By Matt Horan
As a pastor in the United Methodist Church, I have had the privilege of working with lots of different groups of disciples at various stages of their life with Christ. Senior citizens, baby boomers, young families, college students, high school students, middle school students, elementary school students… even the kids from our church preschool’s VPK program when I lead “preschool chapel” every Wednesday morning in the sanctuary.
One night recently one of my four-year-old chapel attenders spotted me in a grocery store. He looked at me with wide eyes and demanded, “Pastor Matt! Why are you not at the church?”
So, in case you’re like my preschool friend, it’s important to clarify that I sometimes go places other than the church. I’ve been to airports, the beach, I ate at The Varsity in Atlanta once, and I’ve seen baseball games at Veterans Stadium, Turner Field, Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, and Tropicana Field, as well as several different Spring Training venues. In fact, some of my favorite non-church places are baseball fields.
I own several baseball cards that were once my retirement plan, but in the wake of the “steroid era,” they are now a waste of those little plastic screw-down holders sitting in a shoe box in my garage. Or attic. I think.
I’ve been in the same fantasy baseball league since 1993, my best finish ever was a 4th place, but I still believe that I’m due to win it any time now. I teared up a little when the Phillies won the World Series. Okay, it was no “Curse of the Bambino” or anything, but I had been six the last time it happened, so it was a long wait. There was crying in baseball.
Anyway, in the event anybody wonders why there’s an article about baseball on the ReEmergent Church blog, well, I’m just saying that sometimes I go places other than church. Read the rest of this entry »