Rites of spring ring in ‘Church ofBaseball’

Sermon on the Mound
Megachurch pastor Rick Warren stood on the mound at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, on Easter Sunday and delivered his pitch.

“Baseball is a game of numbers in which every player falls short of perfection,” said the best-selling author and evangelical powerhouse. “Similarly, in life, while we have all had a few hits or scored a few runs, we strike out a lot.” Whether we’re superstars or benchwarmers, God’s our biggest fan, Warren concluded.

To the 50,000 people who watched Warren’s well-advertised “Sermon on the Mound,” the striking similarities between baseball and religious life were clear as a summer Sunday. But as a sprint around the bases shows, Warren is just one of a number of preachers, scholars, players and fans who hears echoes of the ethereal when the umpire cries “Play ball!”


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