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Pray for College Students

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: General, Parenting

The end of August is a transitional time for the many families preparing to send children off to college. I serve on the board of directors for a national Christian fraternity because I have a special place in my heart for the college-aged man and woman. I personally try to visit my alma mater whenever I can.

A New Website

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: General

The ability to communicate well is important—especially in today’s tech-driven world. We’ve all struggled to find meaning in vague text messages, squinted at badly designed blogs in teensy, tiny print and thrown up our hands at awkward, hard-to-navigate websites. When the medium isn’t clear, the message can be hard to understand. That’s why, as a church, ...

How the Bible and Homework Can Help Your Child

Author: Matt TonneCategory: Parenting

Recently I had coffee with a father, and we started talking about his son’s daily homework requirements from school. For an allotted amount of time, the boy was meant to read a book of his choosing. This particular father encouraged his son to read the Bible during these sessions. It’s a brilliant idea, and it led me to think about how this dad’s suggestion offers both ...

More on Ferguson and White Privilege

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

This morning I tweeted out two sentences that were in the sermon I preached this past weekend at The Village. Both sentences were meant to address and serve as an illustration of “white privilege,” the idea that white people, in most cases, have easier paths than most black people.

Are You Ready to Stay Married?

Author: Adam GriffinCategory: General

“How did he ask?” “Can I see the ring?” “Where are you going to live?” “Have you set a date?” These are some of the many questions friends and family ask when a couple gets engaged. If a couple is wise, even before they get engaged, they’ll ask their friends and family some big questions of their own. They will seek advice about ...

Our Children, Our Neighbors

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: General, Parenting

If you asked me the single most important insight that has shaped my parenting, it would be this: Children are people. It seems self-evident. Clearly, they have arms, legs, ears, noses and mouths—enough to qualify. But the idea of their personhood goes far beyond possessing a human body. It goes to the core of their being and speaks to their worth. Children bear the image of God, ...

John Newton's Advice on Quarrels

Author: Jonathan WoodliefCategory: General

Many know John Newton as the former slave-trader, preacher and author of “Amazing Grace,” but he was also a prolific letter-writer amid the Second Great Awakening. In fact, one of his best means of shepherding was through writing letters. One writer said of him, “They found in him one who had been a worse sinner than themselves and who could enter into their experiences with ...

The False Freedom of Narcissism

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

Every human heart desires freedom. Born into a fractured world, we feel the weight of that fracture from very early on. And we fight to find escape from it. The reason I am driven or lazy, the reason I pursue relationships or hide from relationships, the reason I’m honest or I’m a liar is that I am searching for freedom from the things that haunt me, from that gnawing inside of me, from the ...

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