Author Archive for: ‘carlmedearis’

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    Sometimes Jesus Stood Alone. (And, Sometimes You Should Too.)

    Jesus was often alone. Yes, he had a team and some very close friends he spent tons of time with, but you’ll often find him alone in the Gospels. This is a highly nuanced point about the life of Jesus. Mostly I would encourage you, …

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    Grounded.

    Some fairly big news from Carl and Chris. In the spring of 2013 I started to feel something. Call it “getting old.” Or as I prefer – “Wisdom.”  But it was telling me to slow down my life of rushing around the Middle East sharing Jesus and doing humanitarian work. …

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    The Hard Sayings of Jesus

    If Jesus is our model, we must follow him with bravery and courage in our day-to-day interactions. Take risks. Mess up. Say the wrong thing and then go back for a redo.  Otherwise, we’ll languish in the backwaters of boredom doing nothing but rehashing weather …

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    I’m So Sorry

    Chris’s Story. One evening, Carl and I and some close friends took the light-rail train to downtown Denver.  Soon we were strolling down the busy cobblestone streets, chatting and laughing on the way to our favorite restaurant. While our hearts were united in conversation about …

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    Big, Scary…Christians

    Erica’s Story. The news bothered me.  No one could–or wanted to–deny the fact that repeated and terrible acts were being perpetrated in the name of Islam by extremists. But the broad brushing of all Muslims as security risks and the fear-mongering regarding refugees deeply disturbed …

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    Billy Graham, My Mentor

    I wrote this several years ago as part of a 10-piece series called “My Top Mentors” and I repost it now with great joy and sadness. —– As a five year old in Kindergarten, I already felt like an “Evangelist.” During “show and tell” I’d …

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    United in Compassion

    Joel’s story. Afghani, Sudanese, Iraqi, Syrian, Rwandan…these were the nationalities of the refugees who gathered at English Club on Thursday nights.  Faithfully they came to the apartment clubhouse, week-in, week-out, hoping to practice their beginning English and to make connections within their new community.  A …

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    Unspoken Courage

    Ty’s Story. A group of us had started visiting a “refugee complex” regularly.  We weren’t part of any formal effort, but each of us had a concern for the welfare of the growing refugee population in our city and a desire to be where we …

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    The MLK Day I’ll Never Forget

    Michal’s story. My heart was pounding in my chest. I slowly felt my body heating up and my mind was racing. This is it, I thought. This was a test. What was I going to do? Was I going to be a spectator and stay …

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    On Challenging the Status Quo: Trump, Patriotism, Israel

    “Why do you seem so angry at Trump, yet you rarely criticized Obama?” “Why are you so hard on Israelis and overly gracious toward Palestinians?” “Why do you take Republican leaders to task and yet give Democrats a free ride?” “Why do you criticize your …

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