Setting up the defense

I heard former college basketball coach Bob Knight last night talking about what he did when he took teams to the NCAA Final Four. He said he always wanted a hotel for his team that had a room in it that was big enough for him to set up the other team’s offense, so his team could talk about and practice defense.

He always wanted to figure out how to play defense first.

I wonder how well we as a church do that. How good a job do we do scouting out the opposing team’s offense think about ways to play defense against it?

I’d argue that John Wesley instituted the whole practice of having people watch over each other — otherwise known as small groups — for just that purpose. It was to defend them from the attacks of the enemy.

How wise are we about the ways of our enemy? How should we get wiser?

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2 thoughts on “Setting up the defense

  1. Assuming the church has enemies in the typical sense, I’m not sure we need to worry about them. Our commission is the same to neighbor and enemy: unconditional, self-sacrificing love.

    1. Yes. Our enemy is not flesh and blood, which I take to mean not an enemy in the typical sense, but powers, principalities, and spirits. Another name is the devil.

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