Pastor's Bird-Catching Video Goes Viral

Like Us

Matt Carter is the Preaching Pastor at The Austin Stone Church in Austin, Texas, and the author of The Real Win with Colt McCoy. In this amazing video Carter catches a bird mid-flight while hunting with friends. So far the video has receieved close to a half-million hits. 

Please Note: We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, uncivil and off-topic. Read a detailed description of our Comments Policy.
  • Common Sense

    I heard this man speak at Expo2011 (I think). If I do not have him confused with someone else… this is what impacted me…

    Background: Back in 2007 Expo seemed to be more about marketing and promotion – and yes in so far as Churches own structures that are somewhat businesses, well, then we are responsible before God to handle those structures well. It is not a given that it glorifies God when we handle our business affairs with neglect say… ex. not advertising our Church services well, or not practicing good book keeping and etc. BUT Churches are NOT businesses – they own business like structures sometimes but they themselves are something else… and that something is called to be on the mission of God.

    Moving Ahead to 2011 ( I think): So, his church, like good business people did a study and found that they could expect 2000 more people to come to worship there (because of demographic trends). So far so good (good business practice)- so they started a building campaign (to raise $31 million I think) so that they could add to their sanctuary and accommodate these new people (maybe good business practice but maybe not good Missio Dei). At this point the mission of God should have been examined outside of business practices… and apparently IT WAS! They asked themselves an honest question (very rare in itself), ‘Will Austin be impacted if we add 2000 attenders?’

    Probably not. (I thought to myself, ‘Yes, smaller churches will become weaker as people migrate over – or at least won’t grow as new residents are drawn to the hottest Christian show in town…’). But they did something amazing here – rather they allowed themselves to be led by God (I think so…). they asked, ‘Will, Austin be impacted if we send out 2000 trained missionaries to start churches, Bible studies, house churches and the like?’

    YES! So, I if understood it correctly, they trained 2000 of their people and sent them out (not to return) and thereby were about the mission of God AND freed up seating for their new comers.

    If I got this story right and that is what they did – bravo! Praise The Lord. And if this is what happened – that is of course more rare (sadly) than catching a bird mid-flight, or catching coffee mid spill into the cup (movie: “American Ninja”) or catching a fly with chopsticks (movie: “Karate Kid”). And it doesn’t surprise me that God would allow such a preacher to catch a bird mid-flight if that is what happened. :p

    I once did the coffee thing and also once caught a hammer dropped at the construction site… I hope I will do the right thing by the Grace of God in my role as a spiritual leader too. :p

  • Robert

    I’m sorry however, THIS is actually newsworthy????? Sorry, this is just not that impressive……

  • Common Sense


    Just, “joie de vivre” my friend! Enjoy life!

    We are engaged in the great battle of our day – if we are properly spending our lives… and it is okay to celebrate and enjoy a fun thing – God has made the wild!

  • Chuck

    Newsworthy? Maybe not. But maybe interesting to folks other than you.
    Not that impressive? Maybe not. But I never caught a bird midflight in my hand. Have you?
    Of course, if your name is Bob White, I think I may understand your perspective.

  • Tommy James

    That was cool watching The Pastor catch a bird with His bare hands in mid air.

  • eminoni

    what a catch

  • chanda

    out of the ordinary

  • The Rev

    haha… SENSATIONAL!!!

  • Chisel

    A bird in the hand is worth……a half million hits……


WATCH: The History of Memorial Day

Take a closer look at the origin of Memorial Day, a day dedicated to honoring the memory of fallen troops. A video created by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.