Tag Archives: Christianity

119: Does God Really Love Us? How Can We Know For Sure?

As Gavin reviews the recent Simple Church Conference, he brings up one of the topics: How Do We Know That God Really Loves Us? Tom and Gavin weigh in on this topic. Does God love us only when we obey Him? Is His love really unconditional? How do we know and experience His love?
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118: What Does The Church Value Pt 2

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You can tell a lot about a church by what it values or holds dear. Today, Gavin and Tom talk about what they consider to be the strongest values of any church. This is part two of a two part series.


114: Interview With Richard Jacobson

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This week Tom had the opportunity to meet with Richard Jacobson, of the Unchurching podcast and author of the book by the same name. While the name of the book may be provocative, Richard assures us that he is not anti-church. Through his writing, speaking and art, he articulates his love for the church. He advocates for a genuine expression of the ecclesia as described in the scriptures –where the church is not just a place that people gather, but IS the people who gather.

To see Richard’s website, click here:

http://www.unchurching.com/


113: Why We Podcast

Today, Gavin and Tom – The Simple Guys – take a few minutes to remind our listeners why we produce this podcast. Hint: it’s not to make money! Seriously, we do this podcast to promote healthy churches through simple, organic and family-like structures. Listen to hear what exactly that means.


112: Missions You (Yes You) Can Do

How can a Simple Church contribute to discipling the nations? Are we so small that we have no impact for Christ at the “Ends of the Earth?” What are some specific ways a small Simple Church can get involved in missions in a meaningful way? Listen as Tom, Gavin and special guest Luke discuss.

111: Using Simple Church Principles in the Middle East

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Today, Gavin and Tom interview Luke, who is currently working in the Middle East among refugees. Luke has worked with Simple Church groups in the past and is applying those principles to groups of refugees in the Middle East. Let’s hear how God is working.

 

Here are links to some ministries mentioned in the show:

http://www.perspectives.org/

https://www.elam.com/

 


110: Can Hierarchy Be Good for the Church?

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A recent Wall Street Journal article* extolls the virtues of hierarchical structures in an increasingly networked society. Tom and Gavin examine this article in the context of church. Is hierarchy good or harmful when applied to ecclesiology? How much hierarchy is needed for a church to function? How much does it take to become toxic? How do we find the right balance?

*In Praise of Hierarchy, by Niall Ferguson   https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-praise-of-hierarchy-1515175338