Go fish

Go fish

Ruth’s neighbor had been sick for a long time, grew quite reclusive, and had stopped responding to any of Ruth’s neighborly gestures. Ruth had all but given up trying to literally love her neighbor. That was, until one day, when her neighbor reached out to her. In total distress, she called Ruth and explained a pretty serious problem she was experiencing. Ruth’s response was kind and compassionate, and feeling like this was an answer to her own prayers, she was ready to help. As it turned out, this was a pivotal moment in their relationship–Ruth’s neighbor has needed daily help...Read more …
Process or outcomes?

Process or outcomes?

Our entire family watched as much of the Chicago Cubs as we could last summer as they chased after their first World Series victory in 108 years. I doubt that my youngest son, Joseph, even missed one! Baseball is his game—he’s played it (and watched it) for most of his seventeen years. Joseph’s also a man of few words. But when he does choose to speak, he either makes the rest of us laugh or comes out with a real gem. The case for process Like the time he and I were watching one of those history-making games and Joseph...Read more …
How serving together changed two lives

How serving together changed two lives

Amy and her husband were new to their church and, quite frankly, new to life as believers as well. But their church had made serving together–as a way of sharing the good news of the gospel–part of the regular rhythms and expressions of their body. Amy, although a bit hesitant, finally just “did it” and signed up her entire family to participate in one of the service opportunities.  This particular time, the church was serving at a local homeless shelter. The church had established a relationship with the shelter, routinely partnering with them to set up and make the beds, cook, and serve dinner. Amy...Read more …
Do you think you need to have all the big answers?

Do you think you need to have all the big answers?

Here’s a radio-minute that aired nationally this week on Q Place’s Walk the Way: This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. And I’m Pam Klein. Not too long ago there was a pretty funny commercial running for the quiz show Jeopardy. It opened with a kid asking her dad where babies come from. The dad is at a loss for words, and fumbles for an answer. Next, a congressman in front of the press, is asked to explain his spending on travel for the past year. He has no answer. Finally, a wife appears, dressed for a party...Read more …
How did Jesus start a movement?

How did Jesus start a movement?

Jesus clearly had a goal for his three years of ministry on earth: begin the world-shaping movement of the Kingdom of God. Outcomes vs. process If Jesus had focused only on the outcomes of this goal, then he would have surely embraced the lure of the crowds, held daily rallies in various cities throughout the ancient world, and continued performing miracles. We certainly know that Jesus could gather a crowd without even trying! Yet one has to ask this question: Would following that strategy, with its focus on immediacy, have limited Jesus’ impact to the time he was on earth? Years later, would people just have had...Read more …
Too tired?

Too tired?

When God created the world, he built rest into the natural order of things: Wake and sleep. Day and night. Work and Sabbath. Seasons. Festivals. Jubilee. In order for us to be everything we’re intended to be, God knew we’d need regularly scheduled times of rest. So he built them in for us. Then, in fact, he commanded us to keep them! How’s that going for you? Somehow, it has become a badge of honor NOT to rest, lest anyone of us be considered undedicated or less than hard working. Rest, relaxation, and time for restoration have become almost synonymous with laziness. Busyness today...Read more …
Rest for the battle

Rest for the battle

Here’s a radio-minute that aired nationally this week on Q Place’s Walk the Way: This is Walk the Way. Brought to you by Q Place. I’m Jeff Klein. Many Christians today would probably say that living as a believer—especially as one who is trying to make an impact on the world around them—is a battle. In this battle of cosmic proportions, you can take a number of different postures: You can take matters into your own hands and go pick a fight. You can run and hide in your church or your Christian “bubble.” You can give up and live like everybody else....Read more …
Simple instructions for the everyday evangelist

Simple instructions for the everyday evangelist

It’s widely believed that Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians in 62 A.D., during his imprisonment in Rome (around the same time he wrote his epistles to the Ephesians and Philippians). The letter itself is very “evangelistic” in tone, calling the believers in Colosse back to Jesus and Jesus alone. Andy Rau, Senior manager of content for Bible Gateway, describes it this way: In the decades following Christ’s ministry, death, and resurrection, Christianity wasn’t the only religion competing for people’s hearts and minds. Pagan cults and philosophies were firmly entrenched throughout the ancient Mediterranean world. It’s understandable that early Christians—many of whom...Read more …
Have you considered this one important question?

Have you considered this one important question?

The twice-tolling clock, the Count explained, had been commissioned by his father from the venerable firm of Breguet. Establishing their shop in Paris in 1775, the Breguets were quickly known the world over not only for the precision of their chronometers (that is, the accuracy of their clocks), but for the elaborate means by which their clocks could signal the passage of time. They had clocks that played a few measures of Mozart at the end of the hour. They had clocks that chimed not only at the hour but at the half and the quarter. They had clocks that...Read more …
A fruitful yield

A fruitful yield

Here’s a radio-minute that aired nationally this week on Q Place’s Walk the Way: This Walk the Way. Brought to you by Q Place. I’m Jeff Klein When I was younger, I learned this little poem with hand motions to match – maybe you did, too: this is the church, this is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people! But I never taught it to my own kids. How did we come to believe that the measuring stick for the fruitfulness of the church was based on see my steeple? See all the people sitting inside? We need new yardsticks!...Read more …