Making Jesus Accessible

  • Thanksgiving with Indians

    When my buddy Brad Corrigan ( invited our family to spend Thanksgiving at the Pine Ridge Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, we immediately said yes….then thought about it…

    We’ve had a tradition the last few years of spending that precious holiday with some of our dearest friends here in Denver. Doing the usual. Eating and watching football. It’s a lot of fun and very relaxing. And we love it!

    But this just seemed like the right thing to do. For several years in Lebanon we had collected some of the kids’ toys and traveled to the Bekaa Valley and visited nomadic Bedouin Arabs for this day of giving thanks. It was funny because each year as we’d ask our three young children to collect some things to give away, they’d invariably come back with their nicest and most expensive toys to donate – causing conflicted thoughts in their parents. 🙂

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  • Rate Your Church Experience

    I’ve long wondered how other people “experience” church? Is it positive? Negative? Probably a bit of both. Well, now’s your chance to rate how you’ve felt about church over the years.

    Here’s what this is NOT: It is not an opportunity to complain publicly about church. It is not about your theology of church. It’s not even how good your church is – or how good they’ve been in the past.

    It is simply – your personal experience of going to and being part of any given local church.

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  • Author: US Christians Should Extend Grace to Arab World

    An interview I recently did for The Christian Post:

    By Mark Hensch | CP Contributor

    Carl Medearis is a writer equally at home in East and West. Currently residing in Denver, Colo., he also spent 12 years in Beirut, Lebanon. These experiences have made the scribe a specialist on Christian-Muslim relations and a rare voice linking Americans with the Arab world.

    Medearis’ work on both sides of the Atlantic produced 2008’s Muslims, Christians, and Jesus: Gaining Understanding and Building Relationships. It quickly gained popularity as an important guide for interfaith interaction, and has since been turned into a video seminar series for churches and missionaries that was released in September.

    In an interview with The Christian Post, Medearis maintains that peace between Christians and Muslims remains vital as the number following each faith closes. With 9/11’s legacy still looming large a decade later, he argues that Christians and Muslims must cooperate to keep the world safe.

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  • A blog about Nothing

    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.

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  • “Arabs.” Words and their Meanings…

    Let’s play a game!
    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?….

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  • Just friends? Agenda to convert? Or…?

    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!

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  • Recommendations for Speaking of Jesus

    I took these all off of the Amazon reviews. Each break is a new review. Read them in full if you want at
    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.
    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.

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  • Love Your Enemies

    Love Your Enemies from The Austin Stone on Vimeo.

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  • What Muslims in Saudi and Christians in Kansas have in Common!

    What Muslims in Saudi and Christians in Kansas have in Common!
    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.

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  • How to respond to the anti-Muslim propoganda

    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:
    Question #1. Are we called to fear or love?
    Question #2. Are we calling fear “understanding” in order to mask our fear?

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