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In The Trenches

One of the things I love about football is its applicability to life. So much of what happens on the football field corresponds to our experience of living. And in particular, one can draw many parallels between the game of football and our life of faith in Jesus Christ. Most of my years playing football were played “in the trenches.” That is, I was an offensive lineman who plied my trade on the line of scrimmage. That no-man’s-land of much physical violence between opposing forces which derives its name from the battle situations of the World Wars. That place which seems, as often as not, to be an experience much like our lives. I hope to communicate with you a few things that will hopefully be of some help as you fight the good fight of faith. And since I am in this battle too, you might consider that I write these thoughts as I live my life for God in the trenches. 

Books I've Read in 2019

    • John Newton by Jonathan Aitken
    • Supernatural Power for Everyday People by Jared Wilson
    • The Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards
    • The World-Tilting Gospel by Dan Philips
    • Biblical Theology by Nick Roark and Robert Cline
    • Understanding the Lord's Supper by Bobby Jamieson
    • The Works of John Newton: Volume 1 by John Newton
    • Understanding the Congregation's Authority by Jonathan Leeman
    • Pierced for Our Transgressions by Steve Jeffery, Mike Ovey, and Andrew Sach
    • The Common Rule by Justin Whitmel Earley
    • The Works of John Newton: Volume 2 by John Newton
    • Heart to Heart: Octavius Winslow's Experimental Preaching by Tanner G. Turley
    • The Inquirer Directed to an Experimental and Practical View of the Atonement by Octavius Winslow
    • The Works of John Newton: Volume 3 by John Newton
    • Missions by Andy Johnson
    • The Gospel-Driven Church by Jared Wilson
    • Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard
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  • Sep4Fri

    A little more on strategy

    September 4, 2015
    Since I brought up the topic of strategy in my last post, I thought I might share this short video which records Pastor J. D. Greear of The Summit Church answering the question, "How do you win a church to mission?" I came across this video at For The Church, a great resource from Midwestern Seminary.

    Before you watch it, here are a couple of things I liked about it:

    1) Greear anchors the answer to "How do you win a church to mission?" by making a beeline to the gospel. He anticipates the "buy in" of the congregation with a proper understanding and embracing of gospel theology. I love it.

    2) Also, Greear indicates that the work of the church is not what the staff does, but rather what the congregation does through the power of the Holy Spirit. The staff equips (and "catalyzes") the members to reach out to the community. Awesome.


    How do you win a church to mission? from Midwestern Seminary on Vimeo.


    On Thursday, January 21, 2016, Jane Phillipson said:

    Very interesting video considering the focus of the pastoral case study. Thanks for sharing it!


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