How to Fight for the Kingdom of God

Jesus knows our lives. Even when He walked among us, Jesus could see into 2013. He could see how bad the world would become. He could see how comfortable with sin our world would be. Sin is becoming just another part of life, and the prevailing attitude seems to be, “Hey, to each his own.” Jesus looks at this, and He says, “Man! The world needs a lot of forgiveness!

Jesus knows that believers walking the earth today need a lot of hope and encouragement. Continue reading

Free2Play on Facebook

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:

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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:

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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.

Hooked on Abolition

Last time, I told you about how God brought me to San Francisco. I believe He brought me to San Francisco for a reason. Almost as soon as I arrived, I learned to fight human trafficking.

In a previous post, I told you how I got into food initiatives, and how satisfying it is to give the hungry something to eat. It was so fulfilling that I started researching poverty and hunger closely. And then everywhere I looked, I saw a dreadful pattern. Continue reading

The Funny Thing About San Francisco

Here’s the funny thing about San Francisco. For the first seven years of my professional career, I said, “No chance I’m ever signing with San Francisco. I will not go there.” People would ask me, “Why not?” And I would tell them, “Because I don’t agree morally with that city, and I don’t agree politically with that city.”

Anytime my team went to San Francisco to play, either the A’s or the Giants depending on the league I was in, we’d always stay in San Francisco. I would stay in my hotel room the entire time. I would only come out to go to the ballpark. When it was time to get on a train, I wouldn’t even leave the hotel and wait on the sidewalk. Instead, I’d stay inside and look out the doors. As soon as the BART came, I’d run to it, get on, and go to the field. I didn’t want anything to do with that city. Continue reading

Come to Church with Me!

On the last Sunday of 2012, I was the guest speaker at my friend Pastor Eddie Byun’s church in Seoul, South Korea. Being over there and spending time with my brothers and sisters in Korea and Thailand was extraordinary and I am so grateful for the experience. The entire worship service was video recorded and you can watch it online by clicking the link below.

The texts I spoke on were Mark 12:28-31 and Matthew 25:31-46. I know the link is in Korean, but I spoke at the English service, so the whole video is in English. Here’s a program of events to follow as you watch or listen:

  • music of praise (15 minutes)
  • welcome and prayers
  • Pastor Eddie on the impact of Dave Batstone and the Not For Sale Campaign on the ministry of the church
  • at 30 minutes, Dave Batstone speaks
  • at 33 minutes, I speak

Click this link, and then click the picture of the guy with the microphone (that’s my friend Dave Batstone). And then come to church with me! 온 세상을 위한 복음의 통로 CGNTV.

My next few blog posts will transcribe my talk.  See you Wednesday.

Charity Needs Wisdom

Jesus knows our lives. Even when He walked among us, Jesus could see into 2012. He could see how bad the world would become. He could see how comfortable with sin our world would be. Sin is becoming just another part of life, and the prevailing attitude seems to be, “Hey, to each his own.” Jesus looks at this, and He says, “Man! The world needs a lot of forgiveness!

Jesus knows that believers walking the earth today need a lot of hope and encouragement. And we need a lot of His wisdom! Continue reading

Free2Play on Facebook

I’d love to get my readers to use the Free2Play app on Facebook together with their friends. Let me show you how fun and easy it is to use.

When you click the link, you’ll see the following screen:

If you like, you can watch the 2.5 minute video about Free2Play.

You’ll probably have to scroll to see the bottom half of the app’s screen, which looks like this:

On the left, you can read a fast explanation of Free2Play and get a couple of tips on how to use it.  On the right, you can view a slideshow that highlights the Free2Play players and their pledges.

Are you logged into Facebook?  Then go ahead and click the large button that says, “PLAY BALL.”  That takes you to this screen:

This roster belongs to one of the app’s users. Beth has just added Curtis Granderson to her roster, and finished building her outfield.

Now she would like to add Matt Cain.  See how she has clicked the arrow next to Granderson’s name, which launched a search screen.  She typed in “Cai” which returned a list of players, and she can choose Matt’s name from the list.

If she wants to, then right next to that, she can click the arrow next to “pitches an inning,” and select a different accomplishment from the drop-down list, such as “Pitches a Winning Game.

She’s chosen to pledge one dollar, and has set a monthly maximum of $50.00.  After she clicked the large green plus sign, Matt was added to her roster. Once you’re  done building your team, the app will ask you for billing information.

Next, you can post the roster to your wall and challenge your friends. For example, you and your friends can each build a complete team and then compete. Imagine how this can work. Begin by setting some rules. Let’s say no one is allowed to pledge more than $5.00 per player, and no one is allowed to pledge more than $75.00 maximum per month. At the end of each month, the one who comes closest to the maximum wins, and the others have to take him or her to a ball game.

Part of your victory will depend on how good you are at choosing players, and part of your victory will depend on how good you are at selecting the activity for which you’ll donate. For example, right now Josh Hamilton leads the American League in RBIs, while Jason Kipnis leads the league in stolen bases. So you might do better by drafting Kipnis for stolen bases instead of RBIs, and Hamilton for RBIs instead of stolen bases. Challenge yourself! You can play with this all season long, and make changes anytime you want.

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. This is similar to fantasy baseball, is just as much fun, and helps free children from slavery.

Of course, if you choose players who have pledged, your pledge is added to theirs, and they are encouraged by your support. That’s something to think about! But just remember this: your little bit, joined with everyone else’s little bit, becomes a lot. It can do a lot of damage.

The app itself has a great “how-to” feature.  At any time, you can click the orange question mark next to “Add to Roster,” and you’ll be given a quick and easy tour of the app.

Have fun with this, and let me know how your team is doing.  See you Wednesday.

Called Together

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I’m part of the Not For Sale Campaign’s Free2Play Foundation. Before last Tuesday’s game, we had a pre-game ceremony to raise awareness about slavery and human trafficking. Some of the people from Not For Sale were present at the event, including my friend David Batstone, the president. The Giants organization has been awesome in its support of our efforts.

Everyone involved in Not For Sale/Free2Play has been called together to accomplish great things. Thanks to the dedicated participation of every donor, staff member, and volunteer, we’ve built a medical facility in Thailand for kids who were rescued by Not For Sale from traffickers. We built a basketball court for them as well. We’ve also built soccer fields in South America, and we’ve built a school in Uganda.

Building facilities like these is a major accomplishment. We get it done because so many people give small amounts of time or money or both, and that adds up to big results. Continue reading

Pitching in to help the fight against slavery

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CNN did a feature on Free2Play with me and Dave Batstone as part of the CNN Freedom Project. Here’s what it looks like:

As the regular season in Major League Baseball kicks off, meet a pitcher who is championing the fight against modern-day slavery. CNN’s Mark McKay reports.

Become An Abolitionist Today!

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been breaking down my ideas for the movement I want to inspire.  I wrote about how we can find true fulfillment in Christ by helping to free the slaves, and by bringing relief to everyone suffering from hunger, thirst, disease, and abandonment.  I wrote about how this is the real meaning of loving others as ourselves.  I wrote about how important it is to start out with the biggest dream you can possibly dream, and encouraged you to pursue success so that you can share your achievements with your suffering neighbors.

There is so much you can do, and you can start right now.  Anyone can have a huge impact just by joining forces with a lot of other people.  It’s not about the amount you give.  It’s the number of individuals giving that makes the difference.  If we work together, we can do anything.

How about signing up at Not For Sale, and joining the abolitionist movement?  You can add your pledge to the ones pro athletes make at Free2Play.  My pledge is to give $100.00 for every strike out.  I’ve had one strike out in the National League Championship Series so far.  Why not add to my pledge?  I’m sure you could give a dollar or two for every remaining strike out in the postseason.  If ten of you did that, then together we’d donate $110 – $120 for every strike out.  You see, when we work together, we get extremely effective! Continue reading