100: It’s All About Jesus!

 

For our 100th episode, Tom and Gavin take the time to affirm that the whole reason for this podcast is not just to espouse an alternative way of doing church, nor do we want to rebel against the established traditional church. Rather, the reason for this podcast is to lift up Jesus for all to see and to make Him known in all the world. We are not preaching ourselves, or our ways, but we want to preach Christ asLord of all (see 2 Corinthians 4:5).

 

To learn more about the Simple Church Conference:

http://simplechurchalliance.faclex.com/blog/2017/08/17/simple-church-conference-retreat-2017/


99: Sermons, Preaching and the Simple Church, Part 2

Every follower of Christ has either heard the good news through a sermon, and/or has preached that good news to others in some fashion. Preaching has been part of the history of Christianity since ancient times. Numerous preachers and their sermons have been described in detail in the scriptures. While a formal sermon delivered by a professional preacher might not figure prominently in many Simple Church venues, the sermon and the preacher are always going to be a part of our Christian experience. What makes the preacher and the sermon worthy of our attention? This is the second part of a two-part series.

 

 

Here is a link to Cat and Dog Theology mentioned in the podcast:

http://www.catndogtheology.com/


98: Sermons, Preaching and the Simple Church, Part 1

Every follower of Christ has either heard the good news through a sermon, and/or has preached that good news to others in some fashion. Preaching has been part of the history of Christianity since ancient times. Numerous preachers and their sermons have been described in detail in the scriptures. While a formal sermon delivered by a professional preacher might not figure prominently in many Simple Church venues, the sermon and the preacher are always going to be a part of our Christian experience. What makes the preacher and the sermon worthy of our attention?


97: How Do We Measure Success? Pt 2

What is a “successful” church? How do we evaluate success? Traditional churches look at metrics such as membership, growth, budget, baptisms, etc. But what does success look like in a Simple Church? In this two-part series, Gavin and Tom will discuss the measurement of a Simple Church’s effectiveness.

Hear Gavin’s new song, “You Don’t Hear Me Though”


96: How Do We Measure Success? Part 1

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What is a “successful” church? How do we evaluate success? Traditional churches look at metrics such as membership, growth, budget, baptisms, etc. But what does success look like in a Simple Church? In this two-part series, Gavin and Tom will discuss the measurement of a Simple Church’s effectiveness.


95: Top Five Reasons For Simple Church

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Why do we participate in a Simple Church? Are we reacting against bad practices or negative experiences? Or are there good and positive reasons for establishing Simple Churches? Today, Gavin and Tom share their top five favorite features of Simple Church.


94: Benedict Optional?

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In a recent book called “The Benedict Option: A Strategy For Christians in a Post-Christian Nation,” Rod Dreher describes the impending decline of Christian influence in the West and offers suggestions for preserving Christianity within a hostile anti-Christian culture. Today, Tom and Gavin review the book and discuss ways that the Simple Church can help preserve the Christian faith in a non-Christian world.

Here is a link to Rod’s book:

Here is a link to Rod’s interview with Albert Mohler:

http://www.albertmohler.com/2017/02/13/benedict-option-conversation-rod-dreher/