Tag Archives: witnessing

‘Relationships, relationships, relationships’

(Click here for a video of John reading this Catch.) In the real estate world it’s known as “location, location, location.” Where a property is located determines its value more than anything else. In the church and in all types … Continue reading

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What you think about what someone else thinks

(Click here for a video of John reading today’s Catch.) Chandler is all over aliens, meteorites, and UFO sightings, so you can understand how some of the sites we passed while driving through Arizona, Colorado and especially New Mexico might … Continue reading

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Six things to remember about coming alongside

(Click here for a video of John reading this Catch.) I am normally not a fan of ten steps to this or five steps to do that, but I recently came up with these six things to remember about being … Continue reading

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Don’t give up on anyone

(Click here for a video of John reading this Catch.) It’s time for this one again. You don’t want to ever forget this! My wife, Marti, loves to tell the story of a dramatic rescue in which she played a … Continue reading

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‘You really gotta get out more’

Thanks to Sandy, Toni, Gail, Nick, John, Liz, Lyn, Phillip, Merlyn, Bob, Lisa and Jill for their comments on yesterday’s Catch. As Phillip pointed out, we are all very busy and don’t always get to all our emails so that … Continue reading

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Tears for fears

In April of 2007, I published an article about Francis Schaeffer in Christianity Today magazine. For our younger readers, Francis Schaeffer had a unique ministry to young intellectuals graduating from college in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. Many of … Continue reading

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Craters of the Moon National Monument

“Visit the moon without leaving Idaho,” reads the cover of one of the brochures for Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, a place Chandler and I visited on our recent trip. It’s a fascinating place with over 53,000 … Continue reading

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More than a bumper sticker faith

We need to have some new answers. If someone asks if you are a Christian today, your answer is going to depend a lot on what that person thinks a Christian is. Based on that, you might want to say … Continue reading

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All together now

Can you find the Christians in this picture? No? Good. As far as I can tell, this is a picture of a bunch of sheep and goats together in a big herd. And when you see them all together like … Continue reading

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a sacrificial poet

    This is the logo for one of the open mic’s John attends. John wants to welcome any Chicago visitors to “The Catch,” and thank them for welcoming him into their community.     John Shirk is a missionary to … Continue reading

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