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No other NAME!

Posted in culture, Jesus Christ with tags , , , , on March 15, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

The average person is exposed to approximately 3,000 ads everyday through a variety of media. Everyday we are bombarded with slick advertising telling us what we lack and what we need to fulfill our lives and make life more comfortable in some way. Our culture promises success and satisfaction if we drive the right type of car and wear the right type of clothes. Because of this pressure in our culture we desire to be associated with those brands that make us feel like we belong and fit in with the culture around us.

Brands like BMW, Versace, Nike and names like Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela, Barak Obama and Madonna provoke certain images and feelings that brands like BIG W and Brendon Fevola just do not. Unfortunately as a society we place more value and trust in the brand names of this world than we do in the name that is above every other name – JESUS!

Jesus name is not a theory, a doctrine or a swear-word but it is a powerful person who rose from the dead, is the Son of God and is alive and active in the world today. The devil fears the name of Jesus because there is power in that name to heal the sick, raise the dead and save people from sin. 

Jesus Christ is the exclusive way to salvation (John 14:6). There are not may ways to salvation – Buddha can’t save you, Krishna can’t save you, Hugo Boss or Apple Mac can’t save you… Only Jesus can save you! John 10:10 tells us that death & destruction is associated with the name of the devil but only life and abundance is associated with the name of Jesus.

Who or what are you putting your trust in? How are you using the name of Jesus Christ in your life? How are you wearing the brand of Jesus Christ in the world?

Lead the Change!

The ‘E’ Word!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 13, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

The ‘E’ Word has become one of the dirtiest words in the church. It’s a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many Christians and causes parents to grab their kids and shove them under the seat in church. It’s a word that causes anxiety attacks and nausea to pew-sitters. It’s a word that the church is trying to ignore but companies like Apple and Google are embracing.

What is the ‘E’ word? You’ve probably guessed it by now but it is ‘e..e…e….e…..evangelism’ Just saying it is an effort in itself. Right now companies like Apple and Google and others are employing evangelists for the proclamation of their brands. Not the proclamation of the gospel but of their companies way of life. This is happening on such a scale that people are starting to think that ‘evangelism’ is the new futuristic buzz word for hi-tech companies wanting to expand their brand’s popularity in the global market.

This is sad because unbelievers are doing a better job at promoting their brand than the church is at promoting the gospel. I visited Borders the other day and discovered that one of the top best selling books in the Christianity section was a book written by a non-Christian titled ‘Jesus’. The author is Deepack Chopra, a new age philosopher…What the?

Evangelism after all is just another form of marketing. Either the gospel is the power unto salvation or it isn’t. If the gospel is worth communicating, it should be communicated well. If our hearts have been touched and changed by the power of the gospel then we should be advocates of sharing the power of it’s message freely and intentionally.

What does the ‘E’ word mean to you? Have you allowed yourself to be lulled into a false sense of security regarding your own salvation to the point of ignoring the lost and hurting around you? Have you so cocooned yourself from the world around you that you no longer have anything to say to the issues in people’s lives? Have you decided that you are too busy to engage people in conversation about spiritual things or do you just feel inadequate and overwhelmed by the pain in the world?

If you’ve thought any of these things then you are in good company. Most of us have. i know i certainly have and i am crying out to God to change my heart attitude about these things.

While evangelism is a dirty word, it’s still on the menu and absolutely necessary if we are going to be the church Jesus died for. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. That was his primary mission and the mission hasn’t changed. We must examine our attitudes towards the ‘E’ word and pursue the Spirit of God’s adjustment in our own lives if we’re to be congruent about our faith.

Lead the Change!

My Apple store experience

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on January 8, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

I recently visited the new Apple (IT) store at Chadstone Shopping Centre. I was impacted by what i saw and i believe the wider church could benefit greatly from hanging out with Steve Jobs crew.

Here are my insights into Apple:

They are not selling technology but a way of life: Apple isn’t about technology only, it’s more about a way of life. They want you to embrace a way of life that is connected, digital, accessible and up to date…and very, very cool.

They have a strong team culture: No-one is trying to outdo each other, they are unified and everyone plays their part as a loyal apple follower.

They create an experience: I felt different while i was there and i felt like i was apart of something bigger than myself.

They are as much about people learning as they are about people buying: They have a program called ‘onetoone’. This is a ‘personal training’ service geared towards people who want to learn more about their apple computer. All you need to do is book an appointment at the genius bar and you will be discipled in the ways of mac.

Their marketing is clear, sharp, simple and to the point: They have branded themselves well and they’re wouldn’t be many people who wouldn’t recognise the apple logo. They use lifestyle imagery to communicate the need for their product.

They are organised: Their was a clear flow about their work environment. Each employee wore a colour coded t-shirt to define what role they played in the store from manager to ‘personal trainer’ to customer assistant. Their work space was uncluttered, spacious and inviting.

They’re employees are well trained: Each employee knew what their role was, they were all informed and could use their knowledge to help answer most questions about their products.

They are innovative: Not only are they innovative in their products but they have something called a “Genius Bar” where you can make an appointment with a ‘personal trainer’ and learn about your mac or any other apple product you have.

Lead the Change!