Category Archive for: ‘Carl’s Thoughts’

  • I am a Fan!

    There’s a great book out these days called “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman.

    The title and the book makes a ton of sense – Jesus doesn’t just want “fans” he wants people who are fully devoted to him and follow him. I couldn’t agree more.

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  • Why do Muslims Persecute Christians?

    Do Muslims persecute Christians? And if so….why? Are there reasons? Or none? Watch as Mustafa Akyol gives a helpful short response to this difficult question.

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  • “Where are all the Moderate Christian Voices….?”

    I was recently here at our home in Denver, when my friend Mustafa Akyol asked a question that surprised even me – “Where are all the moderate Christian voices who speak out against violence towards Muslims, American wars in Muslims lands and the plight of the Palestinians?”  

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  • Does the Quran teach Muslims to hate or kill Christians and Jews?

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  • The NRA, Big Government, Israel and Jesus

    I like that title.

    I confuse people. Sometimes I say that’s my spiritual gift – Confusion. Not sure if that’s in the 1 Corinthians or Romans 12 lists, but if it’s not – it should be. I have the gift of Confusion.

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    “Authority.” Just the word makes me cringe. I grew up in a Christian culture where words like “authority” and “submission” were used interchangeably – mostly by older men who had issues. “Biblical Authority” meant that “God told me to tell you…so you’d better listen.”

    Okay, to be fair, it wasn’t always that way. And there is such a thing as real authority that’s healthy and helpful. So, what is it and what is it not?

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  • I love the Middle East

    As those of you know – who know me – I love the Middle East. My wife and three kids love the Middle East. We love the people. The passion. The Places. Even…well, yes – even the confusion and chaos. We just love it there.

    One of the most simple, yet true, things that Jesus ever taught was this principle – what your heart is full of, always comes out of your mouth. Like the law of gravity. “Out of the abundance of your heart, your moth speaks.” I love my family – I talk about my family. I love the Denver Broncos – I talk about the Broncos. I love Jesus – I talk about Jesus.

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  • Do all Muslims Hate Israel?

    My friend Mustafa Akyol answers this and other difficult questions. From the perspective of a thoughtful Muslim from Turkey! You’ll love this….

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  • From the Eyes of Hope

    Our daughter Anna and her friend Joe made this 21 minute documentary about hope in the Holy Land. It won the National Youth Film Festival “Best Documentary” award. It’s worth a watch.

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  • Muslims who Follow Jesus!

    I just returned from Baghdad where I chaired some of the meetings for the Arab League on the Palestinian-Israeli issue. I met several Europeans from countries like Spain and France, who were avowed Atheists from these Catholic countries. You might call them Catholic Atheists. I mean, they weren’t Catholic in any meaningful way, but that was their heritage.

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