Today, Tom and Gavin discuss hospitality and its impact on people. Hospitality – serving others – is not easy. It can be hard work and frankly, not many people know how to do it well. It seems to be a dying art in our modern culture. But if practiced consistently, hospitality can bring people closer to each other and to God. As followers of Christ, we would do well to rethink the importance of hospitality to our Christian witness. Thanks for liking and subscribing and sharing! Comments also are always welcome! Also available in audio only: Spotify link: https://tinyurl.com/msmwe4n6 Apple… Read More »Hospitality and Simple Church
Tom Lecompte and I have started a new free podcast. It is live now on iTunes at the links below. Our hope is that we can encourage those searching for life with Christ outside traditional church structures through this audio format. We are starting with some of the basic questions and sharing our stories about the journey God has us on. If you are an audio person, perhaps it will be a blessing to you as you work out what it means to follow Jesus and be apart of His family in our day. Please email us any feedback or… Read More »Keep It Simple Podcast Now Available!
Check out the video below and hear Lecrae echo our plea to end the sacred/secular divide and truly embrace the “priesthood of all believers” (I have actually used the “JV” analogy he uses in the talk many times to address this issue. It is always amazing to see how God puts the same ideas, even same words, in the hearts of people from different places and different backgrounds.) and call believers to live as missionaries within their given cultural context. I am convinced that the number one challenge for existing simple/house/organic churches is to continue heeding this call. Failure to… Read More »Lecrae on Engaging Culture (Video & Free Album)
Hello friends! I’m still pumped from the 2013 Simple Church Conference and our first ever local church leaders breakfast! It was really wonderful to have Neil Cole with us and I can’t say enough how much I appreciate his example of genuine servant leadership and teaching about Jesus. If you missed the conference then we have good news! Below is a link to our conference page and we have uploaded all the talks and testimonies as well as a few of the video illustrations that he used. You can stream or download the entire conference! http://simplechurchalliance.faclex.com/simplechurchconference2013/ Also, the second Wednesday… Read More »2013 Simple Church Conference Audio Available!
Most of my life I have enjoyed satire. Satire will often seek to approve of or accept as normal ideas that the satirist is actually seeking to attack. Such is the case in this goofy song that applies attractional, hierarchical, personality driven, pulpit centered, church growth, clergy/laity ideas to simple/house/organic church ministry.
Colossians 3:16 Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. Does the word of Christ dwell richly in you? This was the question I posed to those attending the Summer Celebration Gathering a few weeks ago. For simple church to work, the bar for discipleship truly has to be raised. We cannot simply lower the bar for having church gatherings. Everyone has to be disciples and making disciples simultaneously. I’ve thought about this… Read More »The Word of Christ
This past Sunday I had the privileged to speak during both services at First Alliance (Lexington, KY). The message I shared was in many ways a summary of the main truths that God has shown me so far in the simple church journey. Click the link below to download to your computer or listen online to the message. The audio quality is not the best but hopefully it will be a blessing to you… Click to Download: Mission Possible: Six Truths That Will Make the Mission Possible Message Points: 1. It’s Mission Not Missions 2. God Desires To Release the… Read More »Mission Possible? (Audio)
I would encourage you to take a listen to some of these short audio teachings from Neil Cole. You can listen to them on your computer or download them to your ipod, etc. I think you will especially find the entry on “Starting Awakening Chapels” (4:50) to be of interest in light of the journey we are on here. VISIT AUDIO PAGE AT CMA RESOURCES HERE