What makes Berni tick?
Well, here’s the thing. I came to faith in Jesus later in life – age 36. It was a terribly difficult time. A dark time. And somewhere in that place, Jesus came to find me.
Me! I still can’t believe it.
Why me? I didn’t deserve it. In fact, I should have been way down at the end of the queue. And then, not long after He came for me, I learned about grace. I’m still trying to wrap my heart around that mind-blowing concept. God’s grace!
I knew not long after I gave my life to Christ, that I couldn’t just sit there. I had to tell people. This isn’t just good news – it’s stunningly fantastic news – that the world needs to hear.
That’s why I became involved in the ministry of Christianityworks. Well … it’s not so much a ministry as a movement. A bunch of friends who believe that by telling people about Jesus, by sharing the good news of Jesus with millions of people around the world – in a way that speaks into the realities of life, in a way that helps people discover how it is that Christianity actually works – we’ll see God changing their lives.
In fact your life and through you, many other lives.
And so every day when I wake up, that’s what makes me tick.
Telling a lost and hurting world about the love and the mercy and the grace of Jesus. Seeing Jesus transform people’s lives. Making new friends who in turn become part of this movement, this crazy bunch of friends, who believe that by telling people about Jesus, we can see lives changed … one by one.
So … what does Berni do?
After graduating from the Royal Military College Duntroon as an officer in the Australian Army, and then running an international IT consulting firm with my two business partners … these days, I’m blessed to be able to share the good news of Jesus through my radio and television programs, books, devotionals … as the CEO and Bible teacher of the Australian-based, global media ministry Christianityworks.
Each week literally millions of people listen in to those messages through hundreds of radio and television stations in around 160 countries across the globe.
And each time I wander into the boring, grey little recording studio – normally on a Thursday morning – to record that week’s programs, I still can’t believe that God could or even would ever use someone like me.
And there’s something else. I encourage others to join me and become part of this movement we’ve called Christianityworks. Just ordinary, everyday people like me I guess; people who love the Lord and want to make a difference in this world.
Because there’s a ripple effect that happens when we each start sharing the love of Jesus with the people around us – whether you live in Birmingham, Boston, Brisbane or Benin … the world starts changing. One life at a time.
What makes Berni … different?
I guess … how can I put it … it’s the desire not just to tell people about Jesus. But to help them discover for themselves this radical, subversive, misunderstood Saviour who wandered the dusty roads of first century Israel. And not just in theory.
The theory’s great, but the theory isn’t what makes the difference. Jesus makes the difference. A personal, dynamic, passionate relationship with Jesus. And not just on Sunday mornings, but in the midst of all the highs and lows of life. The real stuff that we travel through day after day.
My heart is to open the Bible in a way that makes sense right here in the middle of the stuff we’re all going through. Because it’s in that place that Jesus wants to meet us. It’s in that place that He wants us to discover the awesome power of the Holy Spirit to radically transform our lives.
What does Berni enjoy doing aside from ministry?
Well, I have a grand piano in my study where I do most of my writing. I love turning around and playing that from time to time – worshipping God.
And I love walking. I live in a beautiful part of the world – Sydney Australia – so I love getting out and exercising by walking around the harbour foreshore.
I love blogging – oddly, that’s just not work at all. I’ve really caught the bug there!
But more than anything, I love going out on a date with my beautiful wife and my best friend Jacqui – especially Saturday mornings down to our favourite cafe.