NBC News Reports on House Church In U.S.

Below NBC News Reports on House Church Trends in the U.S. This is a great picture of some practical reasons why many American Christians are seeking out more personal, intimate, & financially practical ways of “Being the Church”. Statistics show that billions of dollars are spent each year in America on church buildings. Many Americans are choosing to meet in places that already belong to them…their homes! This frees up tons of money to be used for other purposes. Of course, there are many other reasons that we, as a family, and I.G. as an organization choose to pursue Jesus in these types of contexts. Yes, it is beautiful for financial resources to be freed up. It’s great that in these contexts each individual gets to, for the first time, start playing an ACTIVE role in where their resources are used. But, we also love things like the beautiful intimacy of relationship that cannot be avoided in these contexts. We love that each person involved must play an active role in the community and making disciples. We love getting to see ordinary followers of Jesus empowered to live out the most basic teachings of Jesus for the first time in their Christian lives. This is a beautiful thing…

Check out the NBC News Report…

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Simple Obedience.

God has been teaching us SO much over the past couple years. One of the main things has been what He truly desires of us as followers of Him…simple obedience. Our hope is that the realization of His “free” grace would fuel that obedience, and not performance/obedience in order to earn grace. In the midst of that we have discovered our tendency to do the “flashy” things that draw attention, & make the headlines in an attempt to “satisfy man’s expectations”…

I was VERY encouraged this morning when I read a blog that our friend Chelsea posted. We’ve known Chelsea, & her husband Dustin for two years now. About 5 months ago, along with the Hudgin’s, we decided to take our relationships to a new level. We embarked on a journey to “be the church” together in a very raw, deep, and relational way. We started a new church together. It was simple obedience. It wasn’t flashy, forced, or energy draining. It was life giving. It’s what we know God desired of us. The key however, was that we had to remove the clutter we had put on our “plates” attempting to “please God”, “be a good Christian”, or seek to satisfy man’s expectations, and press into that simple obedience. I’ll stop now, and let you read Chelsea’s beautiful words describing all of our family’s journey together…

CLICK HERE TO READ CHELSEA’S BLOG.

(The first bit is about our dinner outing this past weekend as we celebrated our adventure together over the past 6 months, and enjoyed one another one last time before the move(s).

1 Year Anniversary & REALationships.

Morgan and I spent last weekend with two of our close friends who live in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. They got married in June, and moved from Dallas to Ocean Springs to help start an Acts 29 church called “Mosaic”. The Lord did something beautiful in each of us over the weekend as we poured into one another, and watched as the Lord grew us closer to each other and Himself. We experienced beautiful community together as we cooked meals, planted a garden, prayed, rested, sharpened, and spoke wisdom into each others lives about marriage and serving Christ with our all.


We planted a garden with the Taylor’s at their new home! Fully equipped with Basil, Cilantro, Parsley, and Flowers!


We drove an hour west to New Orleans and spent some time there.


Lunch at the “Mellow Mushroom”


We all prepared a 5 course meal together, and spent the entire evening eating and drinking to the Glory of God. Beautiful.

Monday, October 20th was mine and Morgan’s 1 year anniversary. After spending the weekend with the Taylor’s they dropped us off in New Orleans at a Hostel. It was RAD. We all have a lot to learn from “hostel life”.

Above: India House Hostel – New Orleans, LA.

Above: On the beach on Ocean Springs…Morgan wrote our wedding date in the sand!

We spent the day touring New Orleans on our anniversary.

On Monday we checked into a little bed and breakfast in New Orleans to rest and relax…

This was a beautiful time of rest for both of us. We had a great time, and enjoyed one another as we celebrated our first wonderful year of being married. Thank you Jesus.