One of Major League Baseball’s best pitchers is reading through the Bible in a single year – and he’s inviting everyone to take the journey with him.
Adam Wainwright, a veteran pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, told his Twitter followers last week that he would begin reading selections each day from the Old and New Testaments and Psalms on Jan. 12 as part of an endeavor to read through God’s Word in one year.
He also set up a Twitter account dedicated to the effort and invited fans to read with him. Thus far, 13,500 have followed his new account Walking With Waino, where he posts updates about the daily readings.
“This is a cool opportunity for me to walk through God's Word in community with you,” he wrote. “It's my prayer that this would be a blessing and a daily encouragement to you all.”
Hey guys, I am so glad y'all joined this group. This is a cool opportunity for me to walk through God's Word in community with you. It's my prayer that this would be a blessing and a daily encouragement to you all. I can't wait to start on January 12th! - https://t.co/4SnW3Z1YuY— Walking With Waino (@walkingwwaino) January 9, 2020
Wainwright, 38, is a two-time World Series champion and three-time National League All-Star. He’s also led the league twice in wins.
His Bible study invitation began with a simple message posted on his primary Twitter account, which has 285,400 followers.
“Hey everybody,” he wrote. “This won't be for everyone, but it's an important part of my life. Most of y'all probably just want to talk baseball, etc. BUT, if you want to read through the Bible with me In one year you can join my other twitter account … @walkingwwaino.”
Hey everybody. This won't be for everyone, but it's an important part of my life. Most of y'all probably just want to talk baseball, etc. BUT, if you want to read through the Bible with me In one year you can join my other twitter account... @walkingwwaino We'll start Jan 12— Adam Wainwright (@UncleCharlie50) January 9, 2020
Soon, thousands had signed up. Wainwright’s church, St. Simons Community Church in Georgia, set up a webpage dedicated to the journey. Bible readers can sign up on the website to receive daily journal insights from him via email.
Wainwright seemed surprised by the reaction.
“I can't believe the response on here so far!” he wrote on Twitter.
Wainwright is known for his Christian faith. His Twitter bio reads, “Follower of Jesus. Husband, daddy, outdoor lovin, sweet tea drinkin, Chick-fil-A eatin, barbecue smashin, fantasy football dominatin, STL pitchin, Georgia boy.”
He’s received plenty of positive feedback.
“Your post was a complete God wink for my family,” one person wrote on Twitter. “My 15-year-old just said not even a week ago that we should read the Bible in a year. I open Twitter today and here you are...we are both thrilled and can’t wait to start!”
Another wrote, “I’m in. I love baseball but I love Jesus and his word more! I am not a Cardinals fan but I am a fan of yours.”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.