Travis Ishikawa’s Faith

My teammate Travis Ishikawa testified at Giants Fellowship Day last August.

It’s so powerful! He testifies to staying in the Word, even when the outlook isn’t very clear.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Romans 8:35

Stay strong and hope, because God has a plan. With Him, all things are possible!

See you Thursday.

Ryan Vogelsong’s Faith

My teammate Ryan Vogelsong testified at Giants Fellowship Day last month.

Check it out. His honesty is so uplifting. He reminds us that even when we feel lost, God is preparing a path for us.

The Bible, man. It tells us what we need to know.

See you Thursday.

Show and Tell

When Jesus came down, He said, “You know what? I’m God! I can tell people how to live.” But He knew He needed to do more than that. He knew that when it comes to human beings, it’s not enough to tell us how to live. We need to be shown.

The first time God told us how to live, the result was chaos. That was Old Testament. He gave the people the Ten Commandments, and those commandments said, “This is how you’re supposed to live.” The law said, “These things are sins,” and God included instructions for giving offerings to atone for sin. And what happened? God ended up saying, “Man! You guys give offerings on these days for these sins, and then once you give that offering, you go out and do the same thing again! And I know why you do that. It’s because later, all you’re going to do is give another offering, and you’ll be fine.” Continue reading

Salt and Light

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16

You might wonder why I think it’s so important for Christians to lead the cause of abolition. Some might think that we should just wait for Jesus to come again. Continue reading

Justice

So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:16-21

I finished my recruiting talk for the Free2Play team by telling the players and their wives a little bit about the different scenarios. “We need to join together,” I said. Continue reading

Consciousness Raising Part 2

A big part of recruiting players and their wives to the Free2Play team involved giving them some awareness about the situation. When Dave Batstone and I visited Bible studies for players during spring training, I shared some of my ideas about why slavery is a Jesus situation. I explained that Jesus would not support human trafficking. And since Jesus wouldn’t support it, neither should we.

Then I told them about slave labor. They were really amazed. “Wow,” they said, “slavery is in the things we buy!” And I said “Yeah, it’s in the things you buy.” But I also explained how slave labor is a really tough thing to fight, because it’s so hard to detect. For example, every one of us has a cell phone. Continue reading

Consciousness Raising Part 1

During Spring Training we jumped on a great opportunity to visit Bible studies around the Phoenix area to talk to players and their wives and recruit the Free2Play team. What did I tell them when I sat with them? I said, “Look, not only is this a political situation, but I truly believe this is a Jesus situation.”

I know there are so many worthy charities coming to ballplayers and asking us for donations. And I understand that everybody probably already has a charity or a foundation they support. It could be autism, it could be diabetes, it could be cancer, and it could even be all those things. And they’re all good causes! I would not want to take away from any of them.

However, combating human trafficking is not the same kind of charity. When you fight human trafficking, you don’t tackle a situation that you have no control over. Continue reading