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Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in Blog | 2 comments

Virtual Simple Church

I was really encouraged by a very simple post by Roger Thoman this morning over at the Simple Church Journal.  I’ve mentioned him here before and I would highly recommend that you follow his blog.  The post was about “virtual house church” and I basically thought I’d copy the idea here. With the quarantine in place, many simple churches are meeting online with zoom, skype, facetime, etc.  Since simple church is really all about relationships, this is a fairly natural transition for many communities.  With certain changes to American life and the “church” coming in the months ahead, even post-quarantine, perhaps this will be a trend...

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“Finding Church” Book Discussion April 22

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

“Finding Church” Book Discussion April 22

  “What if the church Jesus is building looks more like wildflowers strewn across an alpine meadow than a walled garden with manicured hedges?”   Finding Church Book Discussion Wednesday, April 22 / 7:30-9:00 PM EST Join us for this special online leadership gathering as we discuss the book “Finding Church” by Wayne Jacobsen.  At a time when many people are having their “church” experience upended, perhaps there is no better time to examine the questions and insights addressed in this book.  What does it look like for us to “find church” in our day? In my opinion, this is one of the more important books about “church” I’ve...

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A Church of Two…Now More Than Ever!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

A Church of Two…Now More Than Ever!

As folks deal with the quarantine and COVID-19, Christians are discussing how to continue worship services.  What if we consider “church” of a different kind?  What if the Body of Christ recaptured the blessing of a church of two? Jesus said, “Where two or more gather in My name, I am with them,” (Matthew 28:20).  In my experience, understanding and experiencing the reality of church expressed in the relationship with at least one other believer is a basic building block in the Kingdom.  This type of church leads to life-changing discipleship and fulfillment of the Great Commission! A church of two is easy, but it’s often overlooked and...

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Simple Church Network Gathering Online – Sat. Mar 28

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Simple Church Network Gathering Online – Sat. Mar 28

Saturday, March 28 9 AM to 10:30 AM Below are the instructions for Joining us on Zoom this coming Saturday!  We hope you can join us via your phone or computer for a brief time of encouragement with simple church leaders from around the region.  Everyone is welcome to participate.  We hope to see you Saturday on Zoom! Note:  If you have the zoom app on your phone you should be able to just click the link and join the meeting on Saturday.  You may choose to select the option to use your phone for the audio as that seems to work well on the phone.  The great thing about zoom is that it is very user friendly.  Also, on your computer, the link should guide you right...

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3 Ideas for “Having Church” In Your Home

Posted by on Mar 20, 2020 in Blog | 1 comment

3 Ideas for “Having Church” In Your Home

I don’t like my own title of my own post, because “church” is not something you “have” it is something you are.  Nevertheless, with the Coronavirus canceling church services across the land, folks are starting to ask questions about what “having church” in your home looks like. My experience has led me to the conclusion that our understanding of being the church, the object of Christ’s love, receiving that love and passing it along to others (John 13:34) drives our gatherings. I wonder if forgoing a “church service” to wrestle or commune with God, individually or as a family, with how to follow Jesus without...

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Canceling Church

Posted by on Mar 13, 2020 in Blog | 2 comments

Canceling Church

Do we “cancel church?” This is the question many church leaders are wrestling with today. The coronavirus is bringing many aspects of society to a screeching halt. Governments have asked churches to close. Are we “selling out” if we fail to stand up to the government? I would contend that the issue lies with the premise. While it may be possible and even necessary to cancel a church service, the Church cannot be canceled.  Jesus said, “I will build My church and gates of hell will not prevail against it.” I would like to suggest that He is doing just fine with this promise and the Coronavirus will not prevent Jesus from keeping His...

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KY Governor Encourages Home Church to Combat Coronavirus?

Posted by on Mar 11, 2020 in Blog, Video | 1 comment

KY Governor Encourages Home Church to Combat Coronavirus?

The gates of Hell cannot prevail against the Church, but it would seem that the Coronavirus may be able to stop many “church services” in the coming weeks. Solution? The Kentucky governor suggests home church this weekend… I never thought I’d see the government encouraging house church but there it is. ” We have a lot of opportunities for virtual services.  I know those out there that would otherwise go (to church) have the opportunity to get out that Bible or whatever it is of their faith that gives them guidance and ensure that they have that time with their family this weekend in their own home where they can practice their faith and...

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Zach Winters with Sylvie, Dana Vogel – POSTPONED

Posted by on Mar 8, 2020 in Blog, Events, Music | 0 comments

Zach Winters with Sylvie, Dana Vogel – POSTPONED

  UPDATE:  THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  STAY TUNED AND WE WILL UPDATE FOLKS ABOUT A NEW DATE.  MEANWHILE, ENJOY ZACH’S MUSIC WHILE QUARANTINED! Earlier this year, I was excited to see that Zach Winters released a new album. I first heard of Zach Winters when I noticed a tweet from one of my favorite songwriters, Josh Garrels, giving a shout out to Zach Winters and the album Monarch.   I checked it out and immediately became a Zach Winters fan, as did Karla.  When his newest album, Love is a Garden, came out, I immediately purchased it and knew right from the first track, “Give Thanks,” that this album was a gift to me personally. Living in the...

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Good Friday Network Gathering

Posted by on Mar 8, 2020 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Good Friday Network Gathering

We will host a Good Friday worship and reflection gathering at the Prayer Room on Broadway in Lexington KY on Good Friday (April 10) at 7 pm! This time will feature worship and easter reflections from various simple church friends from the region.  We hope you and your family can make plans to celebrate Easter with us during this special simple church network gathering.  Light refreshments will be available.  If you desire to participate by sharing a scripture reading, song, poem, please let us know or just come prepared to share.  This is a great opportunity to bring friends and family as we celebrate together!   Good Friday Celebration Gathering – Hosted...

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To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain (Francis Chan)

Posted by on Feb 16, 2020 in Blog, Teachings, Video | 0 comments

To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain (Francis Chan)

    Hello friends. My suspicion is that if you are reading this blog then you could be apart of a home fellowship of some type. Furthermore, if that is the case, it may have been a while since you listened to a “sermon” together with this group of folks. I would like to encourage you to consider watching this message by Francis Chan at your next gathering. Of course, you could just watch it right now, but I think there would be great value to watching it together with your friends and discussing. If you have followed this blog, then you have seen links to Francis’s writings and transition from megachurch pastor to house church planter. Now he...

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