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Becoming A Church

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

Becoming A Church

Becoming a Church I often get to have conversations with people about the nature of a local church.  Some wonder, “Is my Bible study or small group a local church?  Why or why not?  Could we become a church?”  Even if not asked explicitly, these questions may tumble around in hearts and minds as we collectively wrestle with what it means to be the Body of Christ. – I have mentioned Zumé Project before and how many Christians find it to be a helpful tool in seeing the formation of disciple-making simple churches.  In the appendix of the Zumé Guidebook, there is an idea presented for a group exercise that I would like to highlight.  Perhaps,...

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2017 Year End Letter

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

2017 Year End Letter

Friends, Several years ago I had the picture in my mind of a harbor filled with families working to load up their belongings and family members into a multitude of sailboats. They each were getting in position to leave. They were not coming back. Each boat was filled with their family and friends and they were setting out on an incredible journey–a journey that no doubt would be filled with hardship and adventure, challenges and exploration of the unknown. Boats were loaded and friends and family were in place as they raised the sails. There was a slight breeze that began to blow. However, they knew that a powerful wind was coming and when it did, they would be...

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Simple Church As A “Bridge”

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Simple Church As A “Bridge”

This Sunday night is the Simple Church Alliance Christmas Celebration at Awesome Inc., downtown Lexington, Ky (Details HERE)! We hope you can join us from 6-8PM as we have invited students and families connected with Bridges International to join us.  We will be able to connect with one another and share the story of Christmas through song and fellowship. Below is a note from Micah Lemaster who serves with Bridges about why he is especially excited to connect those they serve with simple church minded families and individuals… My name is Micah LeMaster, and I run an organization called Bridges International at the University of Kentucky. We consist of a group of...

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Podcast Turns 4! – New Episode Available!

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Blog, Teachings | 0 comments

Podcast Turns 4! – New Episode Available!

It’s hard to believe it, but the Keep it Simple Podcast is celebrating it’s 4th Birthday!  What started out as a reason for Tom and I to regularly connect and discuss issues relevant to house/simple/organic church as turned into a four-year, 100+ episode endeavor!  Along the way, we have been blessed to let many of you in on our thoughts about house church in real time and even encourage others living outside our state to pursue Christ through the simple church.  Tom and I have even managed to not kill each other!  In all seriousness, I’m grateful to Tom and his idea to start this podcast and how it has allowed us to grow as friends and to...

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Stories From The Harvest

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Stories From The Harvest

By Kaleb and Kate Phillips God has been doing work, and the enemy has been on the attack. I wish I could describe and explain all of the ways that God has orchestrated events in our lives and ministry over the past several weeks and months, but honestly, I’m still pretty overwhelmed. We have been, and are still, facing a lot of darkness. Sometimes it feels like we’re completely in the dark. Sometimes it feels more like drowning. Literally, we have been facing such heavy spiritual attacks that we are experiencing physical symptoms. Last night in our house church our family was feeling good, ready, excited. Then, several people walked in and the atmosphere completely...

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Christmas Gathering Dec. 17

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Christmas Gathering Dec. 17

This year, we will return to downtown Lexington for a network wide Christmas celebration! Join us for an evening of fellowship and worship through Christmas songs and carols! In addition, we will join with friends from Bridges International! Bridges is a ministry to international students and families in the area.  Many international students come to the US with a desire to meet Americans and learn about Christianity but unfortunately never enter the home of a Christian while here.  Bridges International hopes seeks to give opportunities for Christians to build relationships with those visiting our universities.  We hope that this evening will be an excellent way...

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Free Music: A Simple Church Christmas Vol. 2

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Blog, Music | 0 comments

Free Music: A Simple Church Christmas Vol. 2

I wanted to pass along this free download to A Simple Church Christmas Vol. 2! Every year we invite simple church communities and their friends to come together and celebrate Christ’s birth. In addition to enjoying fellowship and food, we have enjoyed sharing the story of Christmas through song. Several years ago we released volume one of these recordings and now I have for you volume two featuring recordings from our past two Christmas Celebrations! As we get ready for Christmas and our this year’s Simple Church Christmas Celebration on December 17th I wanted to edit and make these available!  We hope you enjoy them and these recordings become a wonderful...

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Is God Counting?

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Blog, Teachings, Video | 0 comments

Is God Counting?

What if God is not counting our sins against us? This seems like a silly question, because if you are reading this, there is a good chance you are a Christian, and you would know to say to me, “Of course He is not counting our sins against us!”  However, if an adulterer was sitting in front of you, would you say, “Good news!  God does not count your sins against you!”  Perhaps you may not be so sure that He is not counting in such a situation?  He is only not counting the sins of those who have first showed some sign of sadness for their sins, right?  Only then does God stop counting, right? I have certainly thought I believed that He is not...

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Two Churches at The Same Time

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Blog, Teachings | 2 comments

Two Churches at The Same Time

One of the take-a-ways from my time with Lee Wood at our simple church conference was the simple concept of “two churches at the same time.” One of the biggest challenges for simple churches is grasping how we can be a committed and intimate community of believers that also grows into multiple simple churches.  Growing together and outward can seem at odds.  Often, our minds are bent toward the “splitting” (grow the group and then split it in half when it gets too big).  Others envision sending folks out of the group to start new groups as opportunities arise.  Because we perceive that both of these options neccesitate saying goodbye to those...

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Simple Church Conference – Retreat 2017

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Simple Church Conference – Retreat 2017

Connect with and learn alongside simple/house/organic church practitioners from around the region at this year’s simple church conference/retreat. This year, we welcome Lee and Stacy Wood from Tampa, FL. Lee and Stacy have seen God birth over a hundred house churches throughout the Tampa area in the last several years as Jesus’s followers have been empowered and encouraged to be the Church in their neighborhoods, workplaces and areas of influence. We encourage you to bring the whole family this year and enjoy a time together of refreshment and encouragement around the campfire, on a hike through the Jessamine Gorge, and in times of worship and story-telling...

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