Let us encourage you

Let us encourage you

In his book Crazy Love, author Francis Chan helps us understand what counts as good news: “God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love.” A pretty clear mandate Yes, our mandate from Jesus in Matthew 22:36-39 is clear: Love God, love people. Could it be that simple? “We may have complicated evangelism by separating the Great Commandment from the Great Commission. Loving God and loving others is the foundation of the Great Commission.” (The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations, ©2016, Tyndale) How to start Love is where evangelism begins. To make disciples of...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way. I’m Jeff Klein. It’s been a while now, but I am still basking in the glow of the Cubs’ first World Series Championship in my lifetime. And I’m reflecting on how they got there. Specifically, the unorthodox leadership style of manager, Joe Maddon. Baseball is a game full of tradition, full of people who do it the “way it’s always been done.” But Maddon refused and, instead, used different metrics, focused on the process, and tried ideas that seemed counterintuitive to most baseball insiders. But hey, baby, what do you think now?! Yes. Maddon uses...Read more …
Understanding why Muslims turn to Jesus can help you share the gospel

Understanding why Muslims turn to Jesus can help you share the gospel

Why Muslims turn to Jesus Between 1991 and 2007, Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies conducted a survey among 750 Muslims who had converted to Christianity. Participants were from 30 countries, representing 50 ethnic groups. Here are some of the respondents’ most-cited reasons for converting to the Christian faith: A loving lifestyle Former Muslims credited the love that Christians demonstrated in their relationships with non-Christians and their treatment of women as equals. The undeniable power of God Many Muslims reported that God had used visions and dreams to influence their decisions to convert. After professing Christ, an increase in experiencing...Read more …
Pastors: This book will help you decrease the “Sunday-Monday Gap”

Pastors: This book will help you decrease the “Sunday-Monday Gap”

During his 21 years as a church planter and pastor, Larry Peabody’s uneasiness increased as he witnessed the gap between what most of us know as “church” and how the New Testament depicts and describes its actual beginning. Peabody’s concern came into even sharper focus as he started to realize that another gap exists between the practices of most churches on Sundays and the need to equip believers for their daily work of loving others.  All of this prompted Peabody to begin research for his new book, Curing Sunday Spectatoritis, in which he investigates the implications of what was, at the time, Jesus’...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way, I’m Jeff Klein. And I’m Pam Klein. When 2 single moms from our church needed affordable housing but literally nothing was available after months of searching, God provided a miracle: Landlord John permitted both gals to sign leases in two of his units at rents they could afford. WOW! In exchange, all he requested was that our church would collectively assume the responsibility for regular maintenance issues like lawn mowing, leaf raking and snow shoveling. He lives out of town and this stuff is hard to manage long distance. We, of course, obliged. When we...Read more …
Advent

Advent

❝Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.❞ (1 John 4:7-9) _________________ A few years ago I was given the book Loving Jesus More by Dr. Phil Ryken, President of Wheaton College. The title intrigued me, and I moved it to the top of my growing...Read more …
Practicing Evangelism

Practicing Evangelism

In a recent Christianity Today article. Pastor and author Joshua Ryan Butler spoke with Mark Teasdale about his book Evangelism for Non-Evangelists: Sharing the Gospel Authentically (IVP Academic). Teasdale, a professor at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (a Methodist school on the campus of Northwestern University), teaches a required evangelism course to students who are often wary, if not opposed outright, to the very idea that evangelism is valuable. They are not alone. But of particular interest is Teasdale’s response to CT’s last question, a question about the idea of practicing evangelism: How do we practice evangelism so that our appeals will be...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way, I’m Jeff Klein. And I’m Pam Klein. Martin Luther, the great leader of the Protestant Reformation, once said this: While I drink my little glass of Wittenberg beer, the gospel runs its course. And Presbyterian Pastor Charles Henderson’s insights regarding Luther’s statement are pretty great reminders: On occasion Luther could take respite from all the activity of reforming the great medieval church, knowing that God is the ultimate arbiter of our destiny. No—we are not slaves to the news of this hour; we are rather servants of God who created this world and everything in...Read more …

The On-Ramp for Spiritual Conversations

The other day after playing hockey at lunch, a discussion broke out about what I “really” do. I’ve been playing ball hockey with these guys a couple times a week for years now—they know I’m a pastor and that I consult with churches—but something about our conversation on this particular day made them ask, “What do you really do? So I gave them the straight up answer: I work for a ministry that empowers the church as well as individuals to have meaningful spiritual conversations with those who may believe differently than they do. They were puzzled and said, “Like...Read more …
Hospitality – Getting Out of Our Own Way

Hospitality – Getting Out of Our Own Way

Sociology is basically the study of how humans relate to other humans. Of course, humans have developed many hundreds if not thousands of unique cultures, so picking one way to relate to everyone isn’t that plausible, EXCEPT when it comes to food. I’m not sure if we realize that the gospel of the Kingdom of God is a culture in and of itself. The reason Jesus was so excited about sharing the Good News (gospel) was because it told the story that the way things are in God’s original created order can be visible here, now. This is why Jesus...Read more …