Mission: Hunter

Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison (Genesis 27:3, KJV).

Did you know God is pro-hunting? That's right, and he has some things to say about the chase—positive things. We see positive truths about hunting in the Bible. History, science and common sense also inform our thinking about God's created order and the role hunting plays in the stewardship of wildlife and nature.

 

"Mission: Hunter" is a blog that addresses a wide range of hunting topics through the lens of theology for the woods and for hunters who pursue deer, wild turkeys, and other creatures in their native habitat. Its touchstone is the moral "rightness" of hunting from a Christian and biblical point of view. 

In the Old Testament the history of hunting goes back, at least, to the days of Noah (Genesis 9:3). In the New Testament it was God who told Peter, one of Jesus' closest disciples, to "Kill and eat" (Acts 10:13). The idea that hunting is immoral cannot be supported by the Bible. Hunting is moral, something positive, and not wrong for a Christian believer to do.


I am a hunter. Many people think my identity is in hunting, but my identity is in Christ. My mission is not to have Christianity sanctify my hunting. My mission is to pursue Christ, as a Christian who hunts, who writes about it, and who uses hunting as a platform for communicating the gospel. Mission: Hunter—or The Everyday Hunter, on a mission.

December 3, 2016

My good friend Darin Freeborough passed away on Monday, the opening day of Pennsylvania firearms deer season. Darin was the owner of “Animalistics Outdoors,” a popular local sporting goods store on the East Side of Warren, PA. He was a friend to everyone, evidenced by the two-hour line hundreds of people stood in this afternoon to pay their respects. The wait was insignificant to all who endured the cold rain because Darin had time for everyone, so everyone had time for him.

His untimely death was a mystery. He accessed...

December 2, 2016

Theological Truth #2 – “Reverence for Life” is not a Christian Belief

Isn't all life sacred? It is a creation of God, so in a sense, yes it is sacred. We do not kill wantonly. We do not kill without a sense of the value of the life being taken. In fact, in the Old Testament the Hebrew people were commanded to kill for sacrifices precisely because life had value. Because God commanded his people to kill for sacrifices, some people think of God as bloodthirsty, but that is not the case. One of the lessons he wanted to tea...

November 29, 2016

Today was the opening day of the Pennsylvania rifle season. My eye surgery this fall caused me to miss the entire archery season, but I made up for it today with this buck. He strolled by at 1:55 PM on the way to a bedding area. He was the only deer I saw.

When I first saw him I knew he was a buck. When I realized he was a shooter I thought I might get a shot opportunity. He was in some really thick stuff and I could barely see him. Only one opening was ahead. When he hit it I hit the trigger. I didn't see him go down, b...

November 25, 2016

If you read many hunting stories on the Internet  last year, you might have read about a Catholic nun, Sister John Paul Bauer of St. Marys, PA, who shot a nice buck on opening day. Sister JP has taken lots of criticism for it, as you may know. You might even have some questions. "How can a pious person kill an innocent animal?" Well, you don't have to not be a nun to be a legitimate, moral hunter. Nuns can be hunters, just like auto mechanics and attorneys. Lots of hunters, no matter what profession they're in, are deep...

I'm truly blessed. Back in September I had serious surgery on my left eye due to an uncommon complication from cataract surgery. The surgery to fix the problem was brutal, but successful, and I now see almost as well as I ever have from that eye. It may get even better. (Cataract surgery in June in my right eye gave me vision that is better than ever.) I have a lot to be thankful for, but that is high on my list.

I'm also thankful for my wife, her love, and her high moral character. It is a blessing to have a wife whom I...

Local people often travel long distances looking for adventure. Right here where I live, almost within walking distance, is a place that's overlooked by many. The Allegheny National Forest is a worthy destination not just for locals, but for anyone from anywhere in the country. Read my take on a book about the ANF, which ought to be in the hands of anyone who appreciates our public lands -- YOUR public lands.

This Sunday, November 27, I'll be speaking at the morning service of First Wesleyan Church in Bradford, PA. Really looking forward to it. I was in Bradford today at radio station WESB to be interviewed for the event. It's going to be fun. I'll be speaking on the theology of hunting, and sharing some lessons from a woman in St. Marys, PA, who shot a nice buck last season. She happens to be a Roman Catholic nun, and many people thought heaven would forbid a pious nun from killing a beautiful innocent animal. Not so. Siste...

Although most 21st century Americans do not hunt, hunting has been necessary for almost 100% of human history. It's only the current generation that has more than a few opponents of hunting. Throughout previous history, it's hard to imagine anyone opposing hunting.

This blog addresses various aspects of hunting (including its proper role in our culture and the science of wildlife management) and seeks to offer insights on the theology of hunting. It is pro-hunting, but also pro-Christianity and pro-gospel. As things stan...

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