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!”...Keep Reading
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How can we be focusing special attention on exceptional hospitality and purposeful welcome? We want people to be able to find their home here and ultimately, to find their home in Jesus. Here are some ideas!...
Hooray! After almost a year, we’re excited to offer a modified Kids Crossing experience! For the months of March and April, nursery and one Kids Crossing class will be provided on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month (March 14/28, April 11/25). (Decisions regarding a schedule for May will be made once we are closer to that time.) We can’t wait to see the kiddos of MDC again!...
According to our Book of Church Order, an elder is called an overseer of the flock and household of God. This means that the elders are required to govern and rule over all the affairs of the church. “It belongs to the office of elder, both severally and jointly, to watch diligently over the flock committed to their charge, that no corruption of doctrine or of morals enter therein” (BCO 8-3). This overseeing work involves meeting frequently to deal with matters that require a great deal of biblical discernment and wisdom. Most church members do not realize how important this overseeing function is or realize how great are the sacrifices our elders make for the well-being of this church. Be praying for your Session as they meet tonight....
Yesterday morning I spent some extended time in our sanctuary praying for each of you by name. As your pastor and as a fellow human walking through this strange and extremely disruptive and exhaustive season, I want you to know that am concerned for each of you. I know the condition of my own heart (see this Facebook post) and I think I can safely assume it maybe be true of yours in one way or another as well. ...
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...Keep Reading
If we fulfill the first commandment, it will have radical, radical implicaitons on how we love others....Keep Reading
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....Keep Reading
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.”...Keep Reading
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?...Keep Reading
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....Keep Reading
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!...Keep Reading
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...Keep Reading
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....Keep Reading