Can you hear me now?

Can you hear me now?

In my work as a hospice chaplain, I recently had an opportunity to be part of a little act of love. I arrived at a home to visit a 97-year old patient just as her caregiver—her granddaughter-in-law, Sally—was struggling to re-arrange the furniture in the living room to make room for our hospital bed. When I arrived, Sally was on the verge of tears, frustrated because she had been unable to get a straight answer from the VA about what to do with their hospital bed in anticipation of the swap. So, I helped her with that and soon enough we...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–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

On the Radio this Week – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. And I’m Pam Klein. As I braced myself for the last final incline on my short run before church, I noticed a group of dads setting up for some sort of race. They had barricaded off the street and right in the middle at the top of the hill, was a line-up of homemade derby cars. A little girl sat inside each one, waiting for a nudge down while someone at the bottom timed how long it would take them to get to the finish line....Read more …

This summer, make your own mountaintop.

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” John 15:1-4 (NLT) At Q Place, we know that in order to bear fruit for the Kingdom, we...Read more …
Another Q Place?!

Another Q Place?!

In the western suburbs of Chicago, I am getting ready to start a new Q Place! Since I travel and split my time between two homes, it has been a challenge to see how to do this. Impossible? Not for our awesome God. He has put a plan together that takes into account my unique circumstances, and He is enabling it to happen! Here’s how it’s unfolding. My friend Laurie has been praying for specific neighbors and friends to come to know Jesus. Laurie introduced me to Sally, a friend from her church. Sally and I discovered that we have...Read more …
Right in your backyard?

Right in your backyard?

Moving to a new U.S. city, people rarely experience a hearty welcome from their new neighbors. Our new international neighbors may experience even less welcome, but it is in their first months of adjustment that those practicing the 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations can introduce them to a loving God.  In the ancient text of Leviticus 19:33, God urges us to welcome the foreigner. In my city of Bellevue, Washington, I have clearly seen the opportunity to do so!  The Pacific Northwest region is experiencing a new wave of immigration—predominantly Chinese—and I have the privilege of serving these families by welcoming...Read more …
On the Move with the 9 Arts Book!

On the Move with the 9 Arts Book!

With the official launch of the 9 Arts book, Q Place has been on the move! On April 20 and 21 we celebrated the book release in the San Francisco Bay area and in Seattle and had the privilege to share stories, cast vision, and give out copies to those who came! Here are some highlights from Q Place’s time out West: Pastor James B. of Union Church described meaningful encounters he’s had in a Seattle coffee shop. His conclusion? “People want to talk about God if it is safe and they are not judged. They’re willing to come to church too if they sense they will be...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. When it comes to the subject of becoming better listeners, we should all just put down our smartphones. Sherry Turkle writes this in her book, Reclaiming Conversation. “Remember the power of your phone…It’s a psychologically potent device that changes not just what you do but who you are. Don’t automatically walk into every situation with a device in hand: When going to our phones is an option, we find it hard to turn back to each other, even when efficiency or politeness...Read more …
34 Tampa Churches Explore Q Place!

34 Tampa Churches Explore Q Place!

On March 21, Claudia Williams, our National Church Support Leader, and I looked out to more than eighty church leaders on the conference grounds of the Tampa Bay Baptist Association. We had been invited to a Pastors’ Lunch & Learn, a steak dinner event held several Mondays a year for fellowship, networking, and learning about new ministry opportunities. And we were ready to explain the “Why and What” of Q Place! How did Q Place get to Tampa Bay, Florida? The Tampa Bay Baptist Association is committed to helping pastors make disciples who make disciples, wholeheartedly embracing the concept of coming...Read more …