Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism [NOOK Book]

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Quit defending Christianity.Author Carl Medearis is not interested in keeping Christianity alive. Not one bit. Carl believes it has grown into something that is rarely attractive, frequently divisive, and all too often embarrassing. He believes you may feel this way too. In his new book, Speakingof Jesus, Carl gives us a wink and a grin and the permission to stop feeding this thing called Christianity. His offer is that doing so allows us the freedom to relax and feast on Jesus. “You may not agree with ...

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Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism

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Overview

Quit defending Christianity.Author Carl Medearis is not interested in keeping Christianity alive. Not one bit. Carl believes it has grown into something that is rarely attractive, frequently divisive, and all too often embarrassing. He believes you may feel this way too. In his new book, Speakingof Jesus, Carl gives us a wink and a grin and the permission to stop feeding this thing called Christianity. His offer is that doing so allows us the freedom to relax and feast on Jesus. “You may not agree with everything in this book. I don’t. But you will be moved by it as I was…. Carl’s way of speaking of Jesus is immensely attractive.”Miroslav Volf, founding director of Yale Center for Faith and Culture and author of Allah: A Christian Response “Speaking of Jesus is a beautifully framed rethink on what it means to champion Jesus.”Hugh Halter, author of The Tangible Kingdom and Sacrilege

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781406260
  • Publisher: David C Cook
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 209,347
  • File size: 218 KB

Meet the Author

Carl Medearis is an expert in the field of Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations and the author of the acclaimed book, Muslims, Christians and Jesus. Having lived in Lebanon for twelve years, today Carl works with international leaders to promote cultural, political, and religious dialogue in the Middle East. 

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Table of Contents

Introduction 15

1 What's Missing in This Gospel? 21

2 Unfair Advantage 33

3 Owning Christianity 45

4 In or Out 63

5 What Would Paul Say? 77

6 Speak of Jesus … Not about Jesus 87

7 Our Religion Can Beat Up Your Religion! 97

8 Is It Good News? 107

9 You're Under Arrest … for Speaking Christianese! 119

10 Jesus the Folk Hero 131

11 Confused about Jesus … and That's Okay! 143

12 Gays, Liberals, and Muslims 157

Appendix 179

Notes 185

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Wow.

    What a concept! Looking outside our theologicaal, traditionalist, defensive boxes to simple point to and follow Jesus as He asked. Love. Everybody. No matter what. Which.... is exactly how Jesus approached the religious institution and society of his time. So simple, yet so many don't quite get it. Well done, Medearis, well done.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Challenging and insightful. It's not a read that'll send you awa

    Challenging and insightful. It's not a read that'll send you away feeling happy and wonderful about yourself, but it is a book that will make you think. Carl lives out what he writes about, and he truly loves God and others, and that showed through this. I'm still contemplating and chewing on what I read. Highly recommended.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    YES!

    A life-changing book! Whatever religious label you put on yourself, this is a must-read. It is freeing for Christians and non-Christians alike. Relax and enjoy Jesus. No pressure.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Amazing This is a great read for anyone who is struggling with t

    Amazing
    This is a great read for anyone who is struggling with the concept of Christianity or sharing their faith. The author does a wonderful job on sharing how Christians need to focus on following Jesus instead of getting hung up on different doctrines. Carl Medearis, the author, also dives into many difficult topics such as love, how to react to different religions and how to describe a person’s faith. 
    His main point is to show how Christians can spread the good news just by loving people and not trying to force Christianity down their throat. Carl believes that Christianity has become an ugly word and people need to hear about Jesus and his teachings more. In Speaking of Jesus, Carl changes the way people think about Christianity to focus more on Jesus and how his words inspire some hard thoughts about life in this world. Carl helps the reader recognize if he or she is following Christian culture or the teachings of the Son of God.
    Overall, I believe it to be a great book that keeps the reader engaged and curious. The text brings up some new ideas for some old topics and shows the reader how to respond in different situations by following Jesus. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Wow!

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. Period.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    One of the most eye opening books I have read. Keeps Jesus above all. I will retread again and again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    A truly thought provoking book

    Carl makes you see Jesus truly as He is. Not as someone or something we (humanity) wants him to be.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Jesus over religion

    Great concepts and teaching.Its all about Jesus

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    A MUST READ

    I have read many books on the topic, but none hit me in the gut like this book did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Fantastic!

    Such a solidly Biblical perspective on Life in Christ and making Him known to those around us!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2014

    Challenging book. Shows us ways of thinking out of our comfortab

    Challenging book. Shows us ways of thinking out of our comfortable box & comfort zones. shares his perspective on Christianity, being a Christian, following Jesus & being a follower of Jesus. He shares his experience, insight, wisdom & perspective. Definitely something to think about & questions to ask yourself. I do not want to turn people away from Jesus, so how do I speak of Jesus, how do I share the gospel, the good news? Carl Medearis offers some suggestions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Bless u all

    Jesus and god love us all

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