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Pastor Dean, as folks around baseball know him, is the leader of Calling for Christ, a nonprofit ministry that for the past 11 years has tried to ease the anguish of major league and minor league umpires by keeping them close to God. Esskew is 48 and enormous, with a booming, smoky drawl and his own cologne-scented weather. He ministers exclusively to umps, piling through stadium crowds with an awkward, hammering limp acquired years ago when a horse bucked him on the farm in Oklahoma where he lives with his wife. (Debrah Esskew runs a parallel ministry for umpires' wives and girlfriends.)
Before Calling for Christ, Pastor Dean spent 20 years leading small rural churches; his dream was to preach in front of a stained glass window someday, somewhere nice. Now he flies and drives between ballparks all summer to hold informal late-night Bible groups at sports bars after games. He spends about 20 weeks...
Nat, I think it was to illustrate a point and, as it was not in mixed company, it was probably effective. I just heard a pastor on the radio make the following comment: he had seen a girl keep pulling her top down (which was too short and which was obviously designed as such) to which he made the comment...if God wanted us to look at your belly, He would have put it on your face. This would be applicable to any other areas which one might think to expose as well. Sometimes a direct approach is fitting.