Category Archive for: ‘Carl’s Thoughts’

  • 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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  • The Dangerous Heresy of Zionism

    Seven Biblical Answers to Popular Zionist Assumptions
    Posted on August 22, 2011 by Stephen Sizer
    Seven Biblical Answers to Popular Zionist Assumptions

    1. God promises to bless those who bless Israel and curses those who curse Israel

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  • From Being Pro-Israel, to Pro-People!

    I grew up like most mid-western American Evangelical Christians. Conservative politically and biblically. I believed in two bumper stickers – “God said it. I believe it. That settles it.” And… “God. Guns. Guts. Lets fight to keep all three.”

    How’s that for Conservative? Nebraska and Colorado Springs. Focus on the Family and the Navigators. My dad was a pastor and I was on the fast track to being a Conservative Christian Missionary poster-boy. And in that, I knew a few things to be true about Israel and its surrounding neighbors.

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  • Repent you Sinners!

    ….Kingdom of God is near. Words from Jesus.

    What first comes to mind when you hear the word “repent?” It probably depends on your background doesn’t it? You might hear it with a heavy southern drawl being angrily yelled. Or…you might hear a street preacher with a bullhorn. Or maybe you don’t have any of that baggage and you haven’t heard the word much at all. It is a bit out of vogue after all…

    But Jesus said it quite a bit. Scholars way smarter than I (which is almost everyone) say that it is probably better translated as:

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  • Questions about Islam #1

    Mustafa Akyol discusses Questions we all have about Islam. Very helpful.

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