Category Archive for: ‘Carl’s Thoughts’

  • Jesus and Trump?

    It appears that the unholy mix of American nationalism with some brands of Christianity have produced a blind allegiance to whomever speaks their language. Trump has been the spokesperson most recently but in the past it’s been Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and to a lesser …

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  • 2020 was a beautiful year

    The last 9 months have been the most difficult of my life. My work has suffered. My health wasn’t good – both Chris and I had Covid 19.  (I’m pretty sure mine was actually Covid 20 as I felt especially sick. Or….maybe I’m just a …

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    I’m baaaack

    I’m going to start blogging from time to time again.  Just wanted to write a couple sentences here to say that. More soon…. carl

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    Sometimes Jesus Stood Alone. (And, Sometimes You Should Too.)

    Jesus was often alone. Yes, he had a team and some very close friends he spent tons of time with, but you’ll often find him alone in the Gospels. This is a highly nuanced point about the life of Jesus. Mostly I would encourage you, …

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    Grounded.

    Some fairly big news from Carl and Chris. In the spring of 2013 I started to feel something. Call it “getting old.” Or as I prefer – “Wisdom.”  But it was telling me to slow down my life of rushing around the Middle East sharing Jesus and doing humanitarian work. …

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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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    Billy Graham, My Mentor

    I wrote this several years ago as part of a 10-piece series called “My Top Mentors” and I repost it now with great joy and sadness. —– As a five year old in Kindergarten, I already felt like an “Evangelist.” During “show and tell” I’d …

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    On Challenging the Status Quo: Trump, Patriotism, Israel

    “Why do you seem so angry at Trump, yet you rarely criticized Obama?” “Why are you so hard on Israelis and overly gracious toward Palestinians?” “Why do you take Republican leaders to task and yet give Democrats a free ride?” “Why do you criticize your …

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    James Comey, Jesus, and the Power of Indecision and Silence

    I should’ve been doing a 1000 other things on my plate this morning, but instead I opted to watch James Comey testify before the Senate committee.  Talk about pressure! Imagine being grilled by a dozen of the smartest and most powerful men and women in …

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