What is a Simple Church?

“So, what will you be doing exactly?” This question was raised on many occasions in the weeks ahead. It was all still theory for us even though we knew we were to head in this direction. For us to understand Simple Church and to be able to explain it to others, we knew we needed to go back to basics and re-define church. In its very essence, church is simply a group of people who follow Jesus. It is where two or three (or more) people gather in recognition that Jesus is in their midst… “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20).

Top Posts of 2018

Top Posts of 2018

Wow! 2018’s been a big year. It’s been so great to see so many people stop by the blog this year. I’ve been so encouraged to see that it’s been more than double the number of people visiting the site than last year. I hope if you stumbled on the blog this year, you’ve been … Read more

Giving Up “Dream Church” and Embracing Discomfort

Brett McCracken

The “dream church” picture I painted in the introduction looks very little like the church, Southlands, where I am now a member. Southlands is nondenominational, meets in a renovated prosthetics factory, and has only the slightest liturgical bent. It’s Reformed-ish but Holy Spirit focused, with impromptu “words” from the congregation and quiet prayer in tongues … Read more

Top Posts of 2017

What a year 2017 has been. I’m so grateful to everyone who has stopped by to check out the blog. I’ve been particularly encouraged to have journeyed with some all year as we’ve been following Jesus together. But if you stumbled on the blog recently I hope you’ve found a place where you are welcomed … Read more

Hope – Advent Community Guide

Saturate Advent Community Guide

The Advent Community Guide has been prepared by Saturate the World.  This free resource is well worth checking out for use in your family or community to help you encounter Jesus this week. Here is the first week’s reading. Download your copy of Saturate’s Advent Community Guide free here. HOPE God’s people had been hoping for … Read more

Nathan Foster on Prayer

“Now when I pray, I create movements in my mind. I push my attention toward a person or situation. I spend a lot of my prayer time simply sitting with God, thinking and listening while we exchange pictures of what we would like to see happen – co-creating. I was recently praying about an event where I would be speaking, and I imagined the Holy Spirit brooding about, filling the room, covering the cracks, and then I thought of the people, and I saw their frustration, their disillusionment with life and maybe even God. I turned my attention to the Father, and I felt his longing for them. I pray with hunches, movements and nudges. It’s a flow, a dance, a movement of grace bathed in love. I don’t disconnect. I pray with my eyes open.”

– Nathan Foster in The Making of an Ordinary Saint.

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