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Church planting Luke 10

How do we recognize a person of peace?

In Luke 10, Jesus tells his disciples to find a person of peace (verse 5) and to bless their oikos (home, or circle of influence). What is a person of peace? A person of peace is someone who has reputation (good or bad), influence, and is open to receive us. We can recognize them because… Read More

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AHCHOO!! I hope you caught the virus

Photo credit: Christophe Pasqual (Creative Commons) There's a dangerous virus going around the world. Like other viruses, it's identified with letters and numbers. Unlike other viruses, I hope you catch it.  The 10:2b virus started when a couple of friends of ours, John White and Kenny Moore, were discussing one morning over breakfast how to… Read More

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Leadership Luke 10

Needed: Evangelists

Continuing my tongue-in-cheek job description for five-fold ministries: Wanted: People with a passion to reach out to others Job description: We have an urgent need of evangelists to meet the current shortfall. This team player has an inner compulsion to communicate the good news of Jesus to those who do not yet know the Lord in… Read More

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God uses even tragedy…

Last October we started another simple/organic church.  Initially it was composed of a few family members and a young Indian couple, both from a Hindu background. The husband had already given his life to the Lord, and was being profoundly helped by working at our company.  (Our company hires the "best person for the job,"… Read More

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Why it’s more difficult to have community when working with existing believers

Many of today's simple/organic churches  start when a Christian with a vision of a group meeting in a home or other culturally relevant context invites his/her friends to start a church. The problem is that usually those coming only know the person who invited them; they may not know the other people involved.  It takes… Read More

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Should we increase community at the expense of being missional?

I was asked a fascinating question in response to the last couple of blogs on how an inward focused group can become more missional.  Basically the question was: what do you do about mission if there is very little sense of community in your group? Here's a part of my response to the person who… Read More

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6 trends for 2011

Here are some of the trends I believe God is bringing into the body of Christ and more specifically into the simple/organic/house church movement that we will see in the coming year: An increasing emphasis on the Kingdom of God Groups on mission with God, listening to what he says to them and obeying what… Read More

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What’s the difference between a church that meets in a house and a simple/organic/house church?

All over the country, people are meeting in homes instead of in buildings as their main expression of church.  According to George Barna, that figure is about 5% of the adult population of this country!  Similar results were obtained in surveys by Ed Stetzer of the Southern Baptists and the Pew Forun. Amazing!  Who would… Read More

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My questions about discipleship

For some years I have pondered the question of discipleship.  I have to confess, discipling others has been something of a mystery to me.  I know the theory, but have always had questions about it.  Discipling someone is usually portrayed as helping a baby in Christ towards maturity.  Maybe my questions are because I became… Read More

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A new kind of disciple

Aaron Snow of Intentional Gatherings recently posted this on his blog (http://bit.ly/cae2Jh).  I use it here with his permission as a great example of the kind of thing I've been blogging about recently. “…Can you imagine what it would look like if college students who claim Jesus as Lord were equipped and released to lead… Read More