Covering The Field

This week is the most important week of the NFL preseason.  Forget the preseason games and training camps, with the lockout ended and the new franchise regulations firmly in place, teams and players can finally get down to the business of reorganizing their rosters and signing their free agents.

This is the week that teams stock their shelves for the long war of attrition that is the regular season.

The most coveted free agent is a player you’ve probably never heard of (because he languished in obscurity for the Raiders) with a name you probably can’t pronounce (because it looks like someone just got a bunch of new scrabble letters).

It’s Nnamdi Asomugha.

Mr. Asomugha is a cornerback.  During the game he guards the other team’s best reciever.  His job is to make sure the opponent’s fastest player is never without a companion, and never catches the ball.  In household terms he’s like your lightswitch,  you don’t think about him unless he isn’t doing his job.

The cameras never follow a cornerback unless he’s just made a big mistake.

Since the cornerback spends the majority of his time far away the action, you pay him for his reliability.  You don’t want to have to think about how quickly a game can go badly if he’s negligent in his duties.  When you find someone who can make big problems go away, you pay them well and highly esteem them… even if no one else notices.

Yesterday, a 90 year old pastor and theologian passed away.  If  you’ve never heard of John Stott you aren’t alone.  John Stott was the silent partner to Billy Graham in the evangelical revolution that took place in Christianity during the second half of the 1900’s.

Before Billy Graham and John Stott, Christianity was stuck behind rose colored, stained-glass windows, battling itself in a self-serving war of attrition that had reduced personal faith to an intellectual argument.

While Billy Graham’s charismatic teaching style and stadium revivals garnered national attention in America and across the globe, John Stott produced theological masterpiece after masterpiece from his study at All Souls Church in London’s West End.

Outside the U.S. John Stott “covered” the rest of the field with brilliant, yet accessible, books that urged Christians to get into the game.  His writings provoked us to let our faith influence our economics and politics, while calling the developing world to faith in Christ.

By uniting the Christianity of the West with the developing Christianity of Africa and Asia, John Stott played a major role in the globalization of Christianity as we know it today.

We don’t want to consider how hard our life would be if he’d been negligent in his duties.

3 Responses to “Covering The Field”

  1. Brian P July 29, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    If only evangelical christians were better known for John Stott than they are for Jerry Falwell…

    • Jon July 29, 2011 at 9:39 am #

      …or Stryper.

      • Brian P July 29, 2011 at 10:39 am #

        …or the war on christmas

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