• Racial Reconciliation: Jesus Style, Black and White Fist Pump

    Racial Reconciliation: Jesus Style

    In this episode of The Faith Revolution Podcast, Kirk and Jenn discuss the difficult topic of race relations, a complex issue which Jesus solved with six practical steps.   References (Click Link) The Woman at the Well Racial Reconciliation: Jesus Styleby Kirk Walden For Christians, the story of The Woman at the Well is a favorite because it highlights Jesus’ response of love and respect to someone many might overlook or dismiss. In the story of the Woman at the Well, Jesus did not dwell on this woman’s past. We don’t dwell on pasts, either. Jesus offered her hope. We do the same. But Jesus did something else which is…

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    Serve Anyway: 7 Tips for Avoiding Ministry Burnout

    In this episode, Kirk and Jenn discuss tips for overcoming ministry burnout. This podcast is for those who serve, whether in a ministry or a non-profit (business leaders might find this helpful, too). Our Starting Point for This Episode Entering this discussion, Kirk and Jenn considered the following regarding ministry burnout . . . Circumstances that cause those in ministry to become jaded and experience burnout. Practical tips for avoiding ministry burnout when serving becomes hard.   To Consider Are you currently feeling worn out in your ministry or non-profit?   How is this potentially affecting those you serve? Can you pinpoint sources of your burnout? What role do expectations play…

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  • Faith Revolution Compass

    From Skeptic to Follower

    In this episode of the Faith Revolution Podcast, Kirk and Jenn discuss the simple journey of how Kirk went from skeptic to follower.   Our Starting Point for This Episode Entering this discussion, Kirk and Jenn considered the following . . . Kirk’s personal story of becoming a follower of Jesus How Kirk’s story differs widely from a typical evangelical progression of faith   To Consider What are your perceptions of what it takes to become a follower of Jesus?   Are there obstacles you personally experienced or observed in others when it comes to simply following? Did it feel simple or complicated? What are your own takeaways?   References (Click…

  • Faith Revolution Podcast, What is Faith? Man and Mountain

    What is Faith?

    Welcome to the Faith Revolution Podcast with Kirk and Jenn Walden. It’s great to have you with us. In this episode, we are considering the seemingly simple task of asking the question… What is faith?  We challenged ourselves with some new and simple perspectives on faith during this morning coffee discussion. Getting Started As we entered this discussion, Jenn and I considered the following. . . How is faith defined by most Christians? How have we personally defined faith and how would we express the concept to others? In considering the meaning of Immanuel (God is with us)**, how do both the name and life of Jesus form the foundation…

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    Rethinking Faith

    Rethinking Faith Whenever I say, “Rethinking,” I want people to wonder and ask questions. Just for the record however, Rethinking Faith is not to discard faith, as some former Christian leaders are doing today. No, Rethinking Faith is not to dismiss faith. But it is about asking hard questions, unafraid of the answers we might find. Here’s a thought: We can do a quick Google search and find web sites, blogs, podcasts and more on what it means to be a faithful follower of Christ. And, in our churches and small groups we have access to studies and classes on growing our faith. Wonderful, right? Yes. But the question: Why…

  • White and Yellow Arrows

    Rethinking Leadership

    I never planned to be a leader. It never crossed my mind. And now, I’m writing about Rethinking Leadership. My path to this point is surprising, and unlikely—much like my life. Here’s the story:  I was 28 years old, embarking on my fourth “career.” My first—just out of college–was professional golf. Over the course of my one year attempting to qualify for the PGA Tour, I made so much money I had a choice: I could keep playing and go broke, or find a job that would pay bills. I chose the latter. My second job was selling advertising for a local newspaper. I was mildly successful, and they wanted…

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    Rethinking Church

    The idea of, “Rethinking Church” may sound ominous. I get it. There will be questions. “Is this about quitting church?” “Is he going to be that guy to tell us we’re doing ‘church’ all wrong? The answers? “No, and no.” Rethinking Church is not about walking away from the idea of church. Nor is it about telling everyone the “right” way to do church. I’m not that smart, anyway. But let’s keep this real. If today’s church is going to somehow maintain its relevancy and influence our culture, it’s time for challenging questions and honest answers. It All Started with Coffee For me, the questions began during what was supposed…

  • Author Kirk Walden Rethinking Leadership

    Fourteen Words

    It was just another day in high school English class, that much I remember. I had no idea two sentences would shift the course of my entire life. Two sentences. Fourteen words. Sitting toward the back of the classroom, I was likely bored. Hardly an academic, my thoughts were focused elsewhere, I’m sure of it. Probably, I was thinking about heading to the golf course at the end of the school day, where I believed my future would be. As a high school kid, I was convinced my future occupation would be “professional golfer.” Since the age of 10, I dedicated nearly every day to practicing, playing, traveling to tournaments…

  • Kirk Walden Rethinking Evangelism with the Article Showing Up

    Showing Up

    Recently, I became a grandfather. So far, I’m good at this gig. I haven’t dropped my grandson, a win for little Henry. And, I haven’t yet changed a diaper, a win for me.   Showing up for the birth of this little guy proved a lesson for us all. Our daughter Laura was induced early, because of issues too complicated for me to understand or explain. Henry would be fine, we were told. This was just a precaution. The good news? We had a set date for baby. This was going to be simple. As we prepared, Jenn and I gave our two youngest boys (ages 11 & 9) an option.…

  • A Lesson in Baseball and Rethinking Church

    The God of Base Hits

    The other day at one of my son’s 8-And-Under baseball games, our team was absent our scorekeeper so I was tossed the book to keep up with what is always a myriad of hits, baseballs being thrown all over the diamond, and more than a few runs. The coaches pitch and while some kids have a difficult time hitting the ball, whenever the bat connects, chaos usually ensues. A ground ball making it to the outfield often rolls through someone’s legs; followed by a wild throw, a frenetic attempt to pick up the ball and sling it where a base runner might be, then more chasing and running the bases.…