Gavin Duerson

Support Simple Church Alliance

Friends, I cannot thank you enough for supporting our family and the ministry of simple church.  A gift to Simple Church Alliance allows me to serve in the role I do and it has enabled me to navigate a very tumultuous time for our family these past two years as we have been in and out of the hospital with Wylie. Thanks to all who have supported us in this special way.  We are eternally grateful. The past year has been a challenging but wonderful year and we could not be more grateful to still be here after ten years… Read More »Support Simple Church Alliance

Keep It Simple Podcast #125 – A Long Overdue Update

Hello Friends! Tom and I are rebooting the podcast and will be giving YouTube a try in addition to Apple Podcasts and Stitcher (hopefully Spotify soon as well). We started this podcast many years ago as an excuse for Tom and I to get together and discuss issues that we were encountering through simple church. Surprisingly, several of you have followed along and shared with us how this has encouraged you in your journey. We even have made some friends a long the way because of these discussions! I do look forward to this new season of the podcast and… Read More »Keep It Simple Podcast #125 – A Long Overdue Update

A Note From Gavin 12.3.20

So one of my all-time favorite posts here on this blog is this one because it makes light of the obvious guilt aspect of this week’s “Giving Tuesday” social media campaign that comes directly after a weekend of binge buying by many consumers. With that being said, “Giving Tuesday” can serve as a great reminder of the importance of generosity. This past weekend during our simple church gathering I was reminded again of the incredible gratitude that our family has for receiving so many generous gifts.  Even this past week I shared in our family newsletter a prayer request concerning some medical… Read More »A Note From Gavin 12.3.20

A Note From Gavin

Words can’t express the gratitude my family and I have for all the support we have received this year. Our hearts are full of love for so many of you who have reached out as we have faced the challenges associated with our wonderful daughter Wylie! Personally, this been the most difficult year of my life, but also one of the most rewarding as we have seen countless miracles of healing and of generosity! 2020 VISION As we look into 2020 much is uncertain. That is true for all of us. But many things are certain. Jesus is still King.… Read More »A Note From Gavin

An update on our baby girl…

Hey folks… Just wanted to give a short personal update here on the simple church website about our baby on the way, Margaret Wylie Duerson. Many of you know that Karla is pregnant with a little girl.  After our 20 week ultrasound, our midwife referred us to a high-risk pregnancy doctor.  We went to this appointment on Tuesday.  The doctor found that Wylie “likely” has Down syndrome.  There were a few indicators that led to this assessment: 1)There are two choroid plexus cysts on her brain (these are harmless, but often present in babies with a genetic disorder), and 2) her… Read More »An update on our baby girl…

New Podcasts Up!

Hello friends! We have several new podcasts up at keepitsimplepodcast.com. You can also subscribe on iTunes at this link as well. It’s been awhile since I’ve updated the links, so you may remember that beginning with Episode 65, Tom and I re-launched the podcast with the idea of starting from scratch and re-introducing the “Who?” “What?” “When?” “Where?” “Why?” and “How?” questions surrounding simple/organic church. Episode 75 “Who Can Baptize Others in The Simple Church?” was just released. You can check out all the new episodes and the old ones at our website.  If you feel so inclined, I review on… Read More »New Podcasts Up!

Podcast: When You Come Together Part 1 & 2

Keep it Simple Podcast #68 – When You Come Together Part 1 Keep it Simple Podcast #69 – When You Come together Part 2 We have talked about “being” church in recent episodes. Today, Gavin and Tom explore “doing” church in a simple context. What happens when a simple church gathers each week? What goes on at a simple church meeting? What does a simple church do on the other six days of the week? Starting a few podcasts back, we “rebooted” the podcast and essentially started over!  To follow along with our new “season” of sorts, check out Podcast… Read More »Podcast: When You Come Together Part 1 & 2

Message of the Month – A Simple Church On Every Street

Starting this month, I will highlight a message that I feel is important for believers to consider, especially those of us seeking to walk with Jesus outside the traditional, organizational structures. It’s always been a challenge for me to break-away from the school year calendar.  August continues to feel like the start of a new year for me.  Perhaps that is one of the reasons I am thinking a lot these days about refocusing on the vision God has for me, my family, and for the Simple Church Alliance.  For my first “message of the month,” I would like to… Read More »Message of the Month – A Simple Church On Every Street