Author Archive for: ‘carlmedearis’

  • My Mentor #4

    Many of you know the name “Samir.” He has been a central figure in so many of my stories. I got to know him and his family through his oldest son who was part of our university student work called “The Olive Grove” in the late 90’s.

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  • Mentor #5

    My “Core Group.”

    I grew up around organizational boards and accountability groups. When we moved to Lebanon in 1992 we had a board. But I knew that our legal non-profit board wouldn’t be enough – we’d need more. So I formed an email list in 1994 and called it “My Accountability Team.” I added basically added any and every one I respected. I think it was about 20 people.

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  • My Top Ten Life Mentors

    The Scriptures do not call us to evangelize and convert – they call us to “make disciples.” That’s what Jesus asked his original followers to do – and he still asks that from us today. Make disciples. Apprentices. We are to be apprenticed to Jesus himself. We are his disciples. Followers. This is how we find life – to believe in, follow and love the ways and person of Jesus the Christ.

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  • I am a Fan!

    There’s a great book out these days called “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman.

    The title and the book makes a ton of sense – Jesus doesn’t just want “fans” he wants people who are fully devoted to him and follow him. I couldn’t agree more.

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  • Why do Muslims Persecute Christians?

    Do Muslims persecute Christians? And if so….why? Are there reasons? Or none? Watch as Mustafa Akyol gives a helpful short response to this difficult question.

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  • “Where are all the Moderate Christian Voices….?”

    I was recently here at our home in Denver, when my friend Mustafa Akyol asked a question that surprised even me – “Where are all the moderate Christian voices who speak out against violence towards Muslims, American wars in Muslims lands and the plight of the Palestinians?”  

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  • Does the Quran teach Muslims to hate or kill Christians and Jews?

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  • The NRA, Big Government, Israel and Jesus

    I like that title.

    I confuse people. Sometimes I say that’s my spiritual gift – Confusion. Not sure if that’s in the 1 Corinthians or Romans 12 lists, but if it’s not – it should be. I have the gift of Confusion.

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    “Authority.” Just the word makes me cringe. I grew up in a Christian culture where words like “authority” and “submission” were used interchangeably – mostly by older men who had issues. “Biblical Authority” meant that “God told me to tell you…so you’d better listen.”

    Okay, to be fair, it wasn’t always that way. And there is such a thing as real authority that’s healthy and helpful. So, what is it and what is it not?

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  • I love the Middle East

    As those of you know – who know me – I love the Middle East. My wife and three kids love the Middle East. We love the people. The passion. The Places. Even…well, yes – even the confusion and chaos. We just love it there.

    One of the most simple, yet true, things that Jesus ever taught was this principle – what your heart is full of, always comes out of your mouth. Like the law of gravity. “Out of the abundance of your heart, your moth speaks.” I love my family – I talk about my family. I love the Denver Broncos – I talk about the Broncos. I love Jesus – I talk about Jesus.

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