Category Archive for: ‘Featured’

  • Speakingofjesusstudents

    What Have We Handcuffed to Jesus?

    I like all my books.  Really I do.  Periodically, someone will ask me what book that I’ve written is my favorite.  And, it is kind of like asking which of my kids is my favorite.  After all, each was birthed through a fairly intense labor process …

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    How Do We Really “Spread the Good News”?

    Here is an essay introduction I wrote to the book of I Thessalonians for the recently released Jesus Centered Bible.   **** Jesus in I Thessalonians More than I’ve seen in my lifetime, people in the church are divided over how we should most effectively spread …

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    How I Read the Bible

    First, I open it and then I….ok, sorry. Just being silly. But honestly, I think we sometimes take some really important things for granted, things that seem simple, and we don’t really consider why we do what we do.  We may assume that enjoying and …

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    Why Franklin Graham and not Iran?

    I’m pretty hard on America, our military, Christians (evangelicals in particular), Republicans and white people. So if you’re a white, American, male, evangelical Christian, Republican, pro-military leader – watch out. I’m gonna pick on you! And, oddly enough, I’m going to go the extra mile …

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  • An Open Letter to Franklin Graham

    An Open Letter to Franklin Graham Your father is my hero.  #1 on a long list of potential heroes. I’m sure it gets tiring being compared to him. But I think you’re stuck – you’re his son. I don’t know you personally, Franklin.  I admire …

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  • Carl Smiling On Stage SJG2015

    Living in Tension

    Why can’t we live in tension? In a place of nuance. Jesus seemed to constantly navigate those waters. One minute he’s calling one of his religious leaders a son of the devil and the next welcoming a prostitute or a tax collector. He says BOTH …

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    Jesus Serves Muhammad

    When we see Muslims committing acts of terror like the recent horror in Paris – there’s only one clarifying question that needs to be answered:  does the Quran or Islam, in some way, encourage such violence? As the Charlie Hebdo magazine released its new edition yesterday with prophet Muhammad …

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  • Carl Medearis

    At the end of the year, I….

    …I want more of Jesus. Really, if I were smart, I’d stop right here. This blog would be done. Because that says it all. I want more of Jesus. Hungry and thirsty for him.  For the life he gives and the love he offers and …

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  • Adventures In Saying Yes

    The Nuances of Truth

    We want our politics to fit on a bumper sticker.  Stand with Michael Brown. Ferguson Forever. Seek and Destroy ISIS.  Hope and Change. Amnesty for Immigrants. Was officer Darren Wilson actually guilty? Was Michael Brown really an innocent victim?  Our brains and hearts cry out …

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  • Finding ISIS in Ferguson

    ISIS. Ebola. Ferguson.  We sit glued to our television sets enthralled by the power of “What-if.”  What if ISIS comes here?  What if I catch Ebola and die?  What if disgruntled minorities rise up in violent protest where I live?  The media sells it. We …

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