The next man night is the Third Thursday, December 19th, at 6:30pm in Player Hall (Dunn-Smith building). We’re calling it a “Christmas Panoply” for two reasons:
#1) In the English language a panoply is just “an assortment or collection of things.” In this case, we are going to put together a panoply of FOOD. That’s right, for our fellowship gathering every man is challenged to buy, prepare, or have someone else prepare, a favorite Christmas food item. Whether it’s egg nog (unleaded) or sausage balls or cheese rings or cookies or cakes, whatever you can think of, bring some to share potluck-style. Blake Buchanan is coordinating the food to be sure we have a balanced diet, so please email him (firstname.lastname@example.org) with what you’re planning.
#2) “Panoply” is also a Greek word that describes the entire kit of armor that a professional soldier wore in ancient times. We’re talking about the head-to-toe, revolutionary in its time, earth-conquering stuff like we see in movies like Gladiator and 300. It was a high-tech and coordinated system. And it’s the exact word that Paul uses to describe our spiritual armor in Ephesians 6 (read it at the bottom). After many weeks together in the men’s Bible study, this seems like the perfect devotional focus for us in December.
So, on December 19th, we’re going to gather around our smorgasbord, buffet, panoply of food, and be strengthened by fellowship with one another centered on the idea of the panoply of God’s full armor. SO COME ON OUT!
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one…