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  • Middle East Trip Video Update: 11/4

    Carl gives a quick update on what’s going on with the team in the Middle East, and he talks to a couple young people who live in Beirut. Take a few minutes to watch the video, and be sure to post your comments. Also, check out Carl’s Facebook page to see daily photo updates from the team.

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  • Middle East Trip Video Update: 11/3

    Carl gives a quick “live update” from the team currently in Beirut, Lebanon. Be sure to pass the video along to your friends, and if you’re not a fan on Facebook, become one so you can keep track of us. We also just posted photos of the day’s events on Facebook, so be sure to check them out.

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  • …and they want to kill you?

    Several times over the years, I’ve been in sticky situations. In jail in Saudi. In Jail in Lebanon (twice). Taken at gunpoint in Iraq. Threatened with a gun in south Lebanon. Kicked out of Lebanon twice. Had our van windows broken out by an angry mob – when we were in the car. My wife has been spit on and cursed at. We know what it feels like to have an enemy want to hurt us.

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  • God is Great, Beer is Good and People are Crazy

    Billy Currington has a country song with that title. Is it true? The first part is for sure – God is Great! And personally, I think there’s not much better than a tall cold one on a hot day as you watch the football game with friends! But is it true that “people are crazy”? Well, have you ever known any? People, that is. I’ve known a few, and….well….uh…it MIGHT be true.

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  • When the Rest of the World Prays

    Do Christians own exclusive rights on prayer? Does God only hear those of us who have submitted ourselves to him and follow Jesus? Or would He hear, and even answer, the prayers of a sincere unbeliever?

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  • An Amazing Story

    I saw my Muslim Arab friend sweating as he talked to my other friend, a fine conservative-minded evangelical Christian. It looked like the two had locked horns and were in a battle to the death.

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  • I’m a Muslim

    You knew it, right? You’ve been wondering – has Carl crossed over. Now he finally admits it. I can hear it now – “See Ethel, I told you the boy had lost it. He’s gone and converted. Became a Mohammadan. A jihad-er. Darn, we lost him. And he was such a nice guy.”

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  • Was Jesus “Nice”?

    One of the “concerns” people often have after they hear me share goes something like this: “It seems that your focus on befriending Muslims and others clearly outside the faith, waters down the gospel. The real gospel. The hard gospel. I mean, Jesus wasn’t just “Mr. Nice Guy” like you seem to suggest.”

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  • Tennessee Greasy Spoon

    This morning I had a terrifying cross-cultural experience. I ate breakfast at the 1st Street Diner in Cleveland Tennessee. I’m here to do a wedding and Chris and the kids haven’t yet joined me, so I was left alone to make these difficult decisions – like where to eat.

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  • We’re not “Missionaries”

    I was talking to our oldest, Anna, the other day about college scholarships (what else). I mentioned that Taylor University might have some scholarship money for MK’s – Missionary Kids…She had no idea what I was talking about. “Why me,” she asked, “we aren’t missionaries.”

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