My new book — To Stir a Movement — is released! Check it out here.
I’ll be going on a short break from blogging while I get into the routine of the new season. Follow this blog, follow my tweets, or watch this space for updates. God bless you!
In her comment on my last post, Cathy wrote, “Maybe some of us will be reminded to worship, and act, each time you come to the mound.” Thank you Cathy! I pray that some of you will remember to pray for me, and I have a wonderful way for you to act each time I come to the mound. Join me in using my pitches to free slaves! There’s a Free2Play app on Facebook designed to help us fight slavery together. Opening Day is right around the next corner! Let me show you how fun and easy this app is to use.
When you click this link to the app, you’ll see the following screen:
If you like, you can explore the features of this page and watch my 2.5 minute video about Free2Play.
Then go ahead and click the large orange button that says, “Get Started!” That takes you to this screen:
Check out that black box that says, “Let’s start a roster!” All the instructions you will need are embedded in the app. They will walk you through the simple steps you’ll take to get started. Pick me for your roster! I’ve pledged to donate $250.00 per strike out, and $250.00 per save or hold, to Free2Play. Won’t you join me? Pledge a dime or a dollar, and add it to my $250.00, and together we’ll free our neighbors in slavery.
You’re not restricted to choosing players who have pledged to Free2Play. You can draft any player to your team! Use your baseball smarts to build your roster, and challenge your friends to play with you. This is similar to fantasy baseball, it’s just as much fun, and it’s an awesome way to love Jesus, in the way of Matthew 25.
If you do choose players who have pledged, your pledge is added to theirs, and they are encouraged by your support. That’s something to think about!
Don’t be afraid to give a penny, if that’s what you want to do. Combined with my pledge, your penny has power! Your pledge encourages me to make my pitches! Just remember that your little bit, joined with everyone else’s little bit, becomes a lot. Together, we can do a lot of damage to slavers and to the trafficking industry.
Have fun with this, and let me know how your roster is doing. See you Monday.
“I love you.”
I see the homeless guy, and I love him. I’m going to help him if I can. That’s being Jesus. That’s the movement I’m asking you to join. It seems simple, and you might think, “Of course, that’s how I was raised,” but most of us still don’t do it very well. I don’t do it very well. There’s so much more I could do to love my neighbor as myself. I keep trying!
The movement to love our neighbor as ourselves is stirring. It is stirring in this world. It is awesome to see.
I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes Americans forget that there’s any other country out there. Read more…
I do not lie in bed at night saying, “Man, I’m so awesome, I just won two world championships! Oh, I’m so cool!” I do not do that.
I don’t go home at the end of the day and say to my three boys, “Hey sons! Tell me what your dad did,” just to hear them say, “Dad! You won two World Series!” I would be so disappointed to hear my kids say that. I don’t want them to say that. I don’t want them to know me as some pro athlete that won a world championship. In five years, no one is going to even know I was on the team.
Okay, Giants fans might remember, because they really love their team! But most people will not know who I am. When I stand before my God and King, and He looks at me from the throne, what is He going to say? Read more…
Throughout my baseball career, God has continually increased my role in Christian social justice projects. Due to my participation in hunger and abolition initiatives, and after I saw the joy expressed by Ugandan children over clean, clear water, I read about the judgment of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25 with fresh eyes. And as I told you last time, this opened me anew to the simple truth of the Gospel. When you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, and you make that dedication to love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, then the Spirit of God becomes alive in you.
That’s when the aroma of Christ will flow out of you. Read more…
I’ve been a Christian my entire life. I think I’ve read the Bible a few times! But as soon as I started to truly understand the joy that comes from loving my neighbor as myself, I read Matthew 25 and it was like I’d never seen it before! I’m sure I’d read it more than once. But it felt brand new to me. I’m sure you’ve seen it before too, but it’s really important to what I’m saying, so I want to spend time reading it again right now. Read more…
A lot of baseball players are millionaires, but even so, we can experience misery. We can buy two, or three, or four cars. We can buy boats. We can buy houses. But we figure out pretty quick that money doesn’t make things joyful. And if you don’t know how to use it, it can give you more headaches. Read more…