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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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    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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    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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    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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    Heading in soon…with a few others

    As promised, I’m touching base with you prior to going to Somalia. Next time you hear from me, we’ll be back with, hopefully, a much clearer idea of the best opportunities for partnership. I’ve assembled a team of 7 people that will be going in …

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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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    “You’re all Pharisees!”

    Dr. Larycia Hawkins was removed from Wheaton College for her “extreme views.” (She donned the Muslim women’s hijab, took a selfie with it on, and equated Allah with God.) Then we invited her to share at Simply Jesus. Between her and Shane Claiborne, well let’s just …

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    The Key to Everything – Paying Respect to Dr. Kenneth Bailey

    A year and a half ago I met with one of my three modern literary mentors, Ken Bailey. (The other two would be N.T. Wright and Dallas Willard). I’d always wanted to meet Ken, and finally, through some serious stalking, I made an appointment with …

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    Practical Ways to Reach Out to Muslims (Or Anyone Else). Tip #4: No Western Christian Culture

    This is a tough one.  The obvious follow-up question is, “How do we know the difference between what’s Western Christian culture and the good stuff?”  Great question.  Answer: It’s not easy to tell.  Because no matter what we read and hear and believe, our experience …

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