A tip of the (baseball) hat to John Fogerty and his All-American baseball classic, Centerfield [1]. Song titles are fair game, but it’s an infringement on Fogerty’s copyrighted work to quote even a single line of his lyrics. But there is a perfectly lawful workaround.

Each time the chorus is sung, we are going to substitute the word “Church” for “Coach.” And, of course, in our version of the song the Holy Spirit is voicing the words instead of Fogerty’s bench-warming, third-string centerfielder.


In A Way of Escape, readers learn about a little-used Centerfielder that longs to get off the bench and play. Readers learn how to get this Biblical All-Star into their everyday lineup by stepping up the degree to which they “walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16). They learn how to build a library of Spirit-anointed, flesh-diffusing apps. Apps that are uniquely fitted to them, and their unique Spirit-filling triggers (Ephesians 5:18b-19).

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

The still-struggling now have another option. The still-struggling now have fresh hope for discovering that long-sought-after way of escape from sin and temptation (I Corinthians 10:13). A way that—because it is wholly Spirit-powered—does not require enlisting the aid of an accountability partner or group. Truly, a game-changer!


1.      Fogerty, J., Centerfield, Warner Brothers Records, Los Angeles, CA, 1985 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq3hEMUeBGQ)