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December 1, 2012 by Paul Vroom 1 comments

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 brothers and sisters: baptism, profession of faith, the Lord’s Supper, becoming a member, elder or deacon....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: profession of faith, children's ministry, members

November 30, 2012 by Todd Paben 0 comments

Celebrating Advent

I recently came across this blog post from Bobby Gilles, communiation director for Sojourn Church, titled "What is Advent? Why & How You Should Observe It". I have been trying to figure out how or what to communicate about the Advent seaon. For some of us we have been celebrating Advent for years and have often found it to be a very worshipful time. For others, who might be newer in church celebrations, or the church calendar year, you might be wondering what is this Advent season - I thought we just had Christmas. ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship

October 20, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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?”...Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship

October 19, 2012 by Paul Vroom 1 comments

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 completely (at worst). But, experience has taught me that this isn’t just a problem with which seminarians are grappling. This hits everyone who spends time trying to know God better, be it through sermons, books, podcasts, discipleship relationships, or small groups. There is a perceived imminent danger of growing cold toward God....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: intellectual, devotional, discipleship, discipline, word, Scripture

October 2, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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!...Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship

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

September 20, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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 average Christian’s time on Sundays....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: worship, gathered worship, corporate worship, covenant community, community

September 13, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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 faithfully obedient in the proclamation and demonstration of the gospel (Acts 2:42-47). Please be prayerful about these hopes....Keep Reading

Posted in: Missional Life Tags: hospitality, leadership, members, Missio Dei Church, missio dei, missional, Missional Community, Missionary, Proclamation, Servants, Serve, Service, Stewards, worship

September 4, 2012 by Paul Vroom 1 comments

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....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: worship, missio dei, Missio Dei Church, Jesus Christ, Jesus, Redemption

August 29, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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 that the God of Israel is the King of the world. This is a fact that is true because of the life, death, resurrection, and enthronement of Jesus Messiah....Keep Reading

Posted in: Worship Tags: worship