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Rigorous Truth: Baseball, Errors, and Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

That truth about baseball is the truth about life: Errors are part of the rigorous truth of being human. When I was growing up, I had three older cousins who were my models for be ...

Finding Hope On Opening Day
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Press

April 4, 2014 Sojo in the News Tom Feran ...

Opening Day: Hope Springs Eternal
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 5:23pm | Type: Press

April 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Hope Springs Eternal
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

The key emotion of my baseball experience is hope over despair, which is also the most important meaning of Easter for us as Christians. Oh my, did I need Opening Day this year. O ...

Fans Rely on God, Rituals to Boost Favorite Team
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Most Americans don’t think God or the devil will be picking the NFL playoff winners this weekend or any other sports champions. Most Americans don’t think God or the devil will b ...

Fields of Faith and Doubt
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Duane Shank Baseball as a Road to God. Gotham Books. IN MY MEMORY from nearly 50 years ago, the great pitcher ...

Why I Love To Hate Alex Rodriguez
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

Hatred is dangerous because it’s mimetic – it spreads from person to person like a contagious disease and allows us to unite over and against our scapegoat. ... but a guilty scapegoat is the best kind because ...

On Scripture: It's the Name on the Front of the Jersey That Matters
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

I am intrigued that a New York-born Puerto Rican is told to go back to Mexico in response to his performance of God Bless America. It seems to me that in some ideological circles, any brown person with the sli ...

Baseball’s Darryl Strawberry Buries his Past in New Career as a Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

The four-bedroom, two-story modest house sits on a corner in this planned bedroom community, and when this 6-6 muscular-toned man welcomes you inside his home, there is no evidence Darryl Strawberry the player ...

We Interrupt This Family for Baseball Season
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Press

May 31, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The Spirituality of Sports and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

I like Wallis’s three rules, but I think there is an important one missing when it comes to the common good. If the common good is for everyone, then how do we treat the team that loses? And if we happen to lo ...

Jackie Robinson’s Faith Missing From '42' Movie
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

A new film about Jackie Robinson, titled “42″ — the number he wore during his historic career — tells the triumphant story of how the Civil Rights icon integrated professional baseball by playing for the Brook ...

A Revolutionary Picture
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Larry Doby was black and Steve Gromek was white. Gromek was from the working-class culture of Hamtramck, Mich., and Doby from the Jim Crow culture of Camden, S.C. It was a revolutionary picture because it show ...

Life Lessons From Baseball
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 2:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Our call from God is to offer hope where nobody else does. I have been a Little League baseball co ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 24, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

Bruce Springsteen surprises memorial concertgoers in Oslo with a performance of "We Shall Overcome" --- Banksy's controversial Olympic art raises questions in London --- Lord Voldemort's Su ...

The America I Love
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

Vignettes from a Midwestern summer baseball game. It’s a hot summer evening in a Midwestern town. The grass is glimmering in the bright lights, contrasting with the brown dirt of ...

St. Paul Saints Baseball Team to Become ‘Mr. Paul Aints’ on Atheist Night
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

For one hot August night, the St. Paul Saints, a Minnesota minor league baseball team, will become the “Mr. Paul Aints” in a game sponsored by a local atheist group. For one hot A ...

Unexpected Hope: The Vocation of the Church
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 2:21pm | Type: SojoMail

May 17, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "The church is supposed ...

Unexpected Hope: The Vocation of the Church
Originally Posted: 05/17/2012 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

So I want to speak directly to you about the vocation of the church in the world. Let me start with a baseball story. I have been a Little League baseball coach for both my son’s teams over many years. And I’ ...

Number of African-American Baseball Players Declines
Originally Posted: 04/16/2012 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

This morning, USA Today released research results showing that the percentage of African Americans in baseball is now down to 8 percent, the lowest since Jackie Robinson’s day Yes ...

2011 Passings: Requiescat in pace
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

It’s good to start a new year by remembering those who passed in the just concluded year. These aren’t the most famous (or infamous), and I didn’t know them personally (or, at best, had met several briefly), ...

Thankful, Indeed
Originally Posted: 11/24/2011 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

I’ve learned that it’s especially important for those who are always trying to change the world, to remember what they are thankful for in their world as it is! I’ve learned that ...

Our Field of Dreams in Bristol, Connecticut
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

If you are a 12-year-old baseball player, it looks like a field of dreams. There are huge bleachers wrapped around home plate, extending into left and right field. http://creat ...

My Other Calling? Coaching Jack and Luke
Originally Posted: 08/06/2011 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

My iPhone died and I didn't even care. A cooler full of water and ice was dumped on my head, which soaked not only me, but also my phone. My older son Luke's Little League team, called the Nationals, ...

The Highest Calling: Being a Dad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was Father's Day. As a favor to a dear friend, I did a speaking event on Saturday night away from home, and planned on returning very early in the morning for Sunday and Father's Day. ...

Breaking the Fast, Building the Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

On Easter weekend, I will break my fast. I will have spent almost four weeks drinking only liquids. But, as is often true of fasts, what has been gained is far greater than anything given up. ...

'Judge, Appeal To Your Inner Self!'
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 12:18pm | Type: Blog

I spent all day Saturday at a middle-school debate tournament. My seventh-grade son Luke loves being on his middle school baseball team. I spent all day Saturday at a middle-schoo ...

Wonderful and Complicated
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Got an e-mail the other day from a friend who is a young Christian leader. He told me he was getting married. Wow, I thought. Married! Got an e-mail the other day from a friend wh ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/06/friday-links-round-up-8/"></a>Anne Rice. Elena Kagan. Kanye West. Baseball. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may h ...

Fatherhood: The Best Job in the World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Sometimes the most important things are not at the top of the news cycle -- even the things that ultimately make the most difference in the world. The c ...

The Ultimate Insult? Call a Man a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I am not a hockey fan. I am the wife of a long-suffering Cubs fan, and by marriage I have learned all I know about baseball, football, and basketball from my husband. I am not a h ...

Silent Prayers and a More Than Perfect Game
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There are times when there are no words. There are times when it seems that there is no hope for humankind, that our blindness to the things that make for peace is willful. There ...

We Interrupt This Family for Baseball Season
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Somebody sent that sign to my wife Joy and she promptly put it up outside right next to our front door. It's true -- our family now organizes life around baseball. Somebody s ...

Pro Baseball Players Join Protest of Arizona Immigration Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Professional sports and political issues have traditionally remained separate. But the new immigration law in Arizona is closing that divide. Professional sports and political is ...

Baseball, Tiger Woods, March Madness, and the American Soul
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm not much of a sports person, but I have to admit that April 5 was a remarkable day for sports -- especially sports and religion. I'm not much of a sports person, bu ...

The Real Meaning of Sports
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Baseball has changed our family's life. This issue of Sojourners focuses on sports, faith, ...

Beer Diplomacy: What Would Jesus Brew?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_T46kEyyVU_k/SnJYnNcPDHI/AAAAAAAACw8/4G6Xga-fHwU/s1600-h/obama-beer.jpg"></a></p> <p>"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they sha ...

My Summer Road Trips
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For our family, summer is road trip time. Joy loves to drive, and our two boys, Luke and Jack, are veteran travelers - by land, air, and even sea! For our family, summer is road t ...

Umpires, Perspective, and the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"Judges are like umpires. Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. ...

A Calendar is a Moral Document
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Dad, could we go to the field and practice a little more pitching?" Our Astros Little League baseball team had just won the Northwest Washington, D.C. championship game in the last inning. ...

You Go J-O!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When I found out A Night of Hope with Joel &amp; Victoria would be playing in New York City, at the brand new $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium, I knew I had to attend this concert. (Sorry, but if you ...

I Hope Rush Limbaugh Fails
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Go ahead, guess who wrote the following paragraph. And I'll give you a hint: It's not Al Franken, Keith Olberman, Rachel Maddow, or even Michael Moore.</p> Go ah ...

Is A-Rod Forgiveable?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

Over brunch with my husband and one of my best guy friends last weekend, conversation turned, as it does, to Major League Baseball, doping and the nature of sin.</p> Over br ...

Baseball, Football, and George Carlin
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Comedian <a title="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/arts/24carlin.html?_r=1&amp;ref=obituaries&amp;oref=slogin" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/arts/24carlin.html?_r=1 ...

Man of the Decade
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum If we get the heroes we deserve, then Pete Rose may just be the man for America today. If ...