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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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  • Mar28Tue

    I said the “CP” Word

    March 28, 2017

    We had an absolute blast at our Annual General Meeting!

    That statement is clearly (I hope) hyperbolic. Our AGM at West London Alliance Church was a nice evening, maybe even fun, but calling it a blast is a bit much.

    Nevertheless, I left the meeting encouraged and edified. It is always helpful to remember the many blessings God has poured out over the past year. He continually shows himself faithful, and we at WLA have many evidences of that.

    One of the other benefits of an AGM is taking the opportunity, not just to look back, but to look forward. And we did just that. Through a group interview with the staff to the considering of a budget for the coming year, we received glimpses of where we as a church are heading.

    It was in a moment dealing with looking forward that I let fly the “CP” word; church planting (two words, I know, but it doesn’t work with the idiom).

    Church planting is “on the table” as it were. We are going to, over the next year, pray about how God would have us pursue this. We are going to study and discuss and think about this, asking the Holy Spirit to help us in these efforts.

    With that in mind, I’d simply like to take this post to suggest a resource to you if you find yourself, like I found myself a year ago, scratching your head in regards to this thing called church planting. Like me, perhaps you would like to start to pray, read, think, and learn about this. Let this be a place to start for you.

    I have recommended materials by Mark Dever before. He, and the ministry he is president of-9Marks, best articulate what is a biblical church and how a biblical church ought to function. The video below will take you to a video of Mark Dever preaching on church planting. It is a good place to start to engage with the “CP” word. Enjoy!I

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