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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

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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

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August 28, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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 (the Creator). Now, what is the “golden rule” of worship? Let me give it and then draw out two logical implications that the Bible teaches. First, the rule is simply this: you become like what you worship....Keep Reading

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

August 27, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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 when we talk about worship, we’re talking about whatever is most valuable to us. And that’s actually quite close to the biblical connotations for worship. The question of “what” or “who” is your god is the same as whatever you deem to be worthy of your ultimate service and awe....Keep Reading

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

August 26, 2012 by Paul Vroom 0 comments

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 same question. Now, it’s not the exact same as a Samaritan woman’s question in the 1st century, but there are similarities....Keep Reading

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

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: 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....Keep Reading

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