RUNNING THE BASES is a wonderful, inspirational, family drama about relying on Jesus. It has a strong Christian, biblical, and moral worldview, with powerful references to prayer, faith, God, the Bible, religious freedom, evangelism, and Jesus. The acting is particularly good throughout the cast, but especially by Bret Varvel as adult coach Brooks. RUNNING THE BASES is one of the most gripping religious films of recent years.
Dominant worldview and other worldview content/elements:
A very strong Christian, biblical and moral worldview promotes prayer, faith, Christian marriage, repentance, forgiveness, salvation, baptism, God, the Bible, religious freedom, evangelism and, of course , Jesus
A slight profanity
Boys punch each other (one punch is accidental), beatings and threats in county jail, teenager collapses on baseball field and dies, man collapses on a baseball field but survives, and a drunk and distraught man hits a fence and a barrel with a baseball bat
Alcohol consumption :
Drinking and antagonist gets drunk
Smoking and/or drug use and abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
City government officials engage in the persecution of the Christian protagonist, and some joking insults go too far in one scene, resulting in the aforementioned brawl.
RUNNING THE BASES is a drama about a high school baseball coach who clashes with the school superintendent when the coach’s son brings the superintendent’s son to Christ. RUNNING THE BASES is a wonderful, inspirational, family drama about standing up for Jesus and trusting in God when the chips are down.
Baseball coach Luke Brooks opens the film by telling his story in flashback. Twenty years ago, he and his twin brother, Joshua, applied to attend a Christian school and participate in the school’s baseball program. However, during their high school’s last baseball game, Luke was motioning Joshua to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park homer when Joshua grabbed his chest, collapsed, and died.
It turns out Luke has the same congenital heart defect that killed his brother. This news shatters Luke’s dreams of becoming a professional baseball catcher. His mom tells him he’ll find a new dream, but Luke can’t imagine his life without baseball, let alone his life without his brother. However, Luke’s mother angrily urges him to never give up.
Cut to Luke at Christian College. He enjoys studying in the baseball stands while the team practices. One day, the baseball coach unofficially recruits Luke to help the catcher who is practicing his throws to second base. Luke has a timer showing the catcher not getting up fast enough to throw the ball to the second baseman. Luke gives the receiver some advice. At first, the receiver resents Luke’s interference, but by the end of the short session, the receiver sees his performance improving. So when he leaves, the receiver says, “Thank you, coach.” In this way, Luke found his new calling, and that involves baseball! Better yet, he rediscovers the unbreakable bond he had with his late brother.
In the next scene, Luke marries Jessica, who was a close friend of Luke and his brother in high school. The film then jumps to 20 years later, where Luke is now coaching the high school baseball team in their hometown of Oklahoma. Luke’s teenage son Joshua will start high school and join the team next year. Under Luke’s leadership over the years, the team has won nine state championships and is looking forward to winning its 10th when Texas high school superintendent William Jamison approaches Luke to coach his baseball team. He offers to double Luke’s salary and promises that Luke won’t have to teach during baseball season. Jessica and Joshua don’t really want to move to Texas, but they agree to move when Luke tells them he thinks God is calling him to take the job.
At first, the coaching job in Texas seems like a dream come true. Under Luke’s tutelage, the team begins to win games consistently. However, Luke has to suspend three of his best players, when two of the players, including his own son, get into a fight caused by the third player, Ryan. Worse still, Ryan happens to be the son of Jamison, the school superintendent.
Things go from bad to worse when Jamison discovers that Luke’s son, Joshua, brought Ryan to Christ, and Jamison discovers a Bible in Ryan’s bedroom. This puts Jamison on a collision course with Luke over Luke’s own expressions of faith.
RUNNING THE BASES is a wonderful, inspirational, family drama about relying on Jesus. It has a Christian, biblical and morally uplifting worldview, with powerful references to prayer, faith, Christian marriage, repentance, forgiveness, salvation, baptism, God, the Bible, religious freedom, to evangelization and, of course, to Jesus. The acting is particularly good throughout the cast, but especially by Bret Varvel as adult coach Brooks. RUNNING THE BASES is one of the best religious films of the past five years. The film’s triumphant ending is extremely heartfelt.
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