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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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No matter what stage of my walk with Jesus I am in, I find myself frequently challenged to 'take courage' and step out of the boat when Jesus calls. Have we lost the art of risk when it comes to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SimpleChurch Journal
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As we travel in Africa this month, I am reminded that God is doing something special through those who find themselves seeking and living simple/organic expressions of church life. In fact, you might be key to the army God is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2018 at SimpleChurch Journal
Amen, Tim. Thanks for sharing Hebrews 10. Very powerful!
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I posted this several years ago. But it is a good reminder to myself and, hopefully, all of us regardless of what context we are in. I have found that the key to our gatherings is to learn to listen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at SimpleChurch Journal
Love the way you express this, Tim. Appreciate the thoughts!
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2018 on Multiple Micro Communities at SimpleChurch Journal
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Like the way you said your simple church gang fires up your "up" and "in." Thanks for sharing, Doug.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2018 on Multiple Micro Communities at SimpleChurch Journal
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One of the greatest obstacles for disciple making movements where we work in Africa is other Christians who don't understand it. But love them all...
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2018 on Multiple Micro Communities at SimpleChurch Journal
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Thanks for sharing, Josiane, how you walk out your ekklesia expressions.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2018 on Multiple Micro Communities at SimpleChurch Journal
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Someone noted that “thinking outside of the box keeps you from suffocating inside of one.” We must continue to allow God to shape us and our expressions of his church (ekklesia). He is an innately creative God. It is in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Sometimes we can look at the church here in the west and wonder if we, as followers of Jesus, are impacting people at all. Is the leaven of our lives working its way into the lump of worldly dough that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Some excellent twitter-thoughts from a variety of folk I follow: Steve Simms @CSteveSimms When I read the book of Acts & see the passion & joy of early Christianity, I wonder what happened? __________________________________________ Rob Ross @oikosministries “The model we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at SimpleChurch Journal
Good question. Paul differentiates between "the traditions of men" (Colossians 2:8) and the "traditions you were taught" (2 Thes 2:15). Looking at the context of these verses helps to understand. What do you think the difference between these two are?
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2018 on Clinging to Human Traditions at SimpleChurch Journal
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“You put aside the commandment of God to cling to human traditions (Mark 7:8). Jesus repeatedly challenged his disciples to avoid the yeast of the Pharisees who placed the traditions of men above the commandments and word of God “How... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at SimpleChurch Journal
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There are two truths championed by simple/organic church paradigms that are vital to the health of the whole church: There are no superstars in the Kingdom of God. Rather, spiritually speaking, we are all superstars equally filled with the Spirit,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2018 at SimpleChurch Journal
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There is nothing like Victor Chouhrie to keep our compasses pointed true-north and to… well... challenge us. Victor has one of the most fruitful ministries ever with thousands of churches planted and hundreds of thousands of baptisms in India. You... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at SimpleChurch Journal
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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