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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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