"When you begin to think outside the box, you often become some other "leaders" lousy follower. That usually costs something" (Andy Rayner)

"Our guardian angels are bored." (Mike Foster)

It's where I feel I'm at these days. “In the second half of life, it is good just to be a part of the general dance. We do not have to stand out, make defining moves, or be better than anyone else on the dance floor. Life is more participatory than assertive, and there is no need for strong or further self-definition” (Falling Upward. Richard Rohr.120).

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Speak of Jesus and You Win Every Time

It’s sort of strange to mention another
book right at the beginning of a chapter,
but a dear friend named Carl Medearis
wrote a timely book titled Speaking of
Jesus. One thing I’ve learned is that there
is a way to speak of Jesus and there’s
a way not to.

“Speaking of Jesus.” I even like the
way that sounds, don’t you? I never liked
it when someone told me to go witness or
give my testimony or share the gospel. All
those seemed pretty weird and unnatural,
but speaking of Jesus? Now that sounds

Carl has taken me to places you would
never think a Jesus conversation would
be a good idea. Several years ago, he
took me to Lebanon and several other spots in the Middle East. In Beirut we had
some chat time with Hezbollah leaders;
in Amman, Jordan, we met with Muslim
men who had billions of dollars; and in
Jerusalem and the West Bank (in Pales-
tine), we met with people who see West-
ern Christianity as a farce and one of the
world’s greatest evils. But each one of
them loved to speak about Jesus!

People will always struggle with Chris-
tians and church and things that have
happened in the name of Jesus, but
amazingly even those who don’t know
much about His life intuitively find His
story and His words something warm to
speak about."

- Hugh Halter. FLESH

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