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Roger Thoman
I'm on a journey home desiring to take as many people as possible with me.
Interests: cpms and justice for the poor in needy parts of the world, brennan manning, simple churches, contemplative, skiing, walking on the beach, grandchildren, glory of God demonstrated among all people groups, authentic community
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You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:3... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Regardless of how we ‘be and do’ church, our first work is to pray and love. Nothing else will touch others and prepare the way for Jesus to draw them. Nothing else will actually make a difference in the world... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at SimpleChurch Journal
Very thoughtful comments, Chris. It's not often (maybe never?) that I have seen someone revisit their comments so many years later. I am glad you did. All of us gain perspective from our experiences. I appreciate your honest sharing of what you have experienced in both house church and in traditional church. At the end of the day, your last sentence says it all: "May all of us never stop seeking for more of Him..."
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“Go into all the world and start churches!” You won’t find that in Scripture. “Go into all the world and plant house churches!” You can’t find that either. You can find mission statements like “make disciples” or “preach the Gospel”... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at SimpleChurch Journal
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You can now register for the upcoming “Simple/House Church Revolution Online Course.” Beginning date is February 13. NOTE, you can register immediately as there are only 16 spaces remaining on a first come, first served basis! The goal of this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at SimpleChurch Journal
Thanks for sharing and encouraging all of us, Ed!
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Prayers for Karly, Pat! And for mom and dad. May God give grace and strength to all of you!
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One of the easy things about being a member of a traditional church is that someone else takes responsibility for providing programs for your spiritual growth. Your job is to choose the program and show up! This can work for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Someone recently asked me what our African friends do at Christmas time. First I replied that most of them travel, if possible, to spend time with extended family and enjoy those relationships. There is no expectation around gifts that cannot... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Big things happen, really big things, when there are enough small, collective things taking place. We are not dreaming big enough. No, I’m not talking about how big each one of us can become, or how important each one of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at SimpleChurch Journal
Very happy that you found some encouragement, Susan. The journey may be 'simple' but not always easy!
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Simple/organic church folk might be key to the army God is preparing for needed global impact. Though progress is being made, some estimate there are still over 6,000 unreached people groups (out of 11,700 total people groups) in which less... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at SimpleChurch Journal
Good shares, Marc. I appreciate the input.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2017 on Solitude and Listening at SimpleChurch Journal
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An excerpt from the Simple/House Church Revolution book: Solitude and Listening If I were to point to one great need for us, as God’s people, who desire to experience a deeper intimacy with God, it would be the need for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at SimpleChurch Journal
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The call for the church is to always press in to more of God even when this means letting go of the very forms and formulations that got us to where we are. We always want to settle down into... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at SimpleChurch Journal
Good word, Patrick!
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2017 on Just One Disciple This Year at SimpleChurch Journal
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We can hear stories of thousands of disciples multiplying thousands of more disciples and wonder how that relates to our own situation. As someone who spends nearly an equal amount of time in Africa as in California, I understand this.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at SimpleChurch Journal
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If you have not seen this article, it’s a great read. I will post a few quotes here, but the whole article is worth the time. Bestselling author Francis Chan recently exposed his heart to Facebook employees, detailing why he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at SimpleChurch Journal
You are most welcome.
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Wish I had something other than that glib response, John. Will be praying with you that God will lead (probably equally glib). Sorry about that!
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Great comment from Patti. Amazing how 'forced' often becomes 'called.'
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"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." André Gide For those who left the shores of traditional church many years ago, and also for those who are just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Jun 19, 2017
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An excerpt from the Simple/House Church Revolution book: Just as every new living thing has in it the power to reproduce, in the same way new believers, who have received Jesus’ new life, have the power in them to reproduce.... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at SimpleChurch Journal