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Why compliments help in planting a simple/organic/house church

Continuing the study in Luke 10. Sadly, we Christians are renowned for our negative attitudes.  According to David Kinnamen in his book, UnChristian, we are thought of by 'outsiders' (ie those who are not involved in church) as firstly, antigay (91%), secondly, judgemental (87%), and thirdly, hypocritical (85%).  Luke 10:5 says: “Whenever you enter someone’s home, first… Read More

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How many $$ to start a church?

Continuing our study of Luke 10. I tried without success to find out the average cost of starting a church in this country.  If my memory serves me right, it's in the region of $350,000 by the time you include buildings and the training and salary for a pastor.  (If anyone has an accurate figure,… Read More

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Wolves and a world at war: a story

Continuing thoughts around Luke 10. Luke 11: 20-22 says this: But if I am casting out demons by the power of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you.  For when a strong man like Satan is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe— until someone even stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him… Read More

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Choosing to become the wolf’s lunch?

Continuing principles from Luke 10: There are other principles tied up with Jesus sending us out as lambs among wolves (Luke 10:3). Lambs make lunch for wolves!  So why did Jesus send us out as lambs among wolves rather than wolves among lambs? What kind of shepherd is he?  Would a good shepherd do that?… Read More

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Sent to the wolves: a story

When our daughter finished school, she spent a couple of years with YWAM (Youth with a Mission).  At the end of that time, she asked us if we would be willing to let her work downtown in our club and bar district. Just what any parent wants–their daughter becoming a cocktail waitress in the most… Read More

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Sent to the wolves: how to start a house/organic church in the harvest

Continuing a study of Luke 10. Luke 10:3 says this: Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. Jesus told his disciples to go–or more accurately, "be going."  Yet we usually ask people to come.  "Come to our church," "Come to our special meeting!"  Even in our house churches we… Read More

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Power tools for church planting

This is a break in my series on Luke 10.  I will get back to this passage in the next post!   When we first moved to this country, we had no means of making an income. (No one wanted to employ two unlicensed physicians).  So we became involved in a business that taught us… Read More

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What have cows to do with church planting? How to start a simple/organic/house church (2)

  God's maths is not our maths. Continuing the discussion on Luke 10.  Luke 10:2 says this: "These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields." A number of key… Read More

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How to start a simple/organic/house church

We have had the privilege of spending time with the leaders of several church planting movements over the years.  (A church planting movement occurs when there is rapid and spontaneous multiplication of churches, comprised mainly of new believers). We always ask them what principles are behind the growth that they see.  They usually point to… Read More

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Passing it on

When you talk to people who are seeing a church planting movement, they all talk about the importance of people passing on what they are learning.   Neil Cole says in a recent blog post at http://bit.ly/asqEgw that every church he has started has begun because people become Christians going through the 7 signs of John.… Read More