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 …
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 …
I see you.

I see you.

I recently watched the movie Avatar again with my family. You remember the story of Jake Sully—he’s a disabled ex-marine assigned to duty on beautiful Pandora, a planet full of exotic nature-loving natives called Avatars. Jake’s assignment is unusual; although he is paralyzed and no longer able to use his lower extremities, he will become one of the Avatars with the aid of scientific technology and “take over” the able-bodied body of an Avatar native. This way, he can better build relationships, win the creatures over, and complete his mission. Along the way, he meets Neytiri, who’s assigned to Jake by the tribal...Read more …
Recommended for your bookshelf or Kindle!

Recommended for your bookshelf or Kindle!

“Noticing is a prerequisite to caring about others and serving them in tangible ways that smuggle the Gospel into their hearts.” ~ Doug Pollock “If we want to live in grace, we must develop eyes that see. We must learn what might be called the discipline of noticing. To notice something–to truly pay attention–is a powerful thing….The practice of noticing is a skill. It involves learning to pay attention to gifts we have otherwise taken for granted….They are precious gifts. And what’s even more amazing is that their Giver is lovingly present with you even as you are experiencing them.”...Read more …
On the radio this week–Walk the Way

On the radio this week–Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way. Brought to you by Q Place. I’m Jeff Klein. Have you ever wondered why you live where you live? Did you ever wonder if there was a bigger reason that you live where you do, next to the people do? Did you ever think that God might have a larger purpose for putting you there? I have a friend in the inner city of Chicago who says “God–He don’t make no mistakes.” Acts 17 pretty much tells us the same thing when it comes to where each one of us live. What does knowing and believing...Read more …
Aha! Where can you end up if you follow a trail of curiosity?

Aha! Where can you end up if you follow a trail of curiosity?

For a bit of time in 2015, Robert Krulwich and Aatish Bhatia authored a blog called “Noticing,” saying that it was for folks who “like to look around. Who can’t not. Who find it hard to get anywhere on time because there’s always something—an oddly behaving raindrop (is it going up? How can it go up?)—that we can’t not notice, not puzzle over.” They called themselves badly over-puzzled. Hmmmm…Woah! Huh? Aha! Their notion was that observation and curiosities—those little things that “catch the eye”—can put us in a state of  They invited every reader to join them on a journey “to...Read more …
Defining “neighbor”

Defining “neighbor”

Most likely most of us are more-than-familiar with the following little exchange that occurred between Jesus and another man. The other guy has been referred to as an expert in religious law, a lawyer, as well as an authority of the law, among other things. Their conversation is recorded in the Gospel of Luke 10:25-28: One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” The man answered, “‘You must love the...Read more …
On the Radio this Week – Walk the Way

On the Radio this Week – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. Our friend, Charlie, talks about being a dorm parent in a school in Venezuela many years ago. He was driving a 7-passenger van full of students back into the town where the school was located. A storm had just passed through and Charlie noticed a branch that had blown down, blocking the sidewalk. At the same time, he also noticed a blind man walking down that sidewalk unaware of the fallen limb. Charlie immediately stopped, helped the man around the obstacle and returned to the van,...Read more …
Just slow it down.

Just slow it down.

I have been gobbling up Kent Annan’s new book Slow Kingdom Coming this summer, especially his thoughts on paying attention and how that practice is so closely linked to slowing down. Did you know scientific studies show that our brains pay better attention if—even just three times a day—we slow down to meditate for five minutes? Certainly, as Kent writes, spiritual disciplines—like those in Richard Foster’s work, Celebration of Discipline—help to cultivate attention. Kent provides his own anecdotal evidence based on the time he decided to intentionally practice slowing down, retreating at a Benedictine monastery and pausing throughout the day for times...Read more …