Interview with a Real Man

180px-Brad_Thorn_in_2011There have been many Christian All Blacks and athletes, notably Michael Jones one of the greatest players of all time, who famously would not play on Sundays like the British Olympic runner Eric Liddell of Chariots of Fire fame.  Others in this long hall of fame, include: All White Wynton Rufer, NZ Warrior Ali Lauiti’iti, Fijian captain Deacon Manu, Black Fern Doris Taufateau, Scottish prop Euan Murray, Wallabies flanker David Pocock and Wallabies captain Nick Farr-Jones, among many others.  There is even a Rugby edition of the Bible including many of their testimonies.

I did not know NZ All Black Brad Thorn, who broke into the Brisbane Broncos at 19, was also a committed Christian.  Here is an interview with him, about his life, faith, and commitment to Christ.  As Liddell said before going to China and being martyred there as a Scottish christian missionary, “The church needs muscular Christians,”  and “when I run I feel His pleasure.”

When we consider Zac Guildford’s personal troubles (The Guildford NZ problemBrad Thorn stands out as a quality role model; a man younger men could emulate.

Click here to hear his interview: Brad Thorn

About coNZervative

A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well. John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his 50s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has an MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII). Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities. RIDER: This site is not connected to nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.
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