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Simply Jesus Gathering

simply jesus gathering

“Jesus may be a bit different than we think.”

That is the ideas behind this Gathering in Denver in just 3 months time. This gathering initially caught my interest when I saw that Tom Wright was going to take part. I am anticipating his soon to be released, “Paul and the Faithfulness of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God)
“. His work has encouraged my faith greatly.

Then I saw that the author of one of my favorite books from last year was going to be there also (Carl Medearis, “Speaking of Jesus” ).

You ask, “Who is the Simply Jesus Gathering for?”
Anyone…who wants to understand more about Jesus of Nazareth…for any reason.

Atheists, believers, agnostics, truth seekers, church goers, non-church goers, pastors, non-pastors, church planters, anti-church planters, contemplatives, activists…anyone who wants to take the person and precepts of Jesus seriously.

www.simplyjesusgathering.com/

Join the gathering November 7-9 in Denver for a unique gathering featuring N. T. Wright, Philip Yancey, Jay Pathak, Bart Tarman, Hugh Halter and Carl Medearis.
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Speaking of Jesus


Carl Medearis has a way of making what might appear to be a complicated issue seem both simple and exciting at the same time.

He is a creative and provocative story teller and has a way of inviting you into a life of following Jesus that seems as exhilarating as one of Indiana Jones’ adventures. Watch this video I blogged recently of Carl discussing the life of Jesus to see what I am talking about.



While Carl’s new book, “Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism” should technically be located under “Evangelism, How to”, in contrast Carl is showing how the common evangelistic methods are so very much misrepresenting and distracting folks from engaging with the actual person and life of Jesus.

Medearis talks about how often times many people find themselves making the mistake of getting defensive over Christianity when talking with someone about there faith. This just muddles any hopes of getting anywhere fruitful in the conversation.

Carl shows us the way out of these kinds of traps and pitfalls, explaining how simply speaking of Jesus almost always pays the best dividends. Not giving a defense of Christianity, Church Doctrines, and the like. Simply Jesus.

In Carl’s own words, “Here it is – the thesis of this book: if you don’t feel like you have to evangelize someone away from their team onto yours, you can speak of Jesus much more freely, and thus, much more effectively.”

You might find his CNN article, “Why Evangelicals Should Stop Evangeliziing” interesting. I did, so I followed through with getting the book and now am including you in on it.

I have really been quite encouraged and very impressed with Carl as he makes the conversation about Jesus. Jesus is where the life is. Just sayin.

Life of Jesus -Carl Medearis

“What are the top 4 things you love about the life of Jesus?”, asks Carl Medearis in this youtube video. “Not what he said or his parables and what he taught..” This is challenging.

Carl points out that we have often skimmed right through the life of jesus in our Christian thoughts and meditations. He said that in the 30 Christian creeds he went through there is nothing about the life of Jesus within in them. They might mention briefly that he “lived”, and yes that he was sinless, but nothing about “how” he lived.

He lived a real actual life. Carl says, “Look at how Jesus actually did things, not just what he said, not just his parables, not just the end game, not that he died and rose again, not just the theology around it, but look look at how he lived, how he interacted, how he questioned the questioner, how he didn’t answer questions, ..how he dealt with the religious people as opposed to the sinners. How he dealt with his closest disciples..”

Carl talks about a couple of things that he admires in the life of Jesus. He points out how Jesus never seems to mind being interrupted as he is on his way. He walks everywhere and doesn’t ride there.. He also talks about how jesus taught as he went. He does something. Then he tells the disciples they can do the same thing. Then he does the same thing with them. Then he sends them to do it by themselves.

What are some things you love about the life of Jesus?
Has this short video helped you to think a bit differently about the life of Jesus and encourage you in following him?