Microwaves vs. crock-pots

Microwaves vs. crock-pots

As I travel, speaking to churches to help them become better at making disciples who make disciples, I’ve discovered something consistent: We really don’t know how to move in a way that starts small, grows slowly, and builds deep. And regarding discipleship, for the most part I find that churches are so “into” their weekend worship experiences and big events that they rarely get around to encouraging the simplicity and intentionality of people walking alongside people. But isn’t that actually what Jesus did? Now, I’m not down on weekend worship or great events, but alone, they will simply not create disciples who...Read more …
Something all of us can offer

Something all of us can offer

Be good to each other. Today on my subway ride into work, a man burst through the doors connecting the trains and announced “This is it–I’m going to end it!” and exited as quickly as he came in. I looked to the door, and through the window, I could see him climbing the chains connecting the cars. I screamed, “He’s going to Jump!” I ran to the doors, pulled them open and grabbed on to the back of his shirt, “Don’t do this,” I pleaded, “You can’t do this.” I pulled on his white t-shirt and got him to come...Read more …
After Charlottesville: the WHOLE Gospel

After Charlottesville: the WHOLE Gospel

This Facebook post of Christ-follower, husband, father, pastor, humanitarian, activist, and author of Overrated, Eugene Cho, was shared over 3,000 times in the wake of the horror in Charlottesville that occurred over the weekend: Charlottesville. So heartbreaking and infuriating. We weep and mourn over the hatred in the hearts of these white nationalists. We weep and mourn but we can’t give up . . .  . . . I’m reminded of the utter importance of showing up. I’m grateful for the news media, law enforcement, clergy, and peaceful protesters that are currently there to report, protect, pray, and protest. And this is...Read more …
Why are they doing THIS?

Why are they doing THIS?

Tommy  When Tommy and Emily got married, they decided that they wanted to wash each other’s feet during their ceremony. They had plenty of reasons for wanting to do so, but this one was at the top of their list: Tommy’s extended family would all be there to celebrate with them, but they were not believers—Tommy and Emily wanted them to see what serving one another actually looked like. After the wedding, Tommy shared that as much as his focus was on his beautiful bride during their entire service, he couldn’t help but hear the grunts and throat-clearing of his grandmother in...Read more …
What if we started with prayer?

What if we started with prayer?

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. When it comes to sharing our faith and reaching out to the people in our lives who don’t know Jesus like we do, often the Church’s default is to try to figure out our next program or event that we hope will “crack the code” and get people into our buildings where they will hear the gospel. I wonder if we get ahead of ourselves. What if we began with prayer? What if you and...Read more …
Could your church actually become a life-saving station?

Could your church actually become a life-saving station?

In 1953, the Rev. Dr. Theodore O. Wedel, a canon of the National Cathedral and one-time President of the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church, wrote the following parable. Though written over 60 years ago, is it possible that there is even more truth in it today? On a dangerous sea coast where shipwrecks often occur, there was once a crude little life-saving station. The building was just a hut, and there was only one boat, but the few devoted members kept a constant watch over the sea, and with no thought for themselves, went out day and night tirelessly searching...Read more …
More thoughts on creating a missional culture in your church

More thoughts on creating a missional culture in your church

Earlier this summer, On Q published a blog that took a look at the important first step in creating a missional culture in any church: face the facts. Although it can be hard to take an honest look at your church’s missional culture, there’s a very good chance that doing so will be the key to jumpstarting important changes and shifts in your church’s mindset and ministry. The first step in building a missional culture in any church is to be strong and courageous—you must set aside the fear of being honest with yourself and your congregation. Soon after that, we looked at another step that any church could take in order to...Read more …
Be like Ben

Be like Ben

 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. A friend of mine recently informed me that Benjamin Franklin was known for his rather brilliant way of handling dicey discussions. Franklin made a habit of not disagreeing with people–even if he didn’t see eye-to-eye with them–right off the bat. Listen to Franklin’s own words: When another asserted something that I thought an error, I denied myself the pleasure of contradicting him abruptly, and of showing him immediately some absurdity in his proposition…. I soon...Read more …