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TV and the Virtuous Idol of Family

Author: David RoarkCategory: Culture, Family

What if I told you that a network television show about the importance of family was potentially more problematic than a cable television show filled with sex and violence? Many respected Christians have criticized the popular HBO drama Game of Thrones—and rightfully so. The show deserves this critique, hardly justifying its celebration of sin and objectification of men and women through ...

The Dividing Wall is Gone

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: Culture, Community

In the first-century Herodian temple where the Jews worshiped, there was a series of courts separated by gated walls. Each court moved progressively closer to the Holy of Holies. The first gate was the gate of the Gentiles, and you could walk around in that court if you were a God-fearing Gentile. If you were a Jewish woman who was ceremonially clean according to Jewish law, you could enter the ...

Much Given and Required for American Christians

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: General, Culture

American Christians certainly enjoy greater material wealth than much of the world, but we enjoy less tangible forms of wealth, as well. We aren’t always aware of how wealthy we truly are. And because of this, we may not remember that to whom much is given, much is required: With great wealth comes great responsibility. In the parable of the talents, three men are given an opportunity to ...

What That "No Parking" Sign Says

Author: Kyle WorleyCategory: General

Maybe you’ve seen one of our “no church parking” signs? It’s hard to miss them—they are big red signs with white print. They are meant to draw your attention to one thing: This is not a place where you can park. Several of our church campuses are located in the middle of neighborhoods. Every Sunday, folks descend on these neighborhoods to gather in worship. We love ...

Dispelling Rumors About Suffering – Part 2

Author: Jonathan WoodliefCategory: General

In a previous post, I discussed three misconceptions about suffering that were directly connected to the character of God: In suffering, God is not absent, nor is He silent. He does not deal in karma. This post will tease out three more rumors that specifically address the lack of hope we sometimes feel in suffering. Dispelling these rumors can restore our hope, even in the midst of our hardship.

Empty Pocket, Full Attention

Author: Brady GoodwinCategory: General, Culture

Despite the annoyance of anyone who may try to reach me, for an hour or two each day, I willfully decide to do without the ability of immediate communication or information from the outside world. This means no Twitter, no Instagram, no Facebook, no Google, no texts and no push notifications alerting me of the latest breaking news or the game’s score update. The only knowledge accessible to me ...

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.

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