Making Jesus Accessible

  • 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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  • Why are You Crying?

    Our oldest has left the nest and is learning to fly as she begins her first year at Taylor University. She is attending the university that I went to so that is quite exciting. Since Taylor is located in Indiana and she is a girl with a lot of stuff, we loaded the car and took off for a nineteen hour long journey. We arrived five days early because she received a cultural diversity scholarship which is part of the international student program. I was invited to be part of the program and it was an amazing time. I would like to share with you some of the emotions I experienced while walking around the campus. It took me back to my initial days of arriving on the same campus thirty years ago.

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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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  • Angry

    Angry at Church and Christianity! I hear that more and more. Nearly every time I speak somewhere, I have a handful of people who come to me and share some painful experience they’ve had with the church or Christianity (whatever they might think that means).

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  • Another Man’s Bus

    We left Bethlehem last Monday morning to go back across the border into Jordan to visit Rob who was in a serious car accident. From Bethlehem to Jerusalem is about 10 miles. From there to the Jordanian border is another 20 miles. (Down the valley and past Jericho). Should take about 45 minutes. But it takes several hours.

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  • In Beirut

    We’re at the end of our third day in Lebanon. Incredible. We’ve literally seen 100’s of people. Lebanese, Palestinians, Shi’ites, Sunni, Druze and Christian. From the north to the south. Lots of old friends and making some new ones. Once again I’m astounded by the open hearts towards the good news of Jesus Christ.

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