THE BIBLE: GSC was a Bible Class – there was no doubting that if you attended it. The Memory Verses; the Junior, Inter & Senior Sections; the Daily Reading Notes (100s of hours of effort over decades for a readership of 30-40, but such was the conviction about the importance of the Bible it was done). It was the conviction that God was not a mystery but that He had spoken. The conviction that the God who made us, knows what is good us and desires to guide us. So that young men could know ‘who they are’, ‘what the point of their life is’ – rather than drowning in the confusion of doing their own thing or just following the crowd (who know no better) with all the emptiness & insecurity of that.
FRIENDSHIP: I look around here and most of my best friends are in the room. Which is remarkable because I don’t see many of them that much. There are other people I see much more of – but in crisis or in need of a serious favour it’s the guys here I’d turn to first. I guess, that’s got a lot to do with the fact that those friendships were made early in life. We became friends when the only agenda we had was friendship. There wasn’t then any sense of conditionally, wariness or contingency in those friendship as can be the case in later acquaintances. There was a pureness about those friendships which has allowed them to transcend the big gaps in the intervening years. That is a great blessing and something I’m very personally very thankful for.