Mound Visits, 6/28/19

When I go through anxious times and realize that I’m not in control of life’s circumstances, there is only one place for me to turn; that turn is toward Jesus and His Word. That is where I find rest for my soul and compassion. “I have a great need for Christ; I have a great […]

Mound Visits, 6/27/19

In the heat of competition, and in the spirit of protecting players on your team, coaches sometimes say things or react in ways to the opposing coach that may hurt their Christian witness. This happened at least twice to me during my 28 years of coaching. On one such occasion, one long year after the […]

Mound Visits, 6/26/19

Recently, a young baseball coach was excited that he was selected to be a coach at a particular school. He said in his tweet after being hired, “I want to be a positive influence on the game.” My prayer for him is that he will be a positive influence on those who play the game. […]

Mound Visits, 6/25/19

There’s a lot of “talk” today. There’s talk radio, podcasts, social media, cable news, etc. We have many experts, but few people who want to roll their sleeves up to get things done. May we all “do” something today to make our team, work-place, communities, our state and our nation better today than it was […]

Mound Visits, 6/24/19

Try getting a president, or a king to hang out with you when you are going through serious trials in your life. If you are just an average person like me, they wouldn’t want to spend time with you even during the best of circumstances. But God, the Creator, “the high and lofty One” says […]

Mound Visits, 6/21/19

“Sooner or later I will be faced with the fact that the world is helpless to meet my needs. And at that point, I will be left with two conclusions; that life is cruel or God is real.” (Craig D. Lounsbrough) When Jesus’ teachings became uncomfortable for those who were following, many deserted Him. During […]

Mound Visits, 6/19/19

The pitcher’s mound can be the loneliest place in the world. Especially when you walk the bases loaded or lose the lead by giving up a walk-off home run. You feel as if everyone is looking at you, but you still feel all alone. There’s no one to pass the ball to or no one […]

Mound Visits, 6/18/19

Timothy Keller once said, “All of the world’s power and wealth are like a dream. They can neither enhance nor ruin a Christian’s deepest identity, happiness, and inheritance.” “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But when we He appears, we shall be […]

Mound Visits, 6/17/19

Many years ago, as a minor league baseball player, an outfielder on our team always seemed to have a smile and the ability to exude “positive vibes” no matter the circumstances. He could go 3-4 or 0-4, and he seemed to be at peace and made all those around him feel better about themselves. He […]

Mound Visits, 6/14/19

Mickey Mantle once said, “You don’t know how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcast booth.” Mickey was right. Whether we are broadcasting or coaching, the longer we’re away from the playing the game and the more we talk about the game, the easier it seems to be…from a distance. Whether […]