Baseball and the Bible: A great illustration

Here’s a great illustration from House to House, Heart to Heart on religious unity and authority by Eddy Gilpin. The article makes a spiritual point and plea by using a historic game of baseball that was played in Cuba in 1999 as an example of two very different teams being able to see things alike because they played by the rules.

For you Twitter users, the story even ends with a chance to tweet this short but poignant question:

If two baseball teams can see the need for authority and seeing matters alike, why can’t we in the religious…

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Little Swings that the Media Loves to Take at God

Last night, Mariano Rivera, a beloved and retiring pitcher in professional baseball, entered the game to a lot of fanfare to play in his last MLB All-Star game. The rest of the players even came off of the field to allow Mr. Rivera to be the lone player and recipient of a standing ovation. Even the reporters clapped for him during the post-game interview! I’d call that a sign of respect, wouldn’t you?

After the game, Mr. Rivera said, “I would like to thank God for this, my wife, my kids, my family, you guys, the fans, are the best. It’s been a privilege, it almost made me cry. I cannot be more happy than that.” I don’t personally know Mr. Rivera at all, but it seems to me as if he wanted to show some respect in turn to others who had an effect on his life.

As a minimal fan of professional baseball that would’ve been the end of my interest in the story, but then I read a story this morning on the ole’ Huff-n-Puff that quoted Mr. Rivera as saying, “I would like to thank god for this….” Now again, I don’t personally know Mr. Rivera at all, but I think I may be safe in assuming that he was not thanking the god of baseball grass, the god of electric lights or even the god of baseball itself – but rather he was thanking the one God of Heaven and Earth. Even though this scenario was true, the writer of the story decided to insert himself into Mr. Rivera’s words due to his personal beliefs, or his editor’s, to take a little swing at God by using the lowercase g to describe what Mr. Rivera was saying.

It’s too bad that the same respect shown to Mr. Rivera’s performance on the field wasn’t shown to the words he said off of it; but little does that writer realize that he was the one who actually struck out last night, for God was still in the same place after the game that He was in before the game ever began – reigning from Heaven as the One living true God.

I am the LORD, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me.” (Isaiah 45:5)

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Hugh Fulford: Play Ball!

The game of baseballA few days ago, a cry went up in ballparks all across America—”Play Ball!”

I fell in love with the game of baseball when I was just a little boy. I still remember my mother ordering me a baseball uniform and glove from Sears & Roebuck when I was about eight or nine years old, how anxiously I anticipated the arrival of the package, and how excited I was when it finally came.

Other than junior high school and high school football, basketball, and baseball, the little town in which I grew up did not have formally organized sports teams such as dominate the scene of towns and cities in America today. The school “Vocational Shop” teacher nevertheless loved sports of all kinds and took an interest in the boys of our community by working with us in the summertime, coaching us in baseball, and occasionally arranging games between us and similar rag-tag teams in nearby towns. Continue reading

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Is winning everything? – JAM

Years ago when Bill Veeck owned the Cleveland Indians, he moved the outfield fences in or out depending on the lineup of the visiting team. When the league finally passed a rule prohibiting that, Veeck compensated:  Rather than move the fences, he would go out to the ball park at night, dig up home plate, and move it a few feet forward or backward. Winning is rewarding but if we send a message that says: win at any cost, we are sending the wrong message. Instead we should be saying: it’s not whether you win or lose that counts the most, it’s how you play the game. Everyone wants to win but we need to remember winning is not everything! This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

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As Richard, I am a HUGH college football…

As Richard, I am a HUGH college football fan (CFB). I have been fortunate to play the sport in high school and college (one year). After football, I enjoy baseball, but not as I once did. I have coached baseball all the way up to semi-pro, but the latest was American Legion. Last year I bit off more that I could chew, so my coaching days are all but finished. Any more, I am a fan that enjoys watching. A favorite to participate is golf; to me, golf is relaxing. The competitive spirit of hitting the ball just right and sending it where it needs to go is a challenge I enjoy – not very good – but something I enjoy. Now that the NBA is over (only the finals did I watch), I can look forward to summer camp, pre-season FB games and then the opening weekend of CFB. Ohio State comes to Champaign; perhaps I will get tickets to go.

#baseball, #football, #golf

The largest gathering I’ve ever been in…

The largest gathering I’ve ever been in was probably a Cubs/Cardinals baseball game. The attendance was around 40,000 people as I recall.

Ranae’s due date is 1 week away. Adin, Abel, & Abram can’t wait for Amos to arrive!


Chasing Integrity

Tim Hall tells the sad and turbulent story of  baseball great Mark McGwire and how he allowed fame to ruin his judgment.

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