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 voice-substitute the word “Church” for “Coach.” And, of course, in our version of the song the Holy Spirit is speaking 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 starting 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)