Making Jesus Accessible
I’ve realized I always write these intense blogs and then end up arguing with someone who loves Christianity or is suspicious of Muslims…Ugh. Why do I do that? 🙂
Most of the time, I like to enjoy life with my family and friends. I love to fish and ski and hunt and play tennis and…watch sports on the weekend. I enjoy ping pong and foosball and eating pizza – that’s what we’re doing with friends tonight.
And I LOVE spending time with God. Thinking, praying, singing, reading. Alone or with people. in church, or outside. I can worship with my Muslim friends or conservative right-wing Christians. Doesn’t matter.Read More
Let’s play a game!Read More
I am thinking of a tree.
I can picture it in my mind.
You don’t know what I am imagining. You might safely assume it has a trunk, branches and leaves of some kind, but can you assume we are picturing the same thing?
What image first came to mind when you read the word ‘tree?’ Depending on what may be growing outside your home, in your neighbourhood, region or country, our mental pictures could be vastly different; a bonsai, a palm, orange tree or cedar? Does your tree grow indoor or outside? Is it standing alone, or placed strategically in a park or garden, inside a mall, or is it part of a magnificent forest? What season did you imagine it in, that would determine the state of its colour, leaves, flowers or fruit? Is anything inside the tree, such as a nest of some kind, or is anything attached to it; lights, ornaments, a swing, a poster? Do you imagine a living tree, or an artist’s depiction?….
I’ve recently been in an email exchange between a prominent Christian leader here in the States and a top Islamic and political leader from the Arab world. It’s been interesting to say the least…
The conversation has gone sort of like this:
Muslim Leader (ML): So…do you want to just love me for who I am or do you want to convert me and just pretend to love me?
Christian Leaders (CL): I do want to love you unconditionally. Just for who you are. And of course I’d like you to follow Jesus….
ML: So, then you DO want to convert me!Read More
I took these all off of the Amazon reviews. Each break is a new review. Read them in full if you want at Amazon.com.
Humbling and I thank God for these…..
Reading this book by Medearis is like sitting around with one of the wise and experienced veterans of ministry. As they talk you realize that you wish you had pen and paper with you so you can write some of this down.Read More
There are so many people I know I wish would read this book.
This book has changed my world. I’m serious. I was the one that was convinced that I had to bring others to my religion. If they disagreed over some point within that religion, I got defensive and forgot the real goal: JESUS.
What Muslims in Saudi and Christians in Kansas have in Common!Read More
They both read what I write.
I called my friend Samir in Saudi Arabia a few months ago and he had a bunch of friends over at his house. One of them grabbed the phone (another Muslim friend I know) and said “Hey Carl, how weird. We were just looking at your website all together and reading your latest blog. And here you call us… Wild.”
Don’t know if you’ve thought about this or not. But my wife and kids read my emails, blogs and Facebook posts. My friends who are pastors of churches read them. My dad and mom and two sisters read them. I have liberal and conservative Christian friends reading them. I have Americans who would not all themselves Christians and who are not following Jesus, reading them…. And…I have friends all over the world reading them. Many of them Muslims.
I don’t know about you, but I get angry anti-Muslim emails all the time. They are always under the guise of “bringing understanding and awareness.” How do we respond?
First let me ask some questions to the Christians who might be reading this:Read More
Question #1. Are we called to fear or love?
Question #2. Are we calling fear “understanding” in order to mask our fear?
I think I have a unique spiritual gift. I can see your sin. Clearly. I mean, I can see it while riding a horse over a distant bridge. Your sin. It’s embarrassingly easy for me to spot.Read More
I’ve had this gift since I was a young child. I could see it in my two sisters. My parents. Schoolmates and even people far away. It just seemed to yell out “Look at me. I’m sin.”
And then I heard it. Justification from the pulpit. The man said “Love the sinner, but hate the sin.” I realized I needed to be a bit better at loving the sinner. I had the “hate the sin” part down, but was a little weak on the second half of the saying.
I was a pastor for several years – helping lead a growing church in Colorado Springs. Then we moved to Beirut. I fell in love with Jesus. In love with Arabs. In love with Muslims. In love with my wife and kids. But…out of love with churches. I saw so much pain. So much confusion. We started “The Olive Grove.” Never called it “church.”
When we moved back to the states, we started going to a church here in Denver – it was close to our house. Had people. Talked about God. Seemed nice enough. But then they had a nasty church split. And we were mostly friends with those who left. They all wanted us to leave too. We stayed. We were committed.
Chris got involved. I travel a lot, so, I didn’t. Chris liked it. I didn’t so much. But we stayed. We were committed.Read More
Last week I did an interview on the Something Beautiful Podcast. Click on the link below to listen.Read More