I have a missionary friend of mine who supports the ministry of Carl Medearis. I had heard of Medearis before, and I have a book by him in my library that remains unread, Muslims, Christians, and Jesus: Gaining Understanding and Building Relationships. Like many folks today with tight schedules, I simply have not had the time to read the book. But I am a cheap guy, and so when my missionary friend sent me a link to download a **FREE** copy of Medearis’ latest book as part of a limited time offer, I thought “Sure, I’ll get it…. but I’ll probably never read it.” So I downloaded an electronic copy of Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism. It is a fairly small book, so I just happened to glance at the title of the last chapter, “Gays, Liberals, and Muslims“….. Say whaa??
I read that last chapter and I was hooked. But do not let me spoil it for you. Check it out and/or the rest of Carl’s ministry yourself. Carl Medearis is very creative, and so you may not agree with everything he says (more on that some other time), but he will make you think.
Carl Medearis has a very interesting story. He, his wife, and three kids lived in Beirut, Lebanon for 12 years. They got to meet a lot of Muslims. They got to understand a lot of Muslims. They also began to learn a lot about how many Muslims understand Christianity. Carl began to realize that “Christianity” and “following after Jesus” are not always the same thing. Here is a brief video with Carl that explores the problems with the word “Christian”.
There is a lot to unpack about what Carl is saying as he himself “unpacks” what he says in the video. Too much can be said in just one blog post, so I’ll just follow up later. What do you think? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section below.
HT: Scott Gore