Heart Condition

9 Living Christians I’d Like to Interview

Part I – The First Three : Beth Moore, Francis Chan, Gabe Lyons

Beth Moore is a river guide taking you on a whitewater rafting journey with endless class six rapids. You laugh one minute, cry the next, and hold your heart the entire way knowing full well that God is the River, and even if she throws you overboard, you’ve landed in a safe place.

A couple of years after I became a Christian, I took my first Bible study. It was Beth Moore’s The Inheritance. I didn’t begin to understood God’s sacrifice, grace and mercy until I participated in that study. I am so thankful to her for being open to the Spirit, for writing it and for guiding my heart through it so beautifully.

Questions I’d like to ask her:

  1. How do you remember, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute, that Jesus walks with you, and to stop and thank and praise him throughout the day?
  2. How do you discern the Spirit’s agenda in your writing apart from your own?
  3. What is your next study going to be?

Francis Chan comes out of the darkness like a slow, gentle path through a freshly lit spring meadow at dawn. As you walk with him, you realize the path, while gentle, has been a steady climb, firm and deliberate, leading all along to the narrow gate.

After reading Crazy Love the first time, I began to get a clearer idea of Christian discipleship. Francis Chan helped put me on the road of seeking out God’s will and where I might fit into it. At the end of his book, he asks the question, “How will you answer the King when He says, ‘What did you do with what I gave you?’” Acknowledging and acting upon task He placed before me to build His Kingdom is both compelling and imperative upon my heart.

Questions I’d like to ask him:

  1. How do you manage to stand quietly steadfast in a world of distractions?
  2. You are a role model for many people; who has served as a role model for you,  embodying crazy love for God in ways you would call true discipleship?
  3. What are some ways you think “church” might look differently and work more effectively to build God’s kingdom?

Gabe Lyons is a drink of clean, clear water in a wilderness of dead branches and dry fruit. Encouraging engagement and creativity instead of criticism and control, he envisions Christianity for this generation as the light it was meant to be. His systemic approach is fundamentally different than the approach of the Pat Robertson / Jerry Falwell era. It is an approach of engagement rather than separation, of love rather than condemnation, of following Jesus rather than personal or political agendas.

When I first heard about Gabe Lyons, I listened to his videos, read his blogs and immediately ordered his book, The Next Christians: Seven Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World. He restores my hope and my heart in the way Christians can interact with all the citizens of America.

Questions I’d like to ask him:

  1. How are you reaching out to Christians in their 20s and 30s, why will your message resonate with them…and is this just for the younger generation of Christians?
  2. What are some ways we can overcome hatred, bullying and exclusion in the public arena (politics, entertainment, social media)?
  3. If you could embrace any high-profile Christian leader, and open his or her heart to your approach, who would it be and why?

Next time: Dahoud Nasser, Tim Keller, Phyllis Tickle

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