Fearless Questions

Following our Questions to Freedom

Episode 11: Carl Medearis

Is calling yourself a Christian the same thing as being a follower of Jesus? 

This is a provocative question posed to us today as we get to hear from someone who has lived out the realities associated with this question around the world.

From speaking in the towns (and even mosques) of Lebanon, meeting with leaders of Hamas in Iraq, negotiating peace between Palestinians and Israelis in back room meetings, while the entire time never straying far from the simple message of Jesus…Carl Medearis is living an extraordinary life. 

Carl is the author of many books including (among others): ‘Speaking of Jesus’, ‘Adventures in Saying Yes’, and ‘Tea with Hezbollah’. 

In Eric Metaxas’ biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer…Bonhoeffer is quoted as saying:

     “If it is I who determine where God is to be found, then I shall always find a God who corresponds to me in some way, who is obliging, who is connected with my own nature.  But if God determines where he is to be found, then it will be in a place which is not immediately pleasing to my nature and which is not at all congenial to me.” 

Bonhoeffer goes on to say that, for him, that place is the Cross, but seeing an individual like Carl live out his life of saying yes to Jesus…I’m struck that in a parallel way, he has seen over and again the unlikely places that God sometimes takes us when our sole focus is finding Him (if you want to read more about this, do yourself a favor and read Tea with Hezbollah :). 

I think you’re really going to enjoy listening to Carl today…and hopefully be willing to ask yourself a few Fearless Questions about what it means to be called a Christian today.


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Here’s a couple other links you might find helpful:

Carl’s personal website:  http://www.carlmedearis.com/ 

Simply Jesus Gathering:  http://simplyjesusgathering.com/ 

About Jeff Blackburn

Jeff Blackburn is a Spiritual Coach and passionate Truth-Seeker. An alumnus of Oxford University, Jeff is someone who advocates for Freedom and Fullness of Life for All. He believes Jesus offers good news for people everywhere today…not just eternity. Jeff is the Executive Director of Fearless Questions, Inc. and has spent the past 20 years working with people searching for God.