Category Archive for: ‘Book Excerpts’

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    The Hard Sayings of Jesus

    If Jesus is our model, we must follow him with bravery and courage in our day-to-day interactions. Take risks. Mess up. Say the wrong thing and then go back for a redo.  Otherwise, we’ll languish in the backwaters of boredom doing nothing but rehashing weather …

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    I’m So Sorry

    Chris’s Story. One evening, Carl and I and some close friends took the light-rail train to downtown Denver.  Soon we were strolling down the busy cobblestone streets, chatting and laughing on the way to our favorite restaurant. While our hearts were united in conversation about …

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    Big, Scary…Christians

    Erica’s Story. The news bothered me.  No one could–or wanted to–deny the fact that repeated and terrible acts were being perpetrated in the name of Islam by extremists. But the broad brushing of all Muslims as security risks and the fear-mongering regarding refugees deeply disturbed …

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    United in Compassion

    Joel’s story. Afghani, Sudanese, Iraqi, Syrian, Rwandan…these were the nationalities of the refugees who gathered at English Club on Thursday nights.  Faithfully they came to the apartment clubhouse, week-in, week-out, hoping to practice their beginning English and to make connections within their new community.  A …

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    Unspoken Courage

    Ty’s Story. A group of us had started visiting a “refugee complex” regularly.  We weren’t part of any formal effort, but each of us had a concern for the welfare of the growing refugee population in our city and a desire to be where we …

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    The MLK Day I’ll Never Forget

    Michal’s story. My heart was pounding in my chest. I slowly felt my body heating up and my mind was racing. This is it, I thought. This was a test. What was I going to do? Was I going to be a spectator and stay …

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    How Do We Know Jesus? (Week 3)

    How do we really know Jesus? A few weeks ago I promised to give you my best three suggestions for moving beyond knowing about Jesus, to really knowing Him.  Over the last two weeks, I’ve shared the first two: We know Jesus from what we …

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    How Do We Know Jesus? (Week 2)

    How do we really know Jesus?  That’s the big question. If you read last week’s entry, you will know that my first suggestion can be summed up as follows: If you want to get to know Jesus, read the four gospels until they become part …

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    How Do We Know Jesus? (Week 1)

    I speak about politics, religion, and Denver Broncos football. But, I speak of Jesus. You see, I speak of what I know. Do we really know Jesus? And, what exactly does that mean, anyway? Over the next 3 weeks, I will make three suggestions that I believe …

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    Practical Ways to Reach Out to Muslims (Or Anyone Else). Tip #5: Be Yourself

    This one is tougher than it looks.  It’s amazing how much time we spend being someone else.  I’ve done that much of my life.  Even in our attempts to “be like Jesus,” we’re asked to be “like” him in our own skin.  We’re all uniquely …

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