The Bible? I don’t like the Bible!

The Bible? I don’t like the Bible!

This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. And I’m Pam Klein. When my friend Susan casually mentioned the Bible in a conversation, she was met with this response:  “The Bible?! I don’t like the Bible!!” This didn’t rattle Susan. Rather, she was interested in why the woman said what she did. “Can you describe what just went on inside of you when you heard the word ‘Bible’?” Susan’s question seemed to surprise the woman who answered: “When I was young, my uncle used the Bible as power over my family—he was so hateful....Read more …
Have you stopped asking questions?

Have you stopped asking questions?

Kay recalls a time when she was much, much younger. It was late and dark. But my dad kept driving toward our hotel. So while my sisters slept on either side of me in the back seat, and while my mom fought to stay awake up front to keep dad alert, four year-old me stood, my feet straddling the backseat middle floor bump and my hands gripping the front bench seat, talking and talking and talking. Finally, my dad told my mom to just go to sleep—all my chatter would keep him very much awake. I’ll never forget having my...Read more …
What can the Church learn from Sears?

What can the Church learn from Sears?

Sears, Roebuck and Company, the once iconic retail giant, has been almost as synonymous with America as baseball, apple pies, and Chevrolet. Some may argue, based on history, that this has also been the case with Christianity and its expression, the Church. However, in a recent Group Publishing blog post, Rick Chromey, author of a number of church ministry books including Sermons Reimagined, draws a sobering, yet compelling comparison between the demise of Sears and what doesn’t bode so well for the church. Earlier this spring the flailing retailer shockingly announced that it was literally fighting for its life–Humpty Dumpty is very close to falling off the wall. Is the church...Read more …
Making relationships changes the game. On the radio with Q Place’s Walk the Way

Making relationships changes the game. On the radio with Q Place’s Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way. Brought to you by Q Place. I’m Jeff Klein. After spending a whole day with me at one of my workshops, a man in the back raised his hand with excitement. When I called on Burt, he got kind of emotional and said, “I don’t know why, but I feel closer to the people of my church and closer to God than I ever have after practicing these skills all day.” Wow. It’s amazing how building relationships can change our hearts. What do you think would happen if you intentionally built relationships with the people...Read more …
6 Scriptural guides for loving people toward Jesus

6 Scriptural guides for loving people toward Jesus

When it comes to loving people toward Jesus, prayer is not optional. Prayer is the primary way we can shift from relying on our own strength to relying on God’s power in our spiritual engagements. It is the means by which our good efforts can unlock spiritual effectiveness. Loving someone leads to praying for them In his book Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, Richard Foster writes about the practice of intercessory prayer and how it flows first from a spirit of genuine humility and compassion: If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within...Read more …
Planting time!

Planting time!

Can I share something with you that my friend Jodi recently wrote on Facebook? I’m thankful today for another woman (a stranger to me) who moved with the call to imagination and beauty. She poured out her love on this ground. What is now my backyard. And here I am with my little family, years later, enjoying the benefit of that hard and worthy work. What a great reminder to release the temptation for instant gratification and gratitude. I’ll press into the opportunity to leave a beautiful mark on the world and my people just by living into the woman...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. Just recently a friend of ours whispered to me that she was so happy that her brother had finally come to church with her. And I was happy right along with her. This was a big step for him! We also knew it wasn’t the end game. In the movie Evan Almighty, Evan, on his way to his new job at Congress one morning, sees God everywhere: God is sitting in the back seat of his car. God crosses the road in...Read more …
Don’t forget to pray for yourself

Don’t forget to pray for yourself

It is always good–and necessary–to pray for those we are walking alongside in the hope that they’ll get to know Jesus as we do. After all, God is the one–the only one–who will make any seed of faith we have had the privilege of planting or watering in someone else, grow. We’re reminded of this in 1 Corinthians 3:7: “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” But here’s another necessary reminder. If you have a heart to share the gospel, you also need to be praying for yourself. Prayer’s...Read more …
Calling all bench dwellers!

Calling all bench dwellers!

Emily Freeman’s house sits at the top of a cul-de-sac at the end of a street in a neighborhood comprised of young families and empty nesters alike. As you might expect, this big, paved turnaround of her typical American neighborhood became the place for all the kids who lived around it and down its street, to congregate and play. Even the parents would gather in its center, pulling out lawn chairs from their garages and spreading out blankets on the ground to watch them. But then something changed. Benches In her book Simply Tuesday, Emily P. Freeman describes the beautiful thing that happened after two benches ended up in the grassy circle-center of...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. Did you hear about this? It was all over social media. Apparently, there was a father at an airline ticket counter who had planned on flying with his child in his lap. But between the time he had purchased the ticket and the time of their actual flight, the child had turned two. And kids over two need their own seat. But that additional ticket was going to cost about seven hundred and fifty dollars. The man couldn’t do it. He couldn’t afford it. And his...Read more …