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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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Who is the hero in the story? As humans, we love heroes. We want to create heroes. We even want to be heroes. Our heroes are slightly more than human. They are important. They are politicians. Or people of great... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at SimpleChurch Journal
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You can now register for the upcoming “Simple/House Church Revolution Online Course.” Beginning date is March 2. NOTE, you can register immediately as there are only 8 spaces remaining on a first come, first served basis! The goal of this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at SimpleChurch Journal
Planting seeds of the word of God, as God leads, is always good and never futile. He calls each of us to sow in different fields. I appreciate your faithfulness and also your encouragement that God is the one who makes things grow. Let's keep planting and watering without regard for recognition!
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2021 on Kingdom Movements in the USA at SimpleChurch Journal
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Tim, your evaluation seems sound. For myself, I feel the best way to challenge and correct the status quo in church and in mission is to live the commands of Christ myself and let the fruit of that lifestyle speak for itself. “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us (Phil 3:17).” I am sure you feel the same way. God help us to be faithful.
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2021 on Kingdom Movements in the USA at SimpleChurch Journal
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Gavin, look forward to connecting.
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2021 on Kingdom Movements in the USA at SimpleChurch Journal
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The excellent magazine, Mission Frontiers, has devoted an entire issue (available online) to movements in western contexts, specifically the USA. Some of the articles are good for sparking ideas and dreams of what can happen as God releases his church... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Jeff Christopherson writes an article in Christianity Today that is pointing in the right direction. You can read the full article here: When Culture Tilts Away from your Church. Here are some highlights: Thinking differently can be difficult. Our ruts... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2020 at SimpleChurch Journal
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After a 10 year hiatus, it is very exciting to see the House2House website running again. Tony and Felicity Dale, along with others, first started a print magazine in 2000. Their subsequent website, books, and training have had a tremendous... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at SimpleChurch Journal
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"For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength." 1 Corinthians 1:25 Westerners love methods and tools. I see it in our churches where we plan programs and services... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2020 at SimpleChurch Journal
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I recently ran across this quote from Alan Hirsch: "It is LOVE that is the final defense of the faith. Jesus actually expected no other kind of apologetic when he said that it is by our love that the world... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2020 at SimpleChurch Journal
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This is a reprisal of a post I wrote several years ago as a reminder that each one of us has an identity as Christ's ambassador, as a disciple-maker and, thus ultimately, as a church planter. Several years ago, at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at SimpleChurch Journal
Sorry about that. I believe I got the link fixed. But the article is "Bait and Switch" by Wayne Jacobsen.
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2020 on Are You a Christian? at SimpleChurch Journal
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There is an older article by Wayne Jacobsen that raises issues still relevant for today. I would love to hear your take on it. You can read the whole article here while following are some excerpts: "Are you a Christian?"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2020 at SimpleChurch Journal
Since the Covid virus has altered our lives, I have posted about the possible opportunities of these times: Virtual gatherings - developing our community life with online tools Missional opportunities that may have arisen due to life uncertainties of those... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2020 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Is it possible that we have been given the opportunity of a lifetime for people to respond to the Gospel? Does the uncertainty of our time create openness in people’s hearts like never before? It is certainly possible. My question... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at SimpleChurch Journal
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I want to do three things: Share some of my own experiences with house church via group video chat. Invite you to share, if you have experience with virtual house church gatherings, by commenting at the end of the post.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Recently I heard someone talk about the catalytic influence of a likeminded friend. As I thought about this, I realized how common this really is. I think of people who have started disciple-multiplying movements that have reached thousands in overseas... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2020 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Here is the latest and only current site that I know of where they are working toward keeping a current directory of house churches. This is how they describe their directory: This new national house church directory site offers: 1)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at SimpleChurch Journal
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You can now register for the upcoming “Simple/House Church Revolution Online Course.” Beginning date is February 9. NOTE, you can register immediately as there are only 15 spaces remaining on a first come, first served basis! The goal of this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2020 at SimpleChurch Journal
This is an excellent counter-balancing comment, Egmont: "There are also times when we have to stay and go on faithfully with whatever the Lord has asked us to do." Absolutely! Thanks for sharing.
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“The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” John 3:8 You are likely reading this because you have demonstrated an openness to new paradigms and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2020 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Sometimes we wait. We don’t know what the next step is. We wait on God. We have left a church situation not knowing what is next, and now we wait. We want to connect organically with ‘house church’ people, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2019 at SimpleChurch Journal
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(Re-posted from 10/16/12) Some may still believe that the “call of God” is for those select few who have a ‘higher’ purpose than others: to be ‘in ministry,’ or to be ‘a pastor,’ or to serve in ‘fulltime Christian service’... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2019 at SimpleChurch Journal
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(Re-posted from 11/25/13) I believe we have seen a profound movement, over the past decade or two, of people metamorphosing out of religious mindsets and structured church settings into a greater freedom in Christ. However, I sense that many who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2019 at SimpleChurch Journal
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The exceptionally fruitful leaders in Africa that we work with often remind us of the significance of praying for and obediently seeking out the person of peace. The person of peace (Luke 10, Matthew 10) is one who opens the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at SimpleChurch Journal