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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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(This was first posted in 2010. But, as I am traveling in Africa I am reminded that these simple discipleship principles have led to movements throughout East Africa that we have had the privilege of being involved in. David Watson... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SimpleChurch Journal
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There are challenges in the organic/simple church movement: Believers seeking the latest fad rather than a deeper lifestyle of faith and sacrifice. Churches that are simply smaller versions of institutional ones. People attending house churches to see if this model... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at SimpleChurch Journal
All good points, Tim. You are so very right that mostly the opposite principles are practiced throughout so much of churchianity.
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Since I am currently in Africa working with phenomenally fruitful leaders, I thought it would be good to share a few “key words” on church planting movements. These words are adapted from Galen Currah who adapted them originally from David... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at SimpleChurch Journal
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(This was first posted in 2014, but I wanted to share again because of its importance). I have found that the key to our gatherings is to learn to listen to the Holy Spirit-- all of us. In my past... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at SimpleChurch Journal
I will surely be praying with you for God's direction and that you and your wife will have peace, together, in His leading.
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2019 on Calcuttas Are Everywhere at SimpleChurch Journal
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Thanks so much for your comment, Marta. You make a very good point! We need to be careful about assumptions. At the same time, each of us does have a calling (no matter where we are from economically) to find our place as Jesus' expression in the world where He calls us to join Him "to bring Good News to the poor... to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free..." And, yes, those oppressed can be among the most economically advantaged. My point is that we are willing to find our place, wherever that is, and join Jesus in His work. I hope that is what came through in the post!
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2019 on Calcuttas Are Everywhere at SimpleChurch Journal
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There are many different ways for individuals and simple church communities to express missional impact in the world. But, both mission and community-life are important and there is an intentional rhythm to both. Recently I was talking to a friend... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2019 at SimpleChurch Journal
Thanks for your insights here, Ed. Very practical and very challenging. "A company sold out..."
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Tim, I really like the important distinction you make between "like the early church" and "like the Bible specifically instructs." An excellent and helpful observation! Thanks for pointing it out!
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Will do. Have not yet read Maximum Faith.
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Francis Chan, always an engaging writer, provides a current and fresh look at God’s design for what we commonly call “church.” Rather than comment myself, let me share several quotes and just encourage you to make this a must read!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2019 at SimpleChurch Journal
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You can now register for the upcoming “Simple/House Church Revolution Online Course.” Beginning date is January 22. NOTE, you can register immediately as there are only 12 spaces remaining on a first come, first served basis! The goal of this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at SimpleChurch Journal
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I have been thinking that my longing to see unreached people continues to be a driving passion in my own life—especially those who have never had the opportunity to really hear and understand the Good News that Jesus has for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at SimpleChurch Journal
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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 Nov 13, 2018 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