The First Church of Boomers and Millennials


I first proposed this idea in a Catch three years ago to the day. It came out of a lunch I had with a pastor, an attorney who is an influential church leader, and a Christian college professor with a PhD from Oxford. They all love Jesus, but none of them are having a satisfactory church experience. The professor is on disability, the church leader can no longer stomach his church, and the pastor is tired of Christians and can’t wait to retire in three months. None of them are very hopeful about where the church in America is going. What’s wrong with this picture? You could say I just had an unfortunate group of people who are all having individual struggles for some reason, but Barna’s research would say I had lunch with a typical cross-section of Christians in America. All of them agree on one thing: The boomers have it; the millennials are looking for it; and most everybody in between too busy with life to bother.

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A long winding valley

We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also. 2 Corinthians 6:13


by Marti Fischer

My heart hurts for the loss of Ethan. I embrace what C. S. Lewis wrote, “Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape.” And indeed it is a journey, one I will not cut short.

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And that goes for EVERYTHING

by Marti Fischer


Grief has hit our home hard. A dear friend of Chandler’s has taken his life.

Ethan Vinograd was a sensitive young man who was loved by his Mom and Dad, his sisters and twin brother.

Here are his last words written 4 days before his birthday, which is today.  He writes to all of us: “When you forgive those who have hurt you, you are forgiving yourself. EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE, will be fighting battles they do not discuss. Allow yourself to be the gift of compassion and empathy. No ‘side’ can be victorious unless all ‘sides’ are. And that goes for EVERYTHING.”

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Jesus whisperer


“I think it’s wonderful we have the free will and the ability to have a relationship with God. When I read the Gospel I hear the Lord talking to me and teaching me, and it’s not all that difficult to understand what He’s saying.” – Mark Spoelstra

If you don’t know who Mark Spoelstra is, you can “Catch up” by reading about him below, and then, most importantly, by reading his words which have been compiled from an extensive interview by Joy Ward, who is skilled at getting a person out of their head and into their heart. Although Mark is no longer with us, he remains to be a very important friend of the Catch. And as we are hearing these days from original Jesus Music people, bringing the message forward, it only makes sense that we should hear again from Mark.

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‘Times of refreshing’

by John & Marti Fischer


Historically, when you look at revivals, prayer precedes revival, and God knows we have been praying for revival since September 2021 and dreaming about it for more than 50 years.

Prayer and repentance are the two major elements of any revival.

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19-20).

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Why the lady pouring coffee is a good model for a Christian


And the lady pouring coffee, she knows the regulars by name

And if she doesn’t know you, she calls you “Honey” just the same

The lady who pours you coffee, knows your name, and calls you “Honey” if she doesn’t, should be the model for all Christians in the marketplace. Think about it.

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Get your head in the Game!


It’s time for baseball. The longest season in all of professional sports is about to begin. Think about it. With spring training starting the end of February and the World Series now stretching into early November, there are only two months out of the year without a professional baseball game scheduled. We are about to enter 10 months of baseball. No wonder Marti doesn’t like this sport. Not only does she think the games are long and boring, the season, in her opinion, is long and boring, too.

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Sinful pagan or half-baked Christian?


“Oh ‘spew thee out of my mouth!’”

Growing up on King James English, at least where the Bible was concerned, this used to be one our favorite sayings among my Christian friends: “Oh ‘spew thee out of my mouth!’” We used it when we were not happy with someone. It’s a phrase that definitely gets your attention. I understand this at a visceral level. I’ll drink coffee hot or iced, but coffee that’s been sitting there for a while and is now at room temperature, or even partially warm, I’ll get it in my mouth and just spit it out. I used to think this verse was about regurgitation, but I think it’s more at an introductory level. God’s relationship with someone with a mediocre commitment is not going to go very far. I think that’s the picture here.

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Grace test


My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins — and not only our sins but the sins of all the world. 1John2:1-2

Think about that. If Christ’s sacrifice on the cross atones for the sins of all the world, then if everybody believed, repented and accepted God’s sacrificial offering for sin by Jesus Christ, then everybody would be saved. Which raises an interesting question: What would we feel about that?

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Presidents Day


“Now we are convinced that there is nothing that can undermine our democracy. Not a single aspect of Ukrainian life is and will ever be fragile. Our strength is a powerful contribution to the strength of all freedom-loving nations in the world,”  – President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine upon the occasion of President Biden’s surprise visit today

I awoke this morning unaware that it was an American holiday. The only thing that tipped me off this morning was an ad in the newspaper for a furniture store announcing a Presidents Day sale. Presidents Day? When is Presidents Day? I checked online to find out, lo and behold, it was today. Gee thanks for letting me know. It’s a holiday. I could have slept in.

I remembered when there used to be two holidays celebrating our most revered Presidents: Lincoln’s birthday (February 12) and Washington’s birthday (February 22). Later they were combined into one Presidents Day that is supposed to be a celebration of all the Presidents. However you can tell that this year, this holiday did not get much attention. Little wonder when you think of how the office of the President of the United States has lost its luster with our last two Presidents receiving the lowest ratings in years.

It used to be the President of the United States was the most prestigious job in the world. Now, who wants it? All the more reason we should pray for the President, whoever he/she is or may be. Paul says in 1 Timothy 2:2 to “pray for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” And we need to pray for democracy in general but especially for America as the leader of the free world. There is no perfect government, but democracy provides for the greatest amount of individual freedom, including religious freedom. Join me in praying for America and for democracies around the world, and especially for Ukraine.


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