Gavin MacLeod: ‘Love Boat’ captain now ‘ambassador for Christ’

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"This is Your Captain Speaking" by Gavin MacLeod book cover courtesy W Publishing Group

"This is Your Captain Speaking" by Gavin MacLeod book cover courtesy W Publishing Group

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(RNS) You may remember him as Murray on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” or Captain Stubing on “The Love Boat.” But Gavin MacLeod — whose acting career is bookended with a spiritual TV program and a Christian movie — says his calling is now to be an “ambassador for Christ.” The 82-year-old actor is out with a new book, “This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith and Life.”

  • Allan Gies

    10-24-13: I saw you on FOX today and was so impressed. My life runs parallel to yours in many respects including the importance of your second wife, Patti. My wife’s name is Deloris and she has a Pentecostal upbringing and truly is an Ambassador for Christ whose words and wisdom have touched not only my life, but those all around her including wonderful people who are not Christians. She even recorded a beautiful gospel album “A Closer Walk with Thee” and all who are fortunate enough to personally receive it from her, absolutely love it. She has been President of many organizations and even the soloist at the Rancho Santa Fe Presbyterian Church, in San Diego, CA. Yet, with all these talents, she has many more including 4 hole in one’s and a ‘birdie’ on #12 at Augusta, GA. Although her birthday was this past Sunday, I want to present her with your book. Do most bookstores carry it? Thanks for everything, Allan Gies
    PS: By the way, a year or so ago I saw on television the true story of a young man, a Muslim who lived in the Middle East, who was trained to shot and kill Jews. One night while sleeping in his apartment, he was awakened by a bright light that shown in his bedroom. He, a devout Muslim who hated Jews, sternly questioned the Light demanding it answer his question: ‘Who are You’? The Light responded, “I am that I am” and was told, “I want you to be an Ambassador for Christ”. The hate towards Jews evaporated and He accepted this commission with 100% commitment.

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  • Mary

    Dear Gavin,
    I, too, was raised Catholic and I am divorced and have since remarried. I’m reading your book right now and have not quite finished it but I wanted to tell you something: The Catholic Church welcomes back separated and divorced Catholics. Excommunication is not part of the vernacular anymore! A priest once told me, “I don’t think separated and divorced Catholics should be denied the sacraments because they are the very ones who need them — to heal!”
    Just wanted to tell you that! You are always welcome back into the Catholic Church! Now, back to finishing your GREAT book!