So, we started a blog… So far, there are 10 articles by 5 different contributors, and it’s been a lot of fun. As the summer draws to a close, it seemed appropriate to write a blog about the blog to answer some basic questions like “what is it?” and “why did we start it in the first place?”
Who is writing?
Pastors Daniel and Larry are the Elders who oversee the blog and have written articles for it. I, Jason Stiles, write, format/publish articles submitted by others, and manage the site (except for more technical IT related issues, which Kristen Triplett takes care of). There are other Elders and Deacons who have contributed as well (like Brian Triplett and Trevor Love). Authors are now listed at the end of the post and in the “tags”, which can be used to locate additional articles written by a particular person.
Who is it for?
Although it’s a public blog that anyone with an internet connection can access, the blog was started for the people of CBC Wilmington. It’s also worth noting that, even though the name of the blog has a militaristic and perhaps masculine “feel” and some of the individual articles have been focused toward men, the blog as a whole is intended for men and women.
What is it?
What is “Tactical Theology”? Merriam-Webster defines “tactics” as “the science and art of disposing and maneuvering forces in combat; the art or skill of employing available means to accomplish an end”.
In the military, they call it tactics. In the Church, we call it application. Our goal is to provide a sound, biblical theology and ways to live it out. “Tactical” draws attention to the fact that we are engaged in conflict. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood; it is a spiritual battle that requires a solid and growing understanding of who God is (Theology) which is then used to combat sin and the various schemes of the devil (Tactics).
When should you look for new posts?
For now, a new article is published every Wednesday (though the exact time varies).
Where is it?
The web address is blog.cbcwilmington.org and a link for the newest article is shared on the public CBC Facebook page each week. We may start emailing a link as well.
Why do we write?
At its core, the blog is just another way of ministering to the body of CBC. It’s a means of connecting to and building up the body mid-week. We hope that you will read and be encouraged.
How do we hope that you’ll use it?
First, we hope you read it.
Second, we hope that you’ll contribute to it by praying and suggesting topics.
Third, we hope you share it. The purpose of having it online and providing so many links is to make it easier for you to share it with others. For example: as you engage family, friends, and neighbors with the Gospel, conversations about parenting may arise. In those situations, you could say something like, “My pastor wrote a short blog encouraging parents not to waste their summer. It was really encouraging. Here, I’ll text you a link to it.”
(Links can be sent via email, text, and Facebook. If you have questions about “how”, just let me know. I’d be happy to help.)
I’ve been blessed by writing and by reading blogs this summer for Tactical Theology. The process of studying, synthesizing your thoughts, and then writing them down is rewarding and a great way to meditate on God’s truths. Similarly, reading the insights of others has helped me learn and grow in my faith.
As a church, we have access to resources (books and people), and the blog is one way to steward them. The future is full of possibilities – more contributors, more frequent articles, different kinds of posts (e.g. Elder interviews, Pastor podcasts, more robust resource pages….).
For now, we pray you are encouraged by what you read.