Missionaries suggest that the North American Church – as we normally experience it – is not the friendliest place in which to disciple a new Christian from a culture different from our own. There are many barriers and obstacles that a cross-cultural disciple must overcome in order to grow in Christ within the American Church. How can we make that adjustment easier for someone from a different culture? Is the attractional church model effective in this case? Could the Simple Church do any better? Listen as Tom and Gavin discuss discipleship and hospitality in the church.
As we wrap up 2017, we note the fact that we have been podcasting for FOUR YEARS! Wow! Tom and Gavin discuss the recent 2017 Simple Church Conference from October in Wilmore, Kentucky. Gavin’s number one take-away from that weekend was the concept of “being a part of two churches.” This is a concept first described by Curtis Sergeant as part of the Zume´Training. We’ve provided a link to his video below.
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One of the most common criticisms of Simple Churches is that they can become inwardly focused. We can meet together with the same few people each week, but we seldom invite visitors to our fellowship. Growth is stagnant. Outreach to unbelievers is weak. In fact, many Christians seldom interact with an unbeliever from day to day. Gavin and Tom discuss ways for small groups and simple churches to turn their focus outward toward a broken world that needs Jesus.
After many months or years of doing the same things at church, do you ever stop and ask, “Where are we going with this?” As we start a new year, Tom and Gavin reflect on what it means to just be going through the motions of living the Christian life. The new year brings us an opportunity to rethink our commitment to living up to all that God has called us to do – individually and as a church.
Today, Tom and Gavin discuss the recent promise from the Obama Administration of accepting more than 10,000 Syrian refugees, despite concerns that some of them may have ties to terror groups. Will we be compassionate to these desperate refugees? Is the risk of allowing potential terrorists into our country a real enough threat to prevent these refugees from coming to our shores? What is the Church’s stance on this complex issue? How should we treat refugees wherever they come from?
Tom and Gavin share their impressions and highlights from the recent Simple Church Conference held in late August in Lexington, Kentucky.
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A recent Supreme Court Decision has made Gay Marriage legal in all fifty states. But is “legal” the same as good, or right? In this podcast, Gavin and Tom discuss the ramifications of Gay Marriage for society and the church. How should followers of Christ deal with this topic in a biblical way? Are we “haters” if we disagree with society? What is the future of Marriage in America?
IT’S NOT TOO LATE…
…to sign up for the fourth annual Simple Church Conference, August 29th and 30th in Lexington, Kentucky. Our special guests will be Tony and Felicity Dale! Come and see us in the beautiful Bluegrass region of Kentucky. For details and registration, click here: