Author Archive for: ‘carlmedearis’
I often struggle to explain to friends exactly what it is I do. As most of you know, I’ve long since moved away from terms like “Missionary,” or even “Christian.” I don’t think of myself as “doing ministry” or even “evangelism.” However, it’s much easier to say what I’m NOT rather than say what I AM. Who am I and what do I do?Read More
Two Meals, Twenty Emails and Seven Resolutions The best things happen over meals. We see this in the life of Christ. Most of his work took place on the street or over meals, not in religious meetings. My recent experience confirms this. Ten religious leaders …Read More
Okay, this might be my most direct and hopefully most helpful post yet about religion.
I often say we are called to love what Jesus loves mainly….people. Everyone. All 6.7 billion of them. But what if we’re also supposed to hate what Jesus seemed to hate?! Obviously that could and should include sin anything that offends God.Read More
An amazing trip to the Middle East. This is worth a read. Here are some snapshots:
We were with the Hezbollah #2 (who we always see). He’s functionally the top guy as the #1 guy has been in hiding for 4 years. We are in his office in Tyre, southern Lebanon. We’ve had three and a half hours of great discussion. The President of Iran, Ahmadinejad, has just landed in Lebanon hours earlier (more on that in a bit). As usual, I ask the Sheikh if we can pray for him before we go and he says “Of course.” I asked one of my pastor friends to pray. He is overcome by the Holy Spirit, falls to his knees in front of the Sheikh, and through tears, prays. We lay hands on the Hezbollah leader and sense the presence of God in the room. An amazing moment etched in my mind.
My first thought (after “Oh my goodness, my friend looks like he’s kissing the guy’s feet”) was, “We are in the presence of The King. Jesus is here. How cool….”
The next snapshot was later that same day as we were hosted by an extremely wealthy Muslim background businessman who has seen visions of Jesus. Our friend Brad broke out into song on the guitar, and while they thought he was doing a mini-concert, he led in prayer through worship. Again, we physically experienced the presence of God in that house (which backed up against the Prime Minister’s house). I asked if the host and his wife would stand in the middle so we could gather around and pray for them. I gave them a bit of instruction: “Don’t pray, just be still. We will pray for you.”
They did, and we did – tears all around.Read More
Last night we hosted a gathering of about 30 of our friends from the Denver area. We wanted them to meet Safi and Eman, our dear friends from Lebanon who live and work in Saudi Arabia. They are Muslims who are following Jesus.
There were several poignant moments in the evening. With tear-filled eyes, Safi asked for forgiveness from us for the Muslims who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and for Al Qaeda in general.Read More
Global Faith Forum
November 11-13, 2010
NorthWood Church, Keller, TX
HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal, HE Vietnamese Ambassador Le Cong Phung, Os Guinness, Eboo Patel, Ray Bakke, Bob Roberts, Jr., Ed Stetzer and others
Why the Global Faith Forum?
In case you haven’t noticed, the world around us is getting smaller. What used to be “on the other side of the world” is now in our own backyard.Read More
I don’t know of anyone who thinks pastor Terry Jones’ “Burn a Koran Day” this Saturday is a good idea. As if it will be helpful…. However….!
(First a funny/sad side note. Have you noticed the name of his church has the word “Dove” in it? Hmmm? Maybe just me, but I found that strangely ironic). Anyway….Read More