Making Jesus Accessible

  • 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: www.MiddleEastExperience.com 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. http://amzn.to/1kdCBFe 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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  • A generous life

    One of the things I’ve learned from generous friends – is that the generosity of sharing friends is perhaps the most profound kind of generosity. In the world i come from, who you know is everything. If you have a “big donor” you would never introduce that person to your other ministry friends because they might “steal him.”

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  • I’m Thankful….

    for a great family. Wonderful parents and two great sister. An amazing wife and three great kids (when can i stop calling them “kids”). For friends. Unbelievable friends – the kind that stick with you through thick and thin. An amazing “job” – not sure what makes a job a job, but whatever it is I get to do everyday – I almost feel guilty it’s so fun!

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  • Complicating Jesus

    Two weeks from today we start our gathering called “Simply Jesus.”

    I’m in the first week of teaching my online University course to 21 eager students – “Jesus in a Muslim Context.”

    We have a new small group study guide for my book “Speaking of Jesus.”

    Last weekend I was in Chicago and this weekend in Richmond – encouraging Christians to follow Jesus.

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  • Syria, the Government Shutdown and a girl named Malala

    Someone asked me last week at a Q and A time where I was speaking in San Antonio, “If you had a few minutes to advise President Obama on what he should do with Syria, what would you say?”

    I replied – as you might guess: “Jesus.”

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  • Syria. Why history matters.

    My bachelors degree is in History from the University of Colorado. General history. I studied world history, American history, ancient history, any and all kinds of history. I took a class called -12th Century Europe – and loved it. I’ve always found it fascinating that we all acknowledge the adage “History repeats itself” and then we move ahead….and sure enough, it does.

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  • Understanding Syria. And what do we do now?

    In January of 2003 I was in a room filled with Congressmen in DC – they were asking me and my Arab friend, Samir, questions about Iraq. It quickly became evident they knew nothing of the county – it’s history, it culture, it’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious heritage. They knew nothing about the country we were about to invade/liberate. I remember asking four or five simple questions – questions anyone who knew anything about the Middle East should know. And not one of them knew even one answer. And here we are 10 years later: 5000 American lives lost. 150,000 (at least) Iraqi civilians dead. And continued daily bombings inside the country. That was probably not what these Congressmen envisioned at that large house in DC that January evening of 2003.

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  • Predator And Hellfire

    Looking for someone to bomb….

    Does it ever seem to you that there are some unknown group of folks in and around the US White House who are just looking for someone to bomb? It sure does to me. I have some ideas as to who those bomb-loving people are, but that’s not my focus today. But I’ve gotta ask a question, “Who would Jesus bomb?” No seriously. Don’t just write that off, think about it a bit. Was Jesus ever for violence?

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