Do you need to step back?

Do you need to step back?

When I read Linda Chontos’ story about a 1,000-piece puzzle she assembled recently, I found myself resonating with her self-proclaimed obsession: GET.IT.DONE. Linda and her husband found that, instead of getting easier as the pieces of the puzzle diminished, the puzzle became harder. No matter what she did—rotate, flip, try again—certain pieces just seemed not to belong. But they were in the box! So surely they had to go somewhere! Have you ever wanted to GET.IT.DONE for God? Linda said, “There have been times in my life when I thought I knew the way things were supposed to work out....Read more …
Too busy?

Too busy?

It’s true. Being productive often means being busy. And for most intentional people, the word “busy” is probably a correct description of their lives. But unfortunately, for too many of us, the typical answer to the typical “How are you?” question has been replaced with “Too busy,” “Buried,” or “Swamped.” Pastor Kevin DeYoung of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI, calls it “Crazy Busy” and wrote a “mercifully short book” (with that phrase in its subtitle) about this “really big problem.” And it is. A really big problem for all of us. How can we equip others (or ourselves) to notice,...Read more …
Identifying the Biggest Threat to a Successful Group

Identifying the Biggest Threat to a Successful Group

When I first joined Theology Pub, I did it to be edgy. I was launching a new church that I hoped would attract all the skeptical, hipster twenty-somethings. And I hoped Theology Pub might be a doorway into that world. It wasn’t. But, it turned out to be much more interesting than that. Theology Pub is basically a Q Place that meets in a pub, made up of folks with an interest in God-stuff and a membership in a web service called meetup.com. At first, I was just an attender. I showed up for the fireworks. It was thrilling to...Read more …
On the Radio–Today on Walk the Way

On the Radio–Today on Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. Titus 2:10 finishes with these words: …so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive. Here, Paul is talking about those who call themselves followers of Jesus and how their lives are supposed to make the Gospel attractive. This got me thinking about mine. Did my baseball coaching this summer make the Gospel attractive to everyone at the games? Does my parenting reflect the love of God my Savior? What would someone conclude about my God watching me interact with...Read more …

On the radio this week – Walk the Way

Inspired, blessed or challenged by Q Place’s Walk the Way radio minute? Ask your local Christian radio station to add Walk the Way to their program line-up! And make sure to check out the Walk the Way Facebook page. You can join the community there for daily, vibrant spiritual conversations. We hope you’ll catch Q Place…on the radio!Read more …

Being Normal

Just this week, Q Place President, Mary Schaller, and former Q Place National Field Director, John Crilly, had a blast talking with host Steve Brown on his program, Key Life, about the 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations. The shared passion of Key Life and Q Place is obvious: the radical grace of Jesus changes how we love and evangelize! Steve Brown wholeheartedly believes that when any one of us experiences the freedom and joy that comes from realizing that “God’s not mad at us,” it’s just plain normal to want to share it! But Steve was especially jazzed with Mary and...Read more …
Ready for a night out?

Ready for a night out?

Summer is the perfect opportunity to jumpstart a connection revival in our neighborhoods. Two years ago, I began being intentional about reaching out and getting to know those who lived around me and discovered that organizing one thing each summer month helped to get things rolling and enhance connections with my neighbors. Can you imagine? Some of them I met for the very first time even though we had lived down the street from one another for as many as 14 years! I bet you can relate. We are living increasingly isolated lives. But even the smallest effort to move...Read more …

On the radio this week – Walk the Way

Inspired, blessed or challenged by Q Place’s Walk the Way radio minute? Ask your local Christian radio station to add Walk the Way to their program line-up! And make sure to check out the Walk the Way Facebook page. You can join the community there for daily, vibrant spiritual conversations. We hope you’ll catch Q Place…on the radio!Read more …
Summertime! Get to know your neighbors!

Summertime! Get to know your neighbors!

What do you think Jesus meant when He said, “Love your neighbor as yourself?” Why not find out by getting to know yours better this summer!  One way to do this is by hosting (or co-hosting with another neighbor) a neighborhood cookout, BBQ or summer fresh dessert night! Here are some tips for your event: If a cookout doesn’t work where you live, make the party or dessert a potluck–everyone will enjoy contributing by bringing something to share. When your guests arrive, give them large nametags. Have them write their name in the center. Then in the four corners, ask them to...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. And I’m Pam Klein. Tonight, Chicago will have a new, New Year’s Eve experience that, they say, will rival the one in Times Square. I have to admit I’m a skeptical. And maybe a wee bit biased. I grew up just on the other side of the Hudson in New Jersey. You’re going have to convince me. The plans are big: It’s going to be along the Chicago River, with three stages for music, and a midnight countdown featuring a giant star rising into the sky,...Read more …