While playing first base in high school, a teammate dubbed me as “Stretch,” one day after I reached to snag a throw from the third baseman in time to force the runner out at first. The name carried over into basketball when, with a single leap, I covered the distance from the foul line to the basket. Less commendably, some of my football team members gave me the same nickname on the gridiron for my propensity to occasionally stretch the truth.
Christ’s followers have had many names since the New Testament church was birthed on the Day of Pentecost. In Mark 1:15-17, we learn that as Jesus proclaimed the good news of God (verse 16) … beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people (verse 17).” Per Jesus’ own definition, Christians “fish for people.”
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