helping a church plant

Deb and I recently joined a church plant in Grand Rapids, Prince of Peace Anglican Church. Michael Cupp is the priest/pastor and there is a committed nucleus. Our hope and prayer is that this church will become well established. Deb and I have been favorable to the Anglican tradition for some time now. When Scot McKnight joined an Anglican church in the same denomination (Anglican Church in North America), I took special note. Years ago I read (as I recall) his two NIV Application commentaries (Galatians and 1 Peter) and later his book, The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others became for me a most formative book. Add to that other books by him and connecting with him through his blog, Jesus Creed along with his Anabaptist faith and I found a biblical, theological scholar with whom I could track nearly completely.

It was more than difficult to leave our former church, Redeemer Covenant, a most excellent church in a number of ways. This was not so much the case of leaving a church, but of joining the work of another church. More precisely it was and is a matter of thinking that the Lord is calling us to help in this work. Without that sense of calling, such a change could hardly have taken place. Concerning this, Proverbs 3:5-6 seems to be embedded in my thinking: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” And so begins a new adventure.