Making Jesus Accessible

  • The Greatest

    And then…there was One. He didn’t make the top ten list. He’s a bit of an enigma as I both have and have not met him personally. He’s probably confused me as much as he’s clarified things for me. On the great social issues of our day – he’s mostly silent. He wasn’t a Christian. Not White. Not Western. Said things that made his most committed followers want to stop following and things that made the worst of sinners love him. On one hand, simple, and on the other, profound. At the same time both clear and mysterious. Human and yet possessing divinity in a way we will never grasp. Intriguing. Winsome. Harsh. All things to all men, and yet nothing at all to others. A carpenters kid and the one who holds the universe together by his very breath. This is Jesus. He stands alone!

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  • #1 All-time Mentor (surprise)

    Here we are. The mentor who has influenced me mos. (Who I’ve never personally met). This is an easy one really. And I think it’ll surprise you. I’m not even sure it SHOULD be this person – as I’d rather it be Jesus (the obvious choice here), but it’s the Apostle Paul.

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  • My #2 Mentor (who I’ve never met)

    As a five year old in Kindergarten, I already felt like an “Evangelist.” During “show and tell” I’d always ask the other kids a question and have them raise their hands. Once I asked “How many of your Grammas have subscribed the Humpty Dumpty Magazine for you?” It was my favorite, so I wanted everyone to have it.

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  • Mentor #3 – Jim Elliot

    I grew up on Jim Elliot. He was my childhood hero. I read the book “Through Gates of Splendor” probably five times before I was 12 years old.

    I wanted to be like him. I wanted to fly a bush plane into the jungles like Nate Saint. I was even ready to die – like them. I have often thought I would. (I haven’t, in case you’re wondering).

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  • Mentor I don’t know Personally #4

    Mother Theresa has always been an enigma to me. She’s female, I’m male. She’s short, I’m tall. She’s Catholic, I’m Protestant. She loves the poor, I prefer the rich. She preaches with her life – I use my words. You might say, she’s the anti-Carl Medearis. And that’s why I love her!

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  • My Top 5 Mentors I’ve never Met:

    I learned years ago from Dr. Robert Clinton, that “mentoring” is a big word and a broad category. In the past, when someone would ask me to “mentor” or “disciple” them I’d basically say some version of “no.” I “wasn’t gifted that way” I’d say. I’m more the upfront guy. The door-opener. The friend. The catalyst. But a mentor – no way. It just sounded intimidating to me. I had visions of meeting with that person one hour every week (probably at an ungodly time of the morning)….forever. Doing Beth Moore type fill-in-the-blank studied. Just not me. So….NO!

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  • My #1 Mentor

    Well, here we are – at #1. The one who has taught me most, influenced me most and even trained me most. You guessed it – my wife, Chris.

    Before I dive into this one, let me reiterate that there are MANY others who could be on this list. Mentoring, and being mentored, is not a science, it’s an art. It’s about friendships that shape you. And I’ve had many over the years. They come at opportune times to teach a lesson. There names are Grant and Nathan and Sameer and Floyd and Greg and Bart and Mike and….. SO many that I and we are grateful for. You know who you are and so does God. Thank you.

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  • John Wimber. My #2 Mentor

    My wife, Chris, and I were married on June 7th, 1986. A wonderful day! We took a week-long honeymoon (camping at Lake Powell) and came back for another week off to settle in to our new apartment in Colorado Springs. At the time, I was the part time Singles Pastor at a large church in town. We had a Sunday off to we decided to visit this new thing called “The Vineyard.” It was a weird little church with about 40 people meeting in a Grade School gym. Metal chairs. A pastor who played the guitar in a rock ‘n roll band – and everyone drinking coffee and eating donuts. Very strange.

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  • My Mentor #3

    Doug Coe will be mad when he finds out I’ve done this. He doesn’t like to be in the spotlight. He doesn’t do interviews. Doesn’t write books or articles. Doesn’t have a website or Facebook page. Doesn’t even (personally) do emails. He’s a purest. His idea is that Jesus influenced the whole world without any of those things – so he should as well. Not a bad thought….

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  • 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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