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Inspirational Hits from MLB’s Best: Dugout Devotions by Del Duduit (2019)

Dugout Devotions

Inspirational Hits from MLB’s Best: Dugout Devotions
Del Duduit
148 pages
Iron Stream Books, 2019

Baseball’s regular season is right around the corner, and no other sport seems to lend itself to spiritual applications than America’s pastime. In this collection of thirty devotionals, Del Duduit and others collect stories from the diamond and relate them to one’s faith journey. The devotions are encouraging, and many of them would work well as illustrations in sermons.

Like any book, there are positive and negative aspects in Dugout Devotions. There is a proper emphasis on the importance of relying on the Word rather than just feelings (2 Timothy 3:16-17). However, there is the contradictory mention of a player who thought the Lord “tapped…him on the shoulder.” In another place, a devotional makes reference to the reader “really feel(ing) God calling you to go on (a mission) trip,” and another talks of a player “receiv(ing) a divine call” about human trafficking.

Many of the entries end with a section called “Step Up To The Plate,” offering suggestions how one might apply the lessons from the devotion. Bible study, prayer, and attendance to worship services are often among the recommendations.

While there are several devotions that discuss a player’s decision to give his life to Christ, there is no mention of how that is done. When one reads the book of Acts and the epistles, the conversion process is on display: one becomes a Christian by hearing the gospel (Romans 10:17), believing it (Romans 10:9-10), repenting of sin (Acts 3:19), confessing one’s belief (Acts 8:37), and being immersed for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). With so much confusion in the religious world, it would be prudent to include such information in any religious book. One cannot decide for himself how he comes to God; only God can tell us how to do that, and He does tell us in His Word.

For readers who are grounded in the truth, these devotions can be encouraging. One must always be careful, though, regardless of the writer, to consistently verify what man writes with what God has revealed. There are a lot of people with good intentions that will end up on the wrong team in eternity because they trusted in man without turning to God’s Word (Matthew 7:13-23).

The writers of the devotions are Del Duduit, Michelle Medlock Adams, Ryan Farr, Beckie Lindsey, Scott McCausey, Clint Rutledge, and Cyle Young. The major leaguer players, coaches, and executives featured are Brian Dozier, Albert Pujols, Ben Zobrist, Clayton Kershaw, Francisco Lindor, Aaron Judge, Andrew McCutchen, Andy Pettitte, Michael Lorenzen, Tony Graffanino, R.A. Dickey, Mike Sarbaugh, Adam Wainwright, Cody Allen, Jim Morris, Mike Matheny, Blaine Boyer, Mike Rikard, Tim Martin, Matt Carpenter, and Adam Frazier.

Click here to purchase Dugout Devotions by Del Duduit.

2011 Fan Pack Challenge: St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals are, at this moment, one of the most reviled team in the majors to me. They are division rivals with my team, the Cincinnati Reds, and often pose a real threat to the Reds postseason chances. I don’t feel the same animosity toward the Brewers or the Pirates or the Astros. But with this fan pack, my ill feelings towards the Cardinals are lessened…slightly.

Here’s their score:
The inclusion of pocket schedule(s) = 1 point (featuring Albert Pujols)
Stickers = 1
Baseball cards = 2 (featuring Albert Pujols and Adam Wainwright)
High-quality promotional items = 1 (temporary tattoo to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation)
Other stuff = 1 (thank you postcard, brochure for the Cardinals Crew Kids Club, brochure for the Cardinals Community Fund)
Timeliness = 10 points
TOTAL SCORE = 16 POINTS

Request your own Cardinals fan pack here!

2011 Reds (’92 Style): Jonny Gomes

The big news yesterday was Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright‘s injury, and Reds outfielder Jonny Gomes‘ purported celebration of such. Gomes is of course denying it, and writer Mark Sheldon has his back. But Hal McCoy (who originally reported the incident) is a Hall of Fame sportswriter. Who to believe?

One thing is for sure, if Gomes was singing joyously about the demise of the Redbird, the Redlegs’ season sure is in the tank this year. That’s how karma works, folks.

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