Author Archive for: ‘carlmedearis’

  • Blog Church

    Answering Donald Miller on the Local Church

    Discussing whether or not we should be part of a local church is similar to deciding whether you should call yourself a Christian or not.  It’s complicated. Every word depends on what that word means to you, and to everyone reading the word.  Descriptors, clauses, parenthesis, disclaimers and every other form of nuance are required, and misunderstanding is still likely.

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  • Jesus didn’t Teach!

    Try this one for an all time great Bible trivia question with someone who knows the scriptures well. “What was Jesus doing in the temple when he was 12 years old and his family left town forgetting him there?”

    Never mind the hilariousness of the holy family forgetting Jesus (Luke 2:41-52), or that it took them three days to find him, or that Jesus didn’t seem to mind…or…oh, so many funny things here. But back to the trick question – what was Jesus doing in the temple?

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  • A Real Man!

    This is the first in my series “Who is the Man?” Asking the question of who Jesus was. We can’t fully know who he is now, if we don’t understand who he was then.

    He was a man. Duh! you say. Well, not so fast. Many of us grew up in a form of Christianity that highlighted Jesus’ deity and downplayed his humanity. We always said that “he was fully human” but I’m not sure we believed it.

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  • Who is this Man?

    The question for the ages – who is Jesus? It’s my question almost daily as he continues to impress and surprise me. But he also confuses me, annoys me, angers me, encourages me, and in every way…astonishes me. Who is this man?

    I’m going to write a series of short blogs on this over the next weeks (as I attempt to write my new book – this is what I do when i have writers block, which is most of the time).

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  • My New Year resolution for YOU.

    I don’t know if this is fair or not. Probably not. Seems that most things I do are not “fair,” so why not make a New Year’s resolution on your behalf. Here it goes. I think you want to know Jesus more. Just a wild …

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  • My “Best of” 2013

    Never done this before but was inspired by Donald Miller’s “Best of” blog. So…here it goes….

    The Best of 2013:

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  • Gay Ducks

    I can’t stand it any more. I have to weigh in. Besides, everyone else is and I’m feeling left out. 🙂

    I don’t really want to repeat what Duck Dynasty’s hairy dad, Phil Robertson, said – if you somehow missed it – just log on to any news site or watch TV. He was quoted saying that homosexuality is sin, in a fairly graphic manner. He then went on to say some things about black people that I personally found far more offensive.

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  • The new and (vastly) improved “Middle East Experience” website.

    I don’t know how often you check out this site – but it’s now a lot more interesting with a ton more content. Spend some time here: Also we’re doing a little fund-raising campaign – but you get a bunch of cool stuff for …

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  • Good and Beautiful God

    I’m reading a stunning book right now called “The Good and Beautiful God: falling in love with the God Jesus Knows,” by James Bryan Smith. It’s stunning. So…the first “Book of the Month” read is this one. I invite you to join me and …

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  • The Process of Writing a Book.

    So….sort of big news. I’m signing a contract this week for a new book – with Bethany House/Baker publishing. (They did my first book – Muslims, Christians and Jesus – and I’ve loved working with them). The back and forth of writing a good proposal and then the contract negotiations took about two months – now we sign. And then….I have to start writing. Here’s how that goes………… Not that well. 🙂

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