IT. IS. FRIDAY. . .
Contrary to what Joel says, everyday ain’t Friday. If that were the case, I would not love this day so much. And – more importantly – FREE FLOW FRIDAY would be a meager ‘nother day of the week.
Today’s edition of FFF reveals 5 of my passions: The Unchurched; Humor; Jokes about Christians; Music; and Coffee.
Happy Friday everyone. . . Enjoy!
#1. 15 Characteristics of Today’s Unchurched Person by Carey Nieuwhof
“They want you to be Christian. They want you to follow Jesus, authentically. Think about it, if you were going to convert to Buddhism, you would want to be an authentic Buddhist, not some watered down version. Andy Stanley is 100% right when he says you don’t alter the content of your services for unchurched people, but you should change the experience. . .
“They invite their friends if they like what they’re discovering. They will be your best inviters if they love what you’re doing.”
#2. Should Humor Matter to Christians? by Jon Acuff
“In all our failing about to show people the goodness of God, I fear sometimes we’ve lost the simplest way.
To be overjoyed.
To be full of mirth.”
#3. Top 15 Christian Cliches by Messy Mondays
#4. Bono Talks about Jesus by Robert Eshleman
“But with Christ, we have access in a one-to-one relationship, for, as in the Old Testament, it was more one of worship and awe, a vertical relationship. The New Testament, on the other hand, we look across at a Jesus who looks familiar, horizontal. The combination is what makes the Cross.”
[Editor’s Note: I am not a huge U2 fan – never have been. But I thought what Bono says about Jesus and Christianity was very interesting. Also, be careful. There’s a word or two in the article you need to watch out for.]
#5. This is Your Brain on Coffee by Gretchen Reynolds
“Other recent studies have linked moderate coffee drinking — the equivalent of three or four 5-ounce cups of coffee a day or a single venti-size Starbucks — with more specific advantages . . .”