What one thing matters most in evangelism?

What one thing matters most in evangelism?

American ingenuity and its accompanying, vigorous spirit of entrepreneurialism are both very empowering notions. But it’s interesting when the church—or the Christian—attempts to apply some of these same clear business principles to our ministry, missional, and evangelism efforts. Although there is absolutely nothing inherently wrong with working hard, setting goals, and strategizing to systematically achieve even our spiritual goals, functioning this way can cause us to think we have a measure of control that we actually don’t. We exist in what appears to be a somewhat manageable and apparent visible world, but we need to look again. Our mistakes Priscilla Shirer writes this...Read more …
The incredible beauty of noticing

The incredible beauty of noticing

One morning Majora Carter went out for her daily run across the South Bronx in New York City. The backdrop? Dumpsites. One after another. Maybe it was the smell of all that good, decaying refuse that made Majora’s dog pull her toward the Bronx River. Most likely it was. Nonetheless, before she knew it, she was walking gingerly behind her dog who was leading her—straining and sniffing forward—through weeds and scattered piles of garbage. The two ended up near the river’s shore, right at the site of a massive city dump. When Majora finally looked up, she saw it: Garbage upon more garbage,...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way. I’m Jeff Klein. No one wants me doing our household’s big food shopping, but I do stop at the market pretty often to pick up this or that on my way home from work. On one of those recent errands, as I parked my car, I noticed the roof rack of the car next to mine was packed full of stuff. So was its back seat. Then I realized that the car was still running. There was a lady at the wheel, surrounded by more stuff, eating what appeared to be her dinner. Did God...Read more …
THIS is the new, needed perspective on evangelism

THIS is the new, needed perspective on evangelism

It’s just hard to deny. We like the big stuff! The grandiose Olympic opening ceremony; the glamorous, opulent wedding of our favorite royal or celebrity; the nail-biting, Game 7, Cubs-clinching 2016 MLB World Series. (Okay. Let’s face it. That was fantastic!) We eat it up. BIG! And, we carry this perspective into our thoughts about evangelism. We like the big outreach event, the dramatic conversion, the closing deal with the all-important sinner’s prayer. The little stuff? It just doesn’t seem to matter as much to us. However, in order to share the good news about Jesus intentionally today, we need to...Read more …
One word for the New Year

One word for the New Year

I ran in the rain at noon on New Years Day. This marks my 7th #run in 7 days. I have never exercised in any capacity 7 days in a row. Now I feel lots of pressure, like I do every New Years Day: Run every day for a month! Run every day for a year! Write every day! Never yell again! Never cheat on gluten and dairy! Call gramma every week! There are so many ways I could improve my body, mind, spirit, and relationships. I hope this year I’ll practice “gentle” discipline in all these areas. Allowing that...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 a new year and, as I often do at this time, I’m taking stock of many things and mulling them over. Among them, what it looks like for me, personally, to walk the way of Jesus. And Jesus’ words to the Pharisees found in Matthew come to mind: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Most of us could...Read more …
Let us help you with your New Year’s resolution!

Let us help you with your New Year’s resolution!

When it comes to being healthy, WebMD, the popular site for health information, says that we really ought to give all our New Year’s resolutions a rest and, instead, set more realistic goals that are not limited to a “once-a-year, do-or-die, all-out assault on that Everest of debt, those flabby thighs, or the hideous wallpaper you keep meaning to replace….'” If we do, the blog continues, “we may actually find that the finish line isn’t so far away after all.” What finish line are you after? According to USA.gov, the nation’s official Web portal, Americans commonly resolve every January to: Lose weight Manage...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way. I’m Jeff Klein. The account in Mark about Jesus calling His first disciples is an interesting one. Some of the men were actually still fishing when Jesus came along the shore and called out, come follow me. But amazingly, they dropped their nets. The ancient language implies this action was a surrendering of all claim to their vocation. They fully followed. But what I find interesting is what Jesus says will be the result of that following. I will make you fishers of men and women. Following Jesus yields something very unexpected. You won’t necessarily...Read more …
What is the rest of the story?

What is the rest of the story?

“Hello Americans, this Is Paul Harvey…” With those words, everyday, news legend Paul Harvey told the nation another true story. The catch? Every one of his stories had an element of surprise–the “twist” was saved for the end. Mr. Harvey would share it, America would be enthralled, and he’d sign off with his famous, “And now you know…the rest of the story.” So with a nod to Paul Harvey: Hello Americans. In the beginning, God created everything. And it was good. Very good. But then an enemy came and fractured goodnesses’ connection with its Maker. Our souls were wounded, our relationships broken, and...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way, I’m Jeff Klein. What are you looking for this Christmas? One of my Christmas traditions is watching Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation. Clark Griswold wants the perfect Christmas and is on a quest for its ever elusive Spirit. Clark will not settle for anything but the perfect Christmas tree. He spends his entire Christmas bonus on his family and strings thousands of lights on his house. He sets a place for every crazy relative around the Christmas table—all because of Christmas. I can relate to Clark. If this Christmas is anything like last year, I’ll search...Read more …