“As a New Zealand member of the Catch Community, here on the ground, there has been a profound sense of shock and disbelief as this tragedy has unfolded before our eyes.” Dave, a Catch MemberPartner from New Zealand has given us a “boots-on-the-ground” view of the recent tragic shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand that left 50 dead and scores wounded. Most of the victims were immigrants from more violent countries who escaped to the relative safety of this normally quiet, peaceful island. Who would have ever thought this would happen here?
It was later in the day on Friday, March 15, the day of the shooting attack on a Muslim mosque full of worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand, when I was sending an email to my friend and former college classmate who is a Baptist pastor in Modesto, California. He mentioned in a return email that he was on his way to attend a prayer vigil in a local mosque following the New Zealand incident. At that time, I hadn’t yet heard about the shooting. I had to check the internet to find out what was going on.
We have a 4-pound Chihuahua who thinks she is a lot bigger than she really is. Should she ever have a conflict with one of our other Chihuahuas, she will pull back her lips, bare her teeth and her ferocious growl is a fearsome thing. You don’t want to mess with her when she gets like this. It looks like she is getting ready to tear you limb from limb, and then you realize that she thinks she can.
Os Guinness’s observations and prophetic challenges about America and culture are so spot on, they remain true over time and something that needs to grab our attention more than just once. I am re-releasing a summary of an interview we did with him almost two years ago. We need to remember and be encouraged at how relevant what we are doing and talking about here at the Catch is to what is truly needed in the marketplace. This will also be a warm-up to our next interview with Os that will be coming soon. If you have any questions you would like me to ask Os in our that interview, please send them to me by replying to this email.
Os Guinness believes this is an exciting time to be alive. He believes America is at a crisis greater than any since the Civil War. And he believes that what America needs is what you and I have:
- true freedom,
- love for those who are different, and
- a prayer connection with God.
Riddle: Once you get it, you have to give it; and if you can’t give it, you never got it. What is it?
How do you change the world? By being different. By having a different reaction than the one that’s expected. By being what the world needs.
I met with one of our board members for an early breakfast this morning and it helped me get my head back in the game after a trip around my annual spring training weekend in Arizona. It reminded me of a sports comic strip that has a baseball player in the outfield thinking, “Who am I? Where did I come from? What is the meaning of life?” In the next frame the other outfielder is yelling at him to get his head in the game. So in the final frame, he’s thinking, “Who will hit the ball to me? Where should I throw it? What is the official paid attendance?”
With Nancy and Al Gonzalez
Well, I missed some of my first game on Friday. That was due to a one-hour time change I forgot about. Had it been two days later that time change would have been erased by the fact that Los Angeles went on daylight savings time on Sunday and Phoenix didn’t, putting them both on the same time for over half the year. But that hour, along with two big tractor-trailers colliding on Interstate 10 between Blythe and Phoenix putting them both on their sides in the center divider and slowing traffic to a one-lane crawl, cost me two innings of my first game.
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