Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Church Code

by F. L. Anderson

“We have a letter from the church,” I said. “What does it say,” my wife asks from the other room. “I don’t know. I don’t speak church.”

To my brothers and sisters in the Faith, can we get rid of the 1990's Christian lingo?

We have created an entire vocabulary of words and phrases that only church folks understand. Can we make it plain?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

4 Ways Social Media Grounded Creflo Dollar

by F. L. Anderson

By now, I'm sure you've heard about the controversial televangelist Creflo Dollar's campaign to acquire a $65 million Gulfstream G650 airplane. A campaign where he got slaughtered by the backlash from believers and nonbelievers alike. 

If this were the 80's and 90's, Creflo would have gotten away with this. He would have enjoyed a successful campaign, that could have gotten him on TBN and Daystar to brag about it. And, every other so called church leader would have followed his lead. He would have been the "man", sought out to speak at all the conferences where the blind would snuggle up to him to find out how he did it. But, this is not the 80's or 90's where the children of the 40's, 50's and early 60's are used to their leaders using fear, guilt and intimidation to acquire material gain. The good news is, the children of this generation are not catching that "vision".

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Change the Model or Kill the Mission

by F. L. Anderson

Christians in the west have conducted church services the same way for the last 1700 years. A model birthed out of the Constantine era, rather than from the first century Church. This model is not only flawed but has outlived its usefulness many times over.

Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. (John 4 : 7 -9) NLT

In this scripture, Jesus did something that was totally unorthodox for that time in history. Here, He changed without compromising. He changed the model so that the Samaritan woman could hear the gospel (Mission). If Jesus had stuck with tradition and the same old model of dealing with the Samaritan people, it would have hindered Him from accomplishing His mission, to save those that are lost.

Here is another example:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Short of Calling Christians Stupid

by F. L. Anderson

In Genesis 6:6, God "repented" that he ever made man. Repent, means to have a change of mind. This statement by our Creator says a lot. 

In Luke's account of the life of Jesus, he mentions that our Lord said, "For the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light."  (Light meaning believers) Luke 16:6 

Both of these statements tell a story about "believers". I used to wonder why our Lord would say these things. Having been in ministry for sometime, I now know. 

The Bible says that, "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” I have discovered that believers don't want the truth. When faced with the truth, you are forced to accept responsibility. Too many believers don't want this either.