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72: Inward or Outward Focus?

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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.

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Episode Sixty Four: Where Are We Going?

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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.


Episode Sixty One: Refugees, Compassion, Security and the Church

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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?


Episode Fifty Eight: 2015 Simple Church Conference Wrap Up

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Tom and Gavin share their impressions and highlights from the recent Simple Church Conference held in late August in Lexington, Kentucky.
One of the links mentioned in this podcast is a free e-book: The Luke 10 Manual:

Episode Fifty Seven: The Future of Marriage in America

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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:

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Episode Fifty Four: Highlights From the 2014 Simple Church Conference-Tom

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Today we play highlights from last year’s Simple Church Conference held in Wilmore, Kentucky in September, 2014. One of our keynote speakers, Tom LeCompte, points out that within 20 years of Jesus’ resurrection, the early church had a strong influence on the known world and had “turned the world upside down.” Can the Church do the same in the 21st century? What would it take to reach the whole world in our time?

 


Episode Fifty Two: The Future of Simple Church in North America

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We continue to chat with Forrest Head of Big Life at Home Ministries. In this episode, we speculate on the future of the Church in the West and especially in North America. What part does Simple Church play in making disciples for Jesus in a time when traditional church attendance seems to be in decline everywhere?

Here is a link to Forrest’s Ministry Website:

http://biglifeathome.com/

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