Maverick Faith Podcast: Trout and Philosophy on a Vermont Stream
Well, here it is...episode 1 of the Maverick Faith Podcast. What do you do when life takes a sudden turn from what you expected? Are you where you want to be or imagined you would be at this stage in life? Where do you go when you need to reconnect with your true self?
Perhaps you need this lesson shared by a 70-year-old Vermont trout fisherman. This story was originally published in 1902.
"Friends, haven't you any fish?" The words of Jesus rang out loud and clear across the Sea of Galilee to the discouraged fishermen who spent all night in the boat catching nothing.
"No!", they replied. Jesus then asked them to throw their nets on the right side of the boat to find the fish. They obliged and soon were hauling in 153 big ones to be quite exact. The apostle John turns to Peter and says, "It is the Lord."
I was coming off a few months of disappointment and like the apostle Peter -- I too said, "I'm going out to fish." Fishing was an activity I had engaged in since I was a young boy growing up in the Vermont mountains. I was decent at the sport, but up until this point in my life I had never landed a fish worthy of a wall mount.
Fishing for me was mostly a way to get alone with God and think. So on this trip I was expecting the usual luck -- a few small bass and some bluegill. I tied a #2 mustad hook to my line with a small …
I'm not a fan of high-energy & low I.Q. fishing and hunting shows. Honestly, I think some of those shows do more harm than good when it comes to PR for their respective sports. I rather enjoy the offbeat fishing and hunting programs that don't get as much exposure as they truly deserve. These shows are truly works of art and are well worth the time spent watching, I shall share a few of my favorites with you.
1. A River Runs Through It
Yes, I'm just going to go ahead and get this one out of the way. Whenever anybody thinks of fishing films, this movie always makes the list. A true story of faith, fishing, and searching for your soul. The only beef I have with this story is their disdain for worm fishing. As an "all-rounder" myself, I esteem the lowly worm in high regard as a sure bet on landing supper.
2. The Complete Angler
The Compleat Angler was the original treatise on fishing published by Izaak Walton in 1653. It is as much a fascinating look into the s…
This might be the only list of films about faith that doesn't include any Kendrick Brothers movies. Don't get me wrong, they make some fantastic films and they even shared their popcorn with my wife and me at one of their premieres. But on this post, I'd like to highlight some obscure movies of faith that will move you.
1. A Man Called Peter
This 1955 film is based on the book written by the wife of Peter Marshall. Born and raised in Scotland, Peter Marshall received his calling into ministry following a near death experience. After seminary, he pastors a rural church in Covington, Georgia. His journey then takes him to a prestigious church in NYC and later preaching to Navy cadets in Annapolis, MD on the morning of December 7th, 1941. Throughout his ministry, he takes an unconventional approach to the gospel and high church and connects well with the youth of his day. He even serves as chaplain of the United States Congress before an untimely death. There is so much pack…