I Am Calling My Shots
Babe Ruth's called shot was the home run hit by Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, held on October 1, 1932, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. During the at-bat, Ruth made a pointing gesture, which existing film confirms; the story goes that Ruth pointed to the center-field bleachers during the at-bat. It was allegedly a declaration that he would hit a home run to this part of the park. On the next pitch, Ruth hit a home run to center field. The home run was his fifteenth, and last, in his 41 post-season games. It was said to be one of the greatest home runs in history.
Those of us that grew up playing baseball are familiar with the idea of calling a shot. You’d step to the plate with great confidence and announce where you planned to hit the ball. This was only done with great confidence, because you would be lessening your chances of success by boldly proclaiming your strategy.
It is with this picture in mind that I am going to share what I am working on writing.
I have received several invites to participate in debates about Israel and the end-times in the last few months, and so far I have declined them all. I often remember Gandhi’s quote: “First they ignore you, then they fight you, then you win.” I have apparently moved from the “ignored” phase, to the “they fight you” phase. But rather than embedding myself in debates and arguments with voices whose influence is withering as their hackneyed positions are collapsing. I have determined to focus on writing and creating more materials.
Currently I am nearing completion of two manuscripts.
New Covenant Revolution: The 190 page, paperback, pop culture version of Understanding the Whole Bible.
The Art of Revelation: My rewritten and expanded commentary on the Book of Revelation (formerly 90 unsatisfying pages, now 135 pages I can be proud of).
The next projects I am working on are as follows.
Equipping the Equippers: I have a few books left to read for research, then about 2 months of writing to complete this manuscript. My hope is that this will be a step beyond any of the books on the market about Fivefold Ministry. Something fresh in this field is long overdue.
Disrupting Culture: This book has been on the back-burner for about six years and it time to complete the manuscript. I have about 3000 pages to read for my research, then about 2-3 months to write and refine the manuscript.
The New Testament Through Better Covenant Eyes: This will be the ultimate companion book for my textbook “Understanding the Whole Bible”. It will include all the NT scripture from Matthew to Jude, and be complete with commentary and Better Covenant Theology insights. (This is what the “Bible project” has morphed into)
The Israel Book: (The actual title has not been chosen) I have near 70 books that I will be reading as research for this project from very different perspectives. The reading alone could take a year. I aim to write what will be considered a groundbreaking book. Not rehashing the same old “Israel worshipping Messianic Movement” or the worn out arguments of the “Replacement theologians”, but to truly examine what the Bible says, not what a specific systematic theology says. This is destined to be my most inflammatory book, as Israel is the most untouchable sacred cow of charismatic Christianity.
For those that want to debate me, the answer is no. I am occupied. Maybe in a few years when all these projects are complete and causing new waves, but likely I will have a new list of books to write. As Nehemiah said, "I am engaged in a great work, so I can't come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?" (Nehemiah 6:3)
The Lord has not called me to debate; He has called me to write and lay a foundation for the future of Christianity. I am to tear down garbage thinking and build cathedrals in the minds of believers.
Now that I have called out my shots, I would ask for those of you who are supportive of my work to be praying for my family, my staff and I.
Dr. Jonathan Welton