We stepped into the Delta lounge to await our flight to Greece where we will meet our group of 95 excited pilgrims for our St. Paul cruise.

A guy sat down next to me and said, “How you doing?” I said, “Great, we just voted for Trump and we are on our way to lead Catholics on the footprints of St. Paul through biblical lands. We are converts to the Catholic Church.”

He said, “Really, I’m a convert to the Catholic Church too…”

You can imagine the conversation we had for the next half hour :-)

The moral of the story is — don’t be shy and embarrassed about your faith and what you believe in.

You may be amazed to discover that more than 50% of the people in the room agree with you and they will be all smiles and excited to find out that someone has the courage to say what they also believe but are too shy to say!

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Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 8.30.15 AMI remember handing out those cartoon Chick Tracts when I was a Protestant. As uninformed as I was, I liked the simplicity and brashness of the little booklets. Now I know how crude and deceptive they were. Jack Chick just died and Jimmy Akin wrote a bit about it.  

First Jimmy writes about Nine Things To Know About Jack Chick, and second he wrote of his meeting with Chick. You can read that story below. Jimmy wrote, 

Anti-Catholic comic book writer/artist Jack Chick passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.

Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 8.33.58 AMAs far as I know, I’m the only Catholic apologist ever to meet him.

Below is an account of that meeting, originally published in the March, 2004 issue of This Rock (now Catholic Answers Magazine).

For decades the cartoon tracts of Jack T. Chick have fascinated and horrified. Their pages contain the most extreme, paranoid conspiracy theories imaginable. Among other things, Chick publications will tell you that:

  • the Catholic Church keeps “the name of every Protestant church member in the world” in a “big computer” in the Vatican for use in future persecutions (see his tract My Name . . . In the Vatican? );
  • through the Jesuits, the Vatican runs an extensive conspiracy that includes the Illuminati, the Council on Foreign Relations, international bankers, the Mafia, the Club of Rome, the Masons, and the New Age movement, among others (Four Horsemen);
  • the Catholic conspiracy also includes creating venomously anti-Catholic movements such as Communism, the Ku Klux Klan, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, and Islam (The Big BetrayalThe Godfathers: Alberto Part ThreeThe Force: Alberto Part FourThe Prophet: Alberto Part Six).

Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 8.30.32 AMChick’s material is weirdly compelling. It is amateurish, lurid, ham-fisted, and viciously hateful at times. But it is intense, and something about that intensity makes people want to read it. His tracts generate a kind of bizarre fascination. Since he first began publishing them, Chick has distributed over half a billion, making him the most published comic book author in the world.

Yet little is known of him. The seventy-nine-year-old Chick is a recluse. His office does not give tours, he never allows his photo to be taken, and he never, ever gives interviews. Little is known about him beyond what is revealed in the biography on his web site, www.chick.com.

For the rest of Jimmy’s story, click here.

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Proud of My Quiet Wife Doing Evangelism

by Steve Ray on August 25, 2016

Janet is usually quiet and reserved but today she surprised me. We went to Jimmy John’s to get sub sandwiches for our grandkids. On the sidewalk was sitting a young black man asking for money. I walked into the store but she turned around and went back to talk with him.

She said, “I won’t give you money but if you’d like a sandwich and a drink I’ll buy you one.” I was looking for her inside the store but didn’t see her so I went back out to see where she went. That’s when I got this picture.

imageShe stepped into the shop, bought the sandwich and Coke and took it back out and gave it to him. She said, “I hope you enjoy the sandwich and I want you to know I did this because I’m a Catholic and we like to help people in the name of Jesus.”

He pointed to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church two blocks away. He said, “Do you go to that church?” Janet said, “We do.”

He said, “I go there on Thursdays for their free food.” Janet responded, “Well that’s great; maybe you can start coming on Sunday mornings too!”

Yeah, I was proud of her. And if she can do it so can everybody else reading this :-) It is a good idea that when you do something nice for someone you let them know why by saying something like, “I’m a Catholic and we Christians like to do these kind of things.”


My CD Audio “Swimming Upstream: Living a Catholic Life in a Pagan World” now available at Lighthouse!

April 3, 2016

This is the talk I have been most asked to give in the last few years. It is a hard-hitting, politically incorrect talk about the state of our culture and what we as Christians are called to do. I use some pretty scary and interesting stories and example. We step back into the early Church […]

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“Catholics Come Home” Book now available

February 22, 2016

Catholics Come Home’s Tom Peterson has a special offer: Catholics Come Home Book Now $1.99!  Today, for a limited time, you can purchase the Kindle eBook edition of my popular evangelization book, Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life, for just $1.99! That’s more than 80% off the normal price!  What if you […]

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Excellent Talk by Rev. Billy Graham – A Message for Our Time and a Blast from My Past (video fixed)

December 27, 2015

I have a soft spot in my heart for this man because he has had a PROFOUND impact on our family. It was his message over the airwaves in 1953 that first brought my mom to Christ and my mom and dad then brought us boys to a living and vibrant knowledge of Jesus Christ.  […]

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“Seven Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family and Friends over the Holidays” on Morning Air, Monday

December 21, 2015

This is always an interesting topic that floods the phone lines. I will be on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air on Monday discussing how we as Catholics can relate to and influence our family and friends.  Ready to go! Holidays often caused tension and strife among families. How can we take the high road and be a positive […]

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Want to Evangelize the Good ‘ole Fashioned Way with Lots of Friends? Want to Learn How? Check this out!

July 11, 2015

St. Paul Street Evangelism is exploding with groups across the country and even the world. Likeminded Catholics tired of silence finally are hitting the streets together, having fun, sharing the Good News of Jesus and changing lives. Tired of just “wanting to evangelize”? Not sure what it is or how to do it? How about […]

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New Convert Holds His Ground with a Street Preacher

April 15, 2015

I was so delighted to receive this e-mail that I had to share it with everyone! Hi Steve, Just had to share this…I was visiting San Antonio this weekend and as I walked around the riverwalk section of town, a gentleman approached me with a gospel tract. When he asked, “Are you sure you are […]

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“Hey, I Like Your Cross!”

April 8, 2015

That’s why I always where my San Damiano Cross. It is colorful and catches people’s eye. Even yesterday while traveling two people commented. My response is always, “Thanks, I wear it proudly as a Catholic!” Invariably an interesting discussion ensues. An atheist once asked why he should become Catholic. What fun! Yesterday two people at […]

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Fun Article in Faith Magazine: For Stephen Ray Evangelizing is an Adventure!

April 6, 2015

Faith Magazine came out to do an interview last year and the article showed up this month (April 2016). Hope you enjoy it. Today we are ON OUR WAY to Fatima, Avila and Lourdes! Stay tuned for updates, daily videos and more.

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St. Paul Street Evangelism – Catholics Preaching on the Street like St. Paul

January 4, 2015

If you are not familiar with St. Paul Street Evangelism they are worth getting to know – and worth joining. It was started a while ago by my friend Steve Dawson who said, “Why don’t we Catholics hit the streets and public squares like the early Christians and like the Apostles?”  So… …he started St. […]

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Pope Emeritus Benedict: Interreligious Dialogue No Substitute for Spreading the Gospel

November 17, 2014

Less than a month ago, from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:  Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as “lethal to faith.” He also said the true motivation for missionary work is not to increase the […]

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Support Street Evangelization

July 15, 2014

St. Paul would be proud of the street evangelization going on in his name. Now is your chance to show your support of the tremendous work of my friend Steve Dawson and the 130 international teams of street evangelizers. A Celebration of St. John Paul II and the New Evangelization You are cordially invited to: […]

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