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July 21, 2017 by Paul Vroom 3 comments

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 thank you for this gift. I can say, with St. Paul, “you are all partakers of grace with me” (Philippians 1:7). You may be wondering why now and curious as to why pastors get “extra time off” when other good hard working people do not. These are good questions so, I will do my best to address them and other questions here as well....Keep Reading

Tags: sabbatical, rest, pastoral life, Church, rejuvenation, play

April 14, 2014 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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 why we should gather to remember Jesus’ death this Friday evening....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: Good Friday, Lent, Church, worship, Cross, 1 Timothy, Jesus Christ, crucifixion

May 16, 2013 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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....Keep Reading

Posted in: We Believe... Tags: baptism, Church, reformed, Calvinist, paedobaptist, Apostles Creed

January 2, 2013 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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; Paul was addressing something that we (culturally) struggle with and will continue to struggle with....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community Tags: members, Missio Dei Church, covenant community, Church, family

September 26, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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)....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community Tags: Church, members

August 23, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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 correction....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community Tags: Church, Serve, Servants, Sending, Gifts, giving, Jesus Christ, Stewards, Stewardship

August 16, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community Tags: community, Church, Fall, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Sin, Total Depravity, Genesis, Eden

August 8, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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!...Keep Reading

Posted in: Missional Life Tags: Church, Missio Dei Church, missional, New Lenox

July 22, 2012 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Meet Ron Sanford

On Sunday August 22, Missio Dei Church had the pleasure to meet and hear from Ron Sanford, the Executive Director for To Every Tribe Ministries. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Leadership Tags: Ron Sanford, To Every Tribe, Missions, Gospel, Jesus, Evangelize, people, global, Church

May 7, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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....Keep Reading

Posted in: Community Tags: Church, conflict, ecclesiology, together, Missional Community