Posted by: Robin Foster | July 18, 2013

When And How To Criticize

I have been blessed with may insightful areas from my own leadership experience (and yes, past blogging experience), but these have become very helpful as others have looked and been critical of my leadership:

When I don’t understand or disagree with a decision someone in leadership has made, I need to:

1. Take a moment to step back from the situation.
2. Realize that I have not been given the responsibility of the person with which I disagree and I definitely don’t have their perspective and information on the situation. Seek to understand.
3. Understand that the enemy is satan and not my brother or sister in Christ.
4. Is the disagreement worth exploring further? In other words, does it matter to the Kingdom?
5. Pray for that person.
6. If the Lord leads me to confront that person, I need to do so with respect and humbleness with the goal of building up and not tearing down. Never publicly embarrass them.
7. Biblical love is the means by which we are to live. If I am feeling anger or hatred, I must deal with myself before I worry about others.
8. Ultimately God is their judge and my judge. Keep that perspective and know that one day we will have to account for our actions or lack of actions.

Posted by: Robin Foster | November 17, 2010

It’s Been A While

Hello? Is anyone still there?  It has been a while since I have posted anything.  I have been pretty busy trying to get my dissertation off the ground and I believe we may be close to getting the prospectus approved.  Please be patient with me and I hope to resume this site after the new year.  Until then, have a blessed Thanksgiving, and Merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year.

Posted by: Robin Foster | September 9, 2010

How Close Are You To Jesus?

I got to spend some time with Dr. David Allen when I was working in the seminar phase of my doctoral work.  He is a rare breed of scholar that can not only lead a congregation as a pastor, but hold his own in the world of academia.  Recently he preached a sermon at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and I am sharing it here with you (Click here).  May the proclaimed word stir our hearts to draw closer to the Savior who shed his blood for us.

Posted by: Robin Foster | August 25, 2010

Are You On The Middle Road?

I know it has been awhile, but I found this cool video from Francis Chan.  It hits home in more ways than one.

BTW, I would highly recommend his books, “Crazy Love” and “Forgotten God.”

Posted by: Robin Foster | June 7, 2010

So Long My Friend

Below are my thoughts concerning a dear friend who passed away unexpectedly.

Posted by: Robin Foster | June 6, 2010

My First YouTube iPhone Video

I don’t expect an academy award for this, but I was trying out the video feature on my iPhone and thought I would give it a whirl.

Posted by: Robin Foster | May 30, 2010

Recapturing the Sacrificial Spirit

Who do you think wrote this quote:

There was a time when the church was very powerful–in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being “disturbers of the peace” and “outside agitators.”‘ But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were “a colony of heaven,” called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests. Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent–and often even vocal–sanction of things as they are.

But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning….

This is definitely a quote for our time. It must have been recently written in the last ten years, correct? Well, it hasn’t. In fact it is more than 20 years old. On April 16, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King penned a letter from the Birmingham jail to answer some clergy who said he was radical and impatient in what he was trying to do. Of course his background dealt with the Civil Rights movement he was leading in the South. But I wonder if these words hold true today with our situation? Are we more concerned with comfort than commitment? Are we silent because of what our “friends” will think? Has the world changed us rather than us being a light to the world?

I believe the answer for many to these questions would be yes. If we do not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the N. T. church in America we will certainly die. Dr. King wrote this during what some would consider the “Golden Age” of the Southern Baptist Church. As Southern Baptists, we look back to the 1950’s and 60’s when things were going great. Churches were growing and it seemed that the work of the Lord was progressing. Yet, we have Dr. King’s words to show us that not everyone viewed that time period as a “Golden Age.” A war was being fought for the respectability and equality of all people who are made in the image of God. Dr. King pointed the way. It was not to the “Golden Age” of the fifties or even the transformation of the reformation to which Dr. King looked. In fact in this letter he condemns the churches of the fifties and sixties for their silence on the civil rights issue. He pointed to the era of the N. T. church where pastors weren’t judged by their credentials and Christians relied upon each other rather than tearing each other apart. It was an era where the church did not have the wealth of the world, but relied upon the miracle making God who loved them. It was an era where there was neither, “Jew nor Greek,” “slave nor free man,” “male nor female,” but all were “one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:23) It was an era where “grace and truth” was not a byline tag to a blog, but was lived out among believers. It was an era where the church did not remain silent to the truth of God’s Word even though it may have cost them their own life. It was an era of sacrifice.

I know that Dr. King had his issues. He was not a sinless man. I too have my own issues as I am a sinner saved by grace, but I appreciate the fact that he and I would have agreed on looking to the New Testament church of the first century as our example.

Posted by: Robin Foster | May 5, 2010

Red-Neck Action

Did some grass cutting yesterday evening and my neck got red from the sun.  Consequently, I am feeling a little on the Red-Neck side today.  To share this feeling I thought I would post this video. ;-)

Posted by: Robin Foster | May 2, 2010

An Evangelical Conservationist Perspective

While I have had the opportunity to meet Dr. Russell Moore on a couple of occasions, I have understood him more in his writings and preaching.  A native of Mississippi, he is concerned about the millions of gallons of raw crude oil that is about to hit the gulf shores because of the recent oil rig explosion in the Gulf waters.  In this essay he states that Christians should be in the lead concerning matters of conservationism.  Below is what I believe to be the money quote from the essay.

God gave his image-bearing humanity dominion over the natural creation (Gen. 1:28). But this isn’t a pharaoh-like dominion; it’s a Christ-like dominion. Humans aren’t made of ether; we’re made of Spirit-enlivened mud. We come from the earth, and we must receive from the earth what we need to survive, in the form of light from the sun, oxygen from plants, and food from the ground.

Posted by: Robin Foster | April 29, 2010

Chaplains Ask Not To Abolish Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Back on March 12th, I posted an article, What is a Christian to do with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In it I stated that the evangelical witness from chaplains would be lost if they were forced to accept homosexuality.  An article from Baptist Press brings further support from retired chaplains who see reversing DADT as an error in military policy making.  I highly recommend this article for more information on this critical matter.

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