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A Profound Sense of Gratitude

Thank-You

Each time I think of you, I experience a profound sense of gratitude. Your determination to honor the Lord keeps me going in my own call to serve Missio Dei Church. Ministry is an amazing call, full of great joys and significant moments in people’s lives: officiating weddings, presiding over funerals, seeing first-hand how lives are changed for Christ. But it’s also fu...

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#FearNot #StandFirm

Admittedly, there are many moments in my pastoral life where I feel like I have to take the reins and take control. I need to orchestrate something "powerful" or meaningful. I need to bring things that are or feel like they are in chaos to some semblance of order. I need to make sure that I put all the right people in the right places. What is at the core of these momen...

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Peace, the World, and My Sweaty Pits

I worry. And when I say worry, I mean I can be absolutely anxiety ridden with the best of them. I get sweaty pits, increased heart rate, and mental and emotional gymnastics that can keep me up at night. There are times where I want to crawl down into a bunker and just hide it out. Those moments feel like storms, and I just want them to magically blow away. I want them to b...

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Christ in You: The Hope of Judges

We live in a day today where hope seems to be slowly fading away. It is in those moments that we need to be reminded that there is a light and high beauty that forever exists beyond the reach of darkness. This is why we started a message series titled "Christ in You: The Hope of Judges." The book of Judges is a collection of stories stitched together to showcase God's reso...

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Racial Brokenness in America and Our Gospel Response

We as a church and as a denomination are all hungry for a church that looks more like Revelation 7: "A great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb crying out with a loud voice, 'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'" (Revelation 7:...

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Moving Forward to Phase 4: Sunday, July 5

Tuesday, June 16 Good morning, friends and family! Missio Dei Church is cautiously and excitedly moving towards a return to gathered worship on Sunday, July 5. I cannot express to you how excited I am about this. I hope you are too! Our fellowship promises to be sweet with one another and the Lord. What a delight it will be to greet friends again, hear familiar voices li...

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Preparing for Reopening

Friends, I want to thank all of you who responded to the survey from the Elders. Your feedback was very helpful. Here are the results from your brothers and sisters regarding when they feel comfortable returning to a modified form of gathered worship at our normal location (some answered as a household and some answered individually): Now: 51.7% Mid-June: 13.8% Mid ...

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Officer Nominations - 2019

This Nomination Ballot is one of the first of many steps in the selection of Elders and Deacons to serve Missio Dei Church. We ask that you, after praying, reflecting thoughtfully, meditating over Scripture, and observing the behavior of the potential people, nominate up to four biblically qualified male individuals for elder and four biblically qualified men for deacon, a...

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Discipline of Friendship

I pray that Missio Dei Church - PCA becomes a family where deep, authentic, gospel-centered friendships are fostered. You know, the kind where we are willing to risk our temporary discomfort for long-term joy. God, would You make us good friends...

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Brother, Be Encouraged

For the past couple of years, I have had the personal privilege of serving as the chairman of the Shepherding Committee for the Chicago Metro Presbytery.The committee has a plethora of administrative duties (transferring pastors in and out, making recommendations to the presbytery regarding calls, providing advice to churches, etc.). Ultimately, the committee is challenged...

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Catechism is starting up!

We are excited to start up this fall on Sunday, September 9, 2018. On that particular Sunday, we will not expect anything from the students but to bring notes from the sermon. We will spend some time talking about class expectations (study, memorization, sermon note taking, etc.)....

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Let me get this straight...

Through Amos we hear God speaking to a people that closed their ears to his word, who had forgotten their God, so the Lord rises up and roars over his people. God’s message, spoken through Amos, is equally uncomfortable, but vitally relevant, for the Church today. Does Missio Dei Church - PCA need the book of Amos? Absolutely! Does the Village of Manhattan need the bo...

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Why I Am Taking a Sabbatical?

Last year, I asked the elders of our church for a sabbatical for the 2017 calendar year, and they graciously granted my request. So from August 13 through September 10 of this year, I will be on sabbatical. That means I will be disengaged from life and ministry of Missio Dei Church, and my regular work here at the church will be handled by others. Upfront I want to say tha...

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Happy 10th Anniversary!

I think we can officially say, "Happy 10th Anniversary!" This weekend, nearly 10 years ago, after fifteen months of learning together and training, we started Missio Dei Church....

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Seasons of Life and Ministry

I will never forget my first encounters with Todd Paben. He was a squirrelly teenager with Jimmy Neutron styled hair who was dating a girl who attended my youth ministry at Peace Community Church. I'll never forget how God grasped his heart one particular evening during a series on relationships. I won't forget the countless hours poured into discipling a young man who rav...

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Finish Strong

Over the past two years, the church as given over $301,000 towards the Ministry and Operating fund. This number includes $20,000 given towards the Camiola Family and Grace Gardens in Jos, Nigeria. In Matthew 6:21, Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I feel like we’re showing Jesus where our hearts are by how much we’ve increased...

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Shepherding Covenant Youth Through Prayer

Last night we had a first... Five of the thirteen in our gathering were covenant youth younger than 12! ...

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Some Colossians Resources for Growth

As you probably discovered last week, I am really excited about our new sermon series through the book of Colossians called "The Core: Living with Jesus at the Center." So that you can get the most out of this series, I am going to provide you with some resources!...

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Shepherding the shepherd

So, with Pastor Appreciation Month kicking off October 1, can I encourage you to do something with me? Pave the way for excellence and health in your pastor by shepherding your shepherd. Yep. You can do that....

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Pastor's Wife Appreciation Month

This month is Pastor’s Wife Appreciation Month. Can I encourage you to encourage her? Be creative! Go nuts with how you do it (just dont ask for too much of her time)! Bless her with a simple and yet encouraging text, email or Facebook post, a cup of coffee (Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks), prayer, a date night with her hubby, etc....

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Investigating Communion

For those of you who have been around for any length of time, you know that we have now for nearly six – seven years been celebrating communion on a weekly basis. The sweet words “The body of Christ broken for you” and “The blood of Christ poured out for you” have been heart-warming words. We have been thankful remembrance of Christ’s ongoing work in our life, ...

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The Waiting | Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Deep in the heart of every human being, there is a longing for freedom, rest, restoration, and ultimately, a longing for true and lasting joy. We all desire to be caught up in a greater story, one that is not whirling out of control, much like our lives, but is rooted in something, or Someone, that is unshakeable. Someone that understands our longings, our hopes, our desir...

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Getting the Most out of Gathering with Jesus’ People

You know how it happens. You have every intention of being with the church on Sunday. In your mind it is all planned out. Then, you wake up late. Or, your baby has a last-minute blow out. Or, streets are closed. Maybe you arrive on time, but you’re distracted. She took my seat. Is that guy sleeping? Did I wear this outfit last week too? Where is my pen? Is that a new fam...

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Moving Forward with the PCA

We have been released from the Reformed Church in America to the Presbyterian Church in America! As we looked to the future, our vision and mission, convictions, and consciences drew us to our new denominational home, the Presbyterian Church in America. Knowing that there is no such thing as a perfect denomination, we believe we will find greater unity on issues that we co...

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Thank You Friends

So, here is my confession: There is a group of men that I can honestly stay that I love. They are spread out across the globe. They have encouraged me, prayed for me, challenged me, and have consistently pointed me to Christ. Who are these men? They are a group of pastors. Through the ministry of friendship they have caused me to flourish....

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My church is definitely NOT the best!

For some reason, during the summer months (or around holidays or special functions) I have noticed in some Facebook posts that there is a kind of pride or hype in many Christians’ posts that say, “my church was better than yours” or “Pastor ____ is the best!” or “no one can do ___ like our church!”...

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Why Attend the Good Friday Gathering? (Especially if you have kids)

Since Missio Dei Church’s gathering is at 6:30 PM in the evening, there can be concerns about missed bedtimes and the resultant chaos the following day. Since it’s a Friday, many of us have a rhythm to our week that revolves around time out with friends and family. Those are good and important, but perhaps they need to be interrupted this year. Here are a few reasons w...

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Radical Implications for Loving God

If we fulfill the first commandment, it will have radical, radical implicaitons on how we love others....

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Seven years

Seven years. Yep. It’s been seven years. Seven years ago today. Missio Dei Church had her grand opening at Mokena Elementary School and I am amazed at God’s providential care throughout each and every year....

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Here I am. Send me.

Sometimes there are certain sermons that I preach that continue to “haunt” me. I am still reveling in the implications of last week’s sermon of the only logical response to our glorious God of grace is, “Here am I. Send me.”...

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Hearing God

I had a great theological discussion with my children this morning on the way to school. The question that was asked is "What does God's voice sound like? I mean, how do we hear God's voice?" How would you answer this question?...

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Thank You Pastors

I love pastors. I am a pastor and some of my dearest friends and role models are pastors. October is Pastor Appreciation Month so I thought I would give a shout out to all the pastors who labor so lovingly and sacrificially for the Lord in service to His people....

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The City iPhone app is now available for our church!

The City team has worked hard to build and deliver a delightful, native iPhone app experience, and they are excited to have our church use it and let them know what we think!...

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And fourthly, a paedobaptist

It was also in that post where I respectively placed paedo-baptism and being Presbyterian in fourth and fifth place. Here me say this before you jump to any conclusions: I don’t consider Christian baptism insignificant, but I believe the debate between infant-baptists and believer-baptists has been elevated to a position of unhealthy prominence in the Christian community...

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John Duncan and me

My first priority is Jesus Christ; He has called me to be His disciple, so I am to pick up my cross, deny myself, follow Him, and encourage others to do the same....

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Am I becoming more generous?

God loves a cheerful giver. He delights in receiving the spontaneous offerings that flow from joyful hearts as expressions of trust and gratitude to God for what He has done and in who He is. Our giving is to be purposeful and according to our ability (Acts 11:27-30; 1 Peter 4:10, 11; 2 Corinthians 8:10-14). ...

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What is my modus operandi?

Our default modus operandi for interaction, particularly when we disagree, is mean-edged sarcasm and cynicism. It’s as if we don’t know how to make a point without it being at the end of an arrow aimed for someone’s heart. ...

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Worship | A Zeal for Your House

This Sunday we are going to be walking through Luke 19:41-48 where Jesus clears the Court of the Gentiles. Jesus has a red hot zeal for worship. His zeal for worshiping God was to be extended to all the nations! We see Jesus halting the traffic of those who were using the Court of Gentiles as a shortcut - "he “would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple....

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I don't know what that even means

Well, as a pastor whose life is found ruminating on theological chunck and tibits, I sometimes quickly forget that not everyone is traveling with me, reading the same books as I am (or understand the context of sentences that I may have pulled out of a paragraph, which is located in a chapter, which is embedded in a book) or even in the same place spiritually or theologica...

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Property Ministry: Using Your Time and Talent

Are you a hands-on, action-oriented person? If yes, then your help is needed!...

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Don't Waste Your Easter!

Many Christians get riled up about Satan’s attacks on Christmas. Santa, tinsel, and gifts get in the way of seeing the baby in the manger. I get that. However, I get more upset about what our enemy does with Easter. I’m not just talking about fuzzy bunnies and egg hunts, although those do turn our gaze away from the empty tomb. I’m talking about something more insidi...

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Change the Story.

Missio Dei Church is here to change the story....

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This is Your Green Light

Every story of influence and impact has a "once upon a time." There has never been a world changing idea that was already happening, there has never been an epic story without a beginning, and there will never be a person of influence without a starting point to the journey. This is the story of creation. This is your story....

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The Heart of a Pastor | Prayerlessness

I have to confess something: all day yesterday there was a deep desire to just cancel Second Tuesday Prayer (our monthly elder-led prayer gathering for Missio Dei Church). I just didn't feel like praying. It has been very busy season of life for the Vroom family and honestly, I just wanted to take the night off, but I pushed forward....

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Friends with Benefits?

This morning in my devotions, I read through 1 Corinthians 11:17-28. It was a tremendous reminder of the importance of Christ, and Him alone, remaining central to Missio Dei Church. Normally this section of Scripture is used as instructions about the Lord’s Supper and to prepare oneself for communion, but as I was sitting in Paul’s words something jumped out at me; Pau...

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Year End Giving: Consider Missio Dei Church

As 2012 comes to a close and you think about year end giving, consider giving to Missio Dei Church. A friend of mine once told me that church planting requires three things: God, people, and cash. It's true. Planting and leading a young church is a big project that requires a lot of help. ...

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Parking Dilemma and Our Hospitality

The parking challenge is as real as our opportunities to serve one another and our guests!...

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Radical Hospitality

People are searching for churches that make them feel welcome and loved, needed, and accepted. I have heard it said of guests coming to check out a church for the first time that “This Sunday is the only Sunday that counts.” The impressions that person makes of a worshiping community are quickly developed within minutes (or dare I say seconds?) of walking into a wors...

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A Letter to Grace's Mentors

We recognize is that our journey is not over just because she has professed her faith. We know that as her parents we have the ongoing primary responsibility to disciple our children. Each and every day we have the privilege to teach our children the ways of God and his goodness (Deuteronomy 6:4-11)....

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Profession of Faith - Grace Vroom

Milestones. Kids’ lives are filled with them: first smile, first tooth, first word, first step, first day of school, first time behind the wheel.... Doting parents record these important milestones in baby books and flood the inboxes of family and friends with emails and Facebook updates. But there are other milestones as well... "the ones we celebrate in the church with...

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What Does Your Worship Say About God?

Mark Altrogge asks what kind of a statement we make about God in the way we worship. It’s worth thinking about: “If an outsider came into your Sunday meeting and observed you worshiping, what would he conclude you think about God?”...

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Engaging the mind without losing the heart?

One question I recently received was this: “How do you engage the mind without losing the heart?” It seems that everyone I meet has a personal or second-hand horror story about a chipper, well-intentioned believer bouncing off to seminary or a Christian college only to have their once-vibrant relationship with God cool to an ember (at best) or be snuffed out complet...

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Our Soft Reopening

What’s missing in this picture? Well, it is you! We have been working hard in getting all those last minute details in place so that we can start worshiping at 123 West Wood Street- THIS SUNDAY!...

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When Should I Leave My Church?

Every once in awhile I see (personal experience or through social media) or hear about how former attenders or church members poorly leave a church they can no longer commit to for one reason or another. In time, I will write about when and how one should leave a church, but for now, I will let you in on some wise words from Tim Challies (HT)....

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Will we see you Sunday?

Every week the church, Missio Dei Church gathers to worship. Throughout the North American landscape, we see that there is a growing lack of prioritizing of the gathering of the church. Family birthday celebrations, trips for the zoo with the kids, a day in the city, little league games, lawn mowing, or just a family day at home for tired souls are all vying for the averag...

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Hopes for Missio Dei Church

There are several hopes that we as the leadership of Missio Dei have for this next season of ministry as we transition to our Missional Outpost in New Lenox. The church is an identity of God’s “called out” and “gathered people,” whose foundation is God’s revelation and the work of Christ (Matt. 16:13-20). Therefore, we want to be faith...

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Cubs, Brewers, and Our Worship

If you know me well enough, you probably know that I don’t really follow baseball, I can’t give you any stats about the players or the teams that they play for, nor do I honestly care, but I do enjoy a good game and all that come with it (beer, hot dogs, friends, etc.) and watching people and their responses to the game....

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Worship | One Public Voice

There is silence. Everyone’s mouths are closed and a single vocalist steps up to the microphone. She takes a deep breath and releases an effortless stream of pure tone. This audio-joy fills the room and the beauty cleans you from the inside out. This is a picture of what the Church is like. She gets to sing a beautiful message to the world about Jesus. That message is...

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Worship | The Golden Rule

D.A. Carson, Tim Keller, N.T. Wright, Mark Driscoll, etc.: they all say this in one way or another. Why do they all agree? Because the Bible is so clear about this principle. In some ways, the whole story of the Bible’s conflict after Genesis 3, that is the theme of sin, is really the conflict between the worship of idols (created things) and the worship of the true god ...

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Worship | What's It Worth to You?

The Oxford dictionary will tell you that the English word “worship” is derived from the old English weorthscipe, which means ‘worthiness, acknowledgement of worth’. It denotes anything that is of supreme worth or value. Obviously, that’s not where the Greek, Aramaic, or Hebrew word comes from, but that’s another blog post for another day. The point here is that...

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Worship | Where Do You Worship?

Around 2000 years ago this was the type of question the one woman used to sidetrack a conversation she was having with Jesus (John 4). The scene is pure genius on Jesus’s part. This is classic Messiah-stuff. He follows her rabbit trail and brings it back around to the point he wanted to make all along. Love it. It’s funny how Christians in the west still bring up that ...

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An Investor Mentality

Some fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy gave his famous Inaugural Speech. The line “ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country” is easily identified. It was a call to sacrifice and service. As an American this is a call that we still need to hear. In a country that is showing an ever-increasing entitlement attitude, it is a needed c...

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Gospel-Centered Relationships: New Creation Living

Our gospel-centered relationships must reflect this truth. We were once broken and sinful and in need of a Savior (the Fall). Christ has redeemed us by his blood (Redemption). This points us toward how we should now live (New Creation). This is “new creation living.” Our relationships should reflect the way relationships will be in the New Heavens and New Earth....

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Gospel-Centered Relationships: Gospel Centrality

Again, living in true community together magnifies our need for a Savior. The beauty of the gospel is that it not only restores our relationship with our creator God but it restores our relationships with one another as well....

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Gospel-Centered Relationships: A Reflection of Eden

A proper understanding of sin also points to the fact that relationships are messy. When people live in community together it is no different. Actually, it magnifies our sin and our need for a Savior. This brings us to the nucleus of Gospel-Centered Relationships....

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Gospel-Centered Relationships: An Introduction

Community. It sounds like a really great word, doesn’t it? We all crave it. We are all part of different kinds of communities. We dream of or deeply desire a perfect, almost utopian kind of community. We have all experienced at one time or another a community that has been rich, meaningful, life-altering and something to work towards. But here is the reality: community i...

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Temporary Gathering Space

Because of that starting Sunday, August 19, Missio Dei Church will be gathering for worship at Oster-Oakview Elementary School in at 809 N. Cedar Road in New Lenox and will be meeting there until the building is renovated (approximately through the end of September)! We will still be meeting at our regular worship time of 9:30 AM!...

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Priesthood in Your Neighborhood

Key to our theology of place is that we understand that we are priests. ...

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Missions is Who We Are

Mission is not something we do, it's something we are. The concept of mission is rooted in the Missio Dei....

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Re-Salinization Plant

Missio Dei Church is on an exciting ride and we would like to include you in it! After five years of being mobile, we are going to be leasing a building that will serve as our Missional Outpost. We want this building to serve us (versus us serving it) by it being a "Re-Salinization Plant." ...

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No ship should sail alone

Contemporary Christian men, whether they can verbalize it or not, want to know that they are loved right now. They long to be loved, invested in, fathered by men who want to see them reach their full potential in Christ. Legitimate, healthy, and biblical father-son relationships are critical....

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Resources for Studying Together: Titus

What I saw last night was men laboring together over Titus 1:1-3, laughing together, and ultimately taking a step out of their comfort zones and growing together. I know that the more that we meet together to pore over Scripture, the more this will be common place in our church and our families. We will also be personally deeply transformed as our minds are renewed (Romans...

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A Minister's Confession

It amazes me how someone else's words can so speak the longings in my own heart. In large part this prayer is from the perspective of the pastor, but I'm sure there are elements here that would apply to all of us as we seek to serve our Lord. And so I just offer this as my prayer today, for myself and for my brother pastors, as well as for each and everyone who seeks His g...

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Update: The Church Has a Missional Outpost

Today, we met with the representatives of the Chicago Central District of the Nazarene (CCDN) to hammer out details about the building on Wood Street in New Lenox. Let's just say that I believe that prayer works!...

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Sometimes It's So Hard To Go To Church

Let's face it folks: sometimes it ain't easy going to church. Church can be really messy, sticky, frustrating business sometimes....

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Honouring Vanilla Men

How do we honor elders who have spiritual oversight of the church? Carl Trueman has some thoughts!...

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What if the church changes the signals it gave?

All because we love our community and we love and serve our community our community because Christ instructs us to love our neighbors (John 10:25-36) and served (Philippians 2:1-11) us!...

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Bread Truck Mondays and the Gospel

Bread truck Mondays become an essential part of my spiritual journey of relying more fully on Christ and his complete work in my life. They aren't just the crappy parts that you want to discard or forget about, but they become necessary reminders for needing the Gospel in increasing and daily ways. My prayer for myself and Missio Dei Church is that we as broken but redeeme...

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A Living Hermeneutic

My wife says I need a prayer filter. You see, I pray that God sends us messy people and He always seems to answer and often it is uncomfortable. Sometimes God sends us new people on Sunday mornings whose lives are messy and are looking for hope that the world cannot offer. Sometimes it is from within our church family… we finally are honest with our own mess and we allow...

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Happy Reformation Day!

One of the things that brought Luther to the point of posting his 95 thesis was his love for Scripture. This Sunday, you will find in our aisles new English Standard Version Bibles....

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Happy Reformation Day!

Edit Today is Reformation Day, the day we celebrate the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. October 31 stands as the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. Luther, when he did this, surely had no apprehension of just how significant an event this would be. And yet this act now stands as a defining moment in history...

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Real Community: what our souls are crying out for

This word - community - that we throw around (sometimes cavalierly) is, in practice, pretty tough. Part of what Jesus was teaching his twelve disciples by calling them to join an itinerant ministry for three years was that they would have nothing to depend on - stable jobs, comfortable homes, or guaranteed meals - but each other. Collectively, they would have to call on Go...

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