Reminder: This Sunday evening is our House Church Connect Dinner! RSVP today! 5-6:30pm! Details on our website! For those of you who are married, do you look at your life together as a ministry? Do you think about all the people you will influence during your lives? Today, Tom and Gavin talk about a little known, but very influential couple from the book of Acts named Priscilla and Aquila and the tremendous influence they had on Paul, Apollos, the Church then and Christianity today. Thanks for liking and subscribing and sharing! Comments also are always welcome! Also available in audio… Read More »Your Marriage Is A Ministry – Keep it Simple Podcast #137
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
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord (Zechariah 4:6) It was just one week earlier that I went to the retreat in Stanford for the Simple Church gathering of various house church leaders. That was on September 10th. I wasn’t really sure why I felt prompted to go, just to say goodbye to good friends I thought. I don’t know when or if I will return to the States so I thought maybe God would speak to me there about my unknown future. Just one week prior to the retreat my sister came from… Read More »Waiting and Watching In Ireland (By Sandra Haven)
Recently, we concluded our annual Simple Church Retreat. We were blessed to welcome friends from Alabama, Ohio, Eastern Kentucky and Central Kentucky to The Stanford Inn at Wilderness Road.
This year our conversation centered around the idea of simple church as a way of life–not a “ministry” or “way of doing church.”
Recently we had the privilege of baptizing two of our children, Beau (12) and Neva (9). It was such a blessing for friends and family to join us for simple church and to celebrate this special occasion. It was wonderful to hear the verses they shared and the personal encouragements they passed along to our children as they publicly declared their desire to follow Jesus in their lives. How wonderful it is to celebrate the new birth that Christ has granted to all of us!
What do we mean when we talk about house church, organic church, or simple church? I’m really excited to share these next two episodes with everyone as Tom and I discuss this foundational question! Today, a lot of folks mean a lot of different things when they talk about “church” and specifically house church. In fact, my understanding of church and the role the local house church plays within the Kingdom of God has changed over my 10+ year house church expedition. In this two part series Tom and I will go “back to the basics” of what it exactly… Read More »Back 2 Basics (Part 1) – Keep It Simple Podcast #128
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, a recent podcast produced by Christianity Today has generated a lot of discussion among those interested in the Church. In the most recent episode of Keep It Simple: A Simple Church Podcast, Tom and Gavin discuss this podcast and extract lessons for those of us in simple church. Please like and subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you get all the videos of the podcast as we reboot it on this platform. You can listen online at our website: http://www.keepitsimplepodcast.com Listen and subscribe on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3KxxijeLM1ZdhdiISYm2HQ?si=d468d1720f9d49f7 Listen and subscribe on Apple… Read More »Mars Hill – Keep it Simple Podcast #136
Join simple church friends and family from the region for a Back2Basics Breakfast where we will enjoy food and a conversation about the basics of simple church. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in the idea of simple church to meet others following Christ in simple/organic ways and have their questions answered. We encourage all who are a part of a simple church to join as well as your experience will certainly contribute to the discussion! We hope you will consider joining us. We do ask for RSVPs to be emailed to us here as we want to… Read More »Network Gathering – Back 2 Basics Breakfast – Feb.19
This liturgy was shared by my wife Karla at our dinner table this past weekend and also with our church family in our home Sunday morning. It’s found in a book series entitled Every Moment Holy and also available for download on their website www.everymomentholy.com. The series focuses on liturgies for every day life. A reading such as the one below can be a great exercise for a simple church community to share together. In this “liturgy for feasting with friends,” a picture of what simple church gatherings can be is painted in the opening sentence–a picture that I think… Read More »A Joyful Feast as an Act of War?- A liturgy for feasting with friends
Friends and family, December 12, 11AM – 1:30pm we will host a Network Christmas Gathering for all friends, family, of simple church! We’d love to see longtime friends reunite as well if possible! We will enjoy Christmas music, fellowship, a meal, and encouragement. We will plan to meet at First Southern Bank in Lexington. RSVP required by DEC 6th in case we need to change venues. This will be a Potluck meal. Meat, drinks, and utensils will be provided. You can let us know what you would bring upon RSVP. Spread the word and please feel free to invite friends… Read More »Network Christmas Gathering December 12th