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Why is food important when it comes to church planting?

Photo credit: CarbonNYC (Creative Commons) A post about food seems appropriate after the amount I've eaten over the past two days! Food is very important in the context of seeing multiplying churches. Luke 10 is our signature passage on how to reach out to those who don't yet know the Lord. It tells us that… Read More

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What we hear from God depends on this…

Photo credit: WingedWolf (Creative Commons) If there is one key skill in simple/organic church, it is listening to God. This skill is foundational in almost all we do. In my experience, however, God tends to speak to me about the things I ask him questions on. So if I never ask him about finances, he… Read More

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What is on God’s heart for your simple/organic church?

Photo credit: pipnstuff (Creative Commons) Simple/organic churches can be inward looking. But when we seek Jesus, making him the center of everything that goes on and we ask him what is on his heart, we may find things change… A few months ago, our simple/organic church spent time learning to listen to God. Each week… Read More

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Organic church in Jose’s hospital room

For those of you who are not aware of the extraordinary story of Jose and his mother, Rosaura, you can read it here. Jose has been in hospital for two weeks now and he and Rosaura miss church–so last night we took church to them. It was a precious time. We ate and shared and… Read More

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Time to harvest

After our early morning wake-up call, Tony and I started praying through the book of Haggai. The context of Haggai is that the first wave of Jews have returned from captivity in Babylon, but, apart from an initial spurt of activity in which the foundations of the temple were laid, nothing more has been done… Read More

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Guest post by Chris Jefferies: presence and power

Chris Jefferies lives in the UK. He trained as a biologist but ended up working in IT. His blog can be found here. When we were in the UK recently, we had long conversations with Chris about what it would take to see the power and presence of Christ that we knew back in the… Read More

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A story from our simple/organic church–and an urgent request

We need to go away more often.┬áIt’s amazing what happens when we leave the country. We currently have a simple/organic church that meets in our home. It’s actually run by our daughter and son-in-law. We turn up from time to time. For most of September and part of October, Tony and I were in Russia… Read More

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5 reasons for us to be missional versus attractional

We learned many lessons from Rosa's story. The whole experience demonstrated very clearly the importance of church being missional, (Luke 10:3) rather than attractional. Here are some of the reasons: Jesus said, "As the Father sent me, so send I you."  If I had failed to obey the impression I had to walk along a certain street,… Read More

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The financial cost of starting a church

According to Dave Barrett and Todd Johnson in World Christian Trends, the average cost per new baptism in the United States tops $1.5 million! This figure reflects the cost of church buildings, seminary training etc. What has happened to Jesus' instructions to the disciples in Luke 10. "Don't take any money with you…"? There is… 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