Tag Archives: Jesus

128: Back to the Basics of Simple Church Part One

Recently, Gavin Duerson hosted a breakfast seminar for his network of house churches in Lexington, Kentucky. In today’s podcast, he recaps some of the key principles shared at that seminar. This is part one of a two part series.

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127: Deconstructing

What does a person mean when they say they are “deconstructing their faith?” Does it mean that they have questions, or even doubts about their faith in Christ, or does it mean that they are walking away from their faith altogether? If so, what can the church do to help such a person? Tom and Gavin explore this phenomenon in the North American Church.

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126: We Review “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill”

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Tom and Gavin review the popular Christianity Today podcast series, “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill.” We examine the spectacular arc of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, pastored by Mark Driscoll, from its simple beginnings to its tremendous popularity and its sudden implosion in 2014. There is much for any church to learn from this story and the Keep it Simple Podcast will highlight some of the cautionary lessons to be learned.

If you want to listen to Christianity Today’s podcast, “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” by Mike Cosper, go here:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/podcasts/rise-and-fall-of-mars-hill/

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125: We’re Back Baby! A Long Overdue Update!

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After two years of silence, Tom and Gavin sit down before the microphones to record another episode of Keep It Simple: A Simple Church Podcast. I this episode, we discuss how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected our house churches and where we would like to see our churches go in the coming months.

 

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124: What Does a Local Church “Owe” Its Members?

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In today’s lively discussion, Tom “ambushes” Gavin with an impromptu question: What is the local church’s responsibility towards its members/attendees? Listen as Tom and Gavin hash out what they see are just some of the duties that a local expression of a church should perform to serve its congregation.

 


104: Expel the Brother! Pt 2

In the gospels, we read story after story about Jesus spending time with sinners. He ate with them. He spent time in their homes. He hung out with them. Jesus wasn’t afraid to be around sinners. He showed love to them. Yet, in Paul’s epistle to the Corinthians, he tells the church not to associate with a brother who is sinning. He even goes so far as to demand that the Corinthian Church excommunicate a sinning brother. Are the actions of Paul and Jesus in contradiction? Do we deal with sinners the same way we deal with brothers and sisters in Christ who are sinning? What’s the difference? How do we know? Listen as Gavin and Tom discuss this complicated topic. This is part two of a two part episode.

101: Is The House Church Movement “Bewitching” Its Followers?

Are advocates of the Simple/Organic/House church movement “bewitching” Christians as Paul describes in Galatians 3:1? Are we trying a more simple method of church in order to escape the legalism of a more traditional church, or are we creating a new type of legalism? Where is the balance between legalism and gracious obedience to Jesus? Listen as Gavin and Tom discuss.

 

Are you coming to the Simple Church Conference in October? Register here:

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

 

 

Check out Gavin’s new album:

 

https://insidejokemusic.bandcamp.com/

 


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/


89: Do You Like Your Worship Spontaneous or Planned?

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When Christians gather to worship, whether in an established church building or in someone’s living room, the format of such worship can vary dramatically. Some venues can be very regimented, with strict adherence to a schedule. Others can be full of liturgy and other formal elements of worship. Still others can be very relaxed and unstructured. Some may even be chaotic free-for-alls. Is there specific way in which believers are to worship together? Let’s discuss this.