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Church planting

Repost: The British House Church Movement (part 3)

In our own situation, Tony had a great inroad into the community as a family physician. He would often ask his patients when they presented with a problem, “Have you thought about praying about this situation?” Their usual reply was, “Oh yes doctor, but my prayers don’t seem to be going anywhere!” Tony would often… Read More

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Church planting

Repost: The British House Church Movement (part 2)

Question: Tony and Felicity, what was your experience during the emergence and growth of the HC movement in the UK? I’m guessing that it started out in ways that are similar to what we’re seeing in theUS: believers migrating from legacy churches to HCs. But as it progressed, did you see a shift, or signs… Read More

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Church planting

Repost: The British House Church Movement (part 1)

I am currently in Taiwan speaking at a conference. This is a repost. Tim Thompson posted the following great question that I would like to try to answer: “I’m interested in the potential for evangelism in house/simple churches in the USA. Jeff Gilbertson has already reported that most people in US house churches were believers… Read More

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Kingdom Life

The Holy Spirit and DL Moody

I’ve just finished reading A Passion for Souls: The Life of D. L. Moody, an account of the life of the famous evangelist. I found myself surprisingly moved by his life. DL Moody was born in Northfield, Massachusetts. His father died when he was only four years old and his mother was left caring for… Read More

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Luke 10

Commercial fishing (part 2)

As I investigated the Scriptures on the subject of commercial fishing in the Gospels, several things became apparent.  There are several passages that talk about fishing: Matthew 4:18-22 and Mark 1:16-19  Jesus calls the four disciples who are fishermen and tells them he will make them fishers of men. Luke 5:1-11  Jesus tells the disciples… Read More

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House church

What’s in a name? Missional Community

The word, “missional” has become something of a buzz-word over recent years. Several friends such as Linda Bergquist and Alan Hirsch were involved in writing a Missional Manifesto which was published last year to help describe the term. Here’s the first sentence from the manifesto: God is a sending God, a missionary God, who has called His… Read More

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Kingdom skills

Multiplication tools: vision

The vision the individual members have for your group will determine the actions they take and your group's ultimate destination. Photo credit: woodleywonderworks (Creative Commons) Why are the people in your group meeting?  Simple/organic church provides a more intimate community. This is great, and an important component of simple church, but if that is why… Read More

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Kingdom skills

Multiplication tools: practice

If you want to become proficient at a skill, the answer lies in practice. Photo credit: Morrow Cove (Creative Commons) Musicians rehearse, athletes practice, anyone who wants to become proficient at a skill puts in hours per day. They perform the same drill over and over again until it has become perfectly natural. I’m sure… Read More

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Church planting House church Organic church Simple Church

Do you need some help on the simple/organic journey?

Every year, the Board of House2House (a ministry providing resources for simple/organic/house churches that Tony and I helped to found in 2000) spends a few days together seeking the Lord.  We want to know his emphasis for us over the coming year. Because we have a philosophy that we would rather stop something than continue… Read More

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Church planting Kingdom of God

When it doesn’t matter who gets the credit: a story

While I was in the UK two weeks ago, a not-yet-Christian came to the church that meets in our home. She is friends with some of the students who attend regularly.  Apparently it was a very ordinary time. But at the end she was asked, "Would you like to give your life to Jesus?"  "Yes,"… Read More