Behind the Blog: Shattering Major-League Idols

Here are the timestamps (counting backwards) for the topics covered:

-32:45 What daily difference does faith in Jesus make in your profession?

-31:30 A common narrative: God saving Christian athletes from their sport

-30:35 Donnie’s story of God shattering his idol

-29:25 Darin’s story

-27:18 How Darin deals with the fear of getting hit again

-25:45 Christian camaraderie in baseball and life

-24:35 Corporate Bible study with fellow Christians on the team

-23:22 Gospel-advance behind the scenes in pro baseball

-21:50 Personal spiritual disciplines with major-league distractions

-19:50 The blessing Darin is receiving from John Piper’s ministry

-18:57 Getting to the Majors without making baseball god

-17:45 Advice for not letting athletics consume you

-15:00 Advice to young players about spiritual priorities and keeping God central

-12:45 How Darin deals with the pressure and difficulty of his utility role

-10:40 How faith makes a practical difference on the field

-9:25 Go-to verses and thoughts about God for pressured moments

-6:45 Navigating by the unseen in a game consumed with numbers

-4:25 Donnie’s journey in 2012

-2:00 Embracing God’s will in homeruns and strikeouts

-1:20 Closing prayer

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David Mathis (@davidcmathis) is executive editor for, pastor at Cities Church in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, and adjunct professor for Bethlehem College & Seminary. He has edited several books, including Finish the Mission, Acting the Miracle, and most recently Cross, and is co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary.

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Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is the lead pastor of Cities Church in Minneapolis/St. Paul, where he lives with his wife, Melissa, and their five children. He is co-editor of Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice.

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Tony Reinke is a staff writer for Desiring God and the author of three books: Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011), Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015), and The Joy Project: A True Story of Inescapable Happiness (2015). He hosts the popular Ask Pastor John podcast, and lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their three children. He also blogs at

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