 8 sixth form boys who stayed behind to ask me questions. I was amazed by the spiritual depth of their questions. Our discussion touched on the moral bankruptcy of secularism, the uniqueness of Jesus, His resurrection and the incarnation. I explained the incarnation by an ant parable and this seemed to go down well. I was also asked why I believed in Jesus. One of these lads wrote me this:
"Thank you for your speech today. I'd say it was the best enrichment session we've had so far. The topic/discussion was very intriguing and engaging."
The very delightful Geography teacher was very positive about the session and told me it had been 'fantastic'. A very encouraging time for RealityBites.