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6 pointers on how to be a good Samaritan

Creative Commons: Unicef What does it look like to be a good neighbor? Some of the last posts have been on the topic of a simple/organic/house church response to disaster. Are we ready? The parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 speaks into what disaster relief might look like. Jesus was asked the question, "Who… Read More

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A church is born in the projects

Continuing the story that starts here: Photo credit: urbaneapts (Creative Commons) When God answered Rosa's prayers in such a clear way, we asked Rosa: "Would you be willing to bring together some of your family and friends to hear about this Jesus who has been answering your prayers?" Rosa jumped at the idea. But that… 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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Church planting House church Organic church Simple Church

How can you start a simple/organic/house church?

"I would love, love, love some direction about getting started. I am the only person I know in my area who has a heart to move into simple/organic/house church. Where do I begin?" A few days ago, I asked people to answer the question, "What is one thing you would like to learn about simple/organic… Read More

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10 more skills for equipping the saints

The function of the 5-fold ministry in Ephesians 4 is to equip the saints for the work of ministry. What is the ministry we are equipping them for? Expanding the Kingdom by making disciples, helping them to mature and equipping them to do the same for others. In the one of the last posts we… 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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Guest post from Rad Zdero: how house churches should prepare for disaster

The topic of the church's readiness to deal with disaster, harvest, and hostility is an important matter that was recently blogged about. Indeed, are we ready? And are we ready in the "right" things? It is one thing to be ready personally on spiritual and practical levels, but it is quite another to be ready… Read More

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Spiritual warfare

Where does our authority lie in spiritual warfare?

Picture this: A police officer stands at the center of an intersection, directing the traffic. Even giant eighteen-wheelers obey his signals. ┬áNow imagine that same police officer, but this time in his regular clothes attempting to do the same. People would assume he was crazy. The uniform indicates that the person wearing it carries the… 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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Meeting people at their point of need

There have been some fascinating and insightful responses to this series of posts on having a social impact. Here are some of them. Gary said: Jesus wasn't going around thinking "How can I have social impact in this town today?" Being about His Father's business included that aspect as well. My point was that if… Read More