Thursday, March 13, 2008

I Love this Guy

I read a post today by Todd Rhoades over at Monday Morning Insight. MMI is an awesome blog with lots of funny, and thought provoking content - I really enjoy it.

Anyway recently Todd has posted two videos by a pastor in Tempe, Arizona by the name of Steven L Anderson. Pastor Anderson's church is named Faithful Word Baptist Church.

Pastor Anderson has gained some popularity lately by several sermon videos where he has made a lot of interesting comments. I'll leave you to view his videos - here and here and won't go into a lot of detail.

What I want to talk about is the last video in particular and how do we respond? Should we respond? For the sake of understanding please watch the video here and then come back to this post.

Ok, are you back? So what do you think? He's pretty on fire about what he believes isn't he. I know for a lot of people who have seen the video that it has made them angry or just confused. I've been to New Spring and listened to Perry Noble. I identify with what they believe and their methods. My feeling is that they are doing God's mission. But that's not the point of this post. It's that we should respond to Pastor Anderson, but how?

I think with an overwhelming sharing of - love. L-O-V-E - plain and simple love. And I think that it should be simple and sincere.

So this is what I'm challenging everyone to do - Send Pastor Anderson an email to that says something like this:
Pastor Anderson,
I saw your latest video on Youtube. I'm sorry that you are offended by our ideas and methods, but we love you and will honor you. May God bless you!

Your brother and Sisters in Christ
Then sit down and pray for him. Honestly and lovingly pray for him. Ask God to bless him and to speak to him. Go look at the churches website and to his family blog. Look at the pictures of his wife and kids. Notice how beautiful and happy they are. Pray for them. Let's love this man the way that Christ told us to love. Let's love this guy and maybe just maybe we will begin to understand what love means!

John 13:34

34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Romans 12:10

10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

1 Peter 3:8

8Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

Grace and Peace

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