Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I’m Not who I used to Be!

by F. L. Anderson

Before Paul’s conversion, he had a bad reputation amongst the early Christians. This reputation continued after his conversion, even though he displayed a changed life. When he began to speak in Acts 9:20-21, the people could only talk about who he used to be, and what he used to do.

“Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?"

Paul quickly realized that, who he had become was lost in the eyes of believers. Because of this, Paul spent a lot of time early in his ministry proving that he was not who he used to be.

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: