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We Are More than Our Resumes

Author: Caroline SmileyCategory: Culture

“The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in motive because he has been made good by the supernatural grace of God. The only thing that exceeds right doing is right being.” –Oswald Chambers I recently watched the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. After watching WW2 unfold through the lives of the 101st Airborne, I was deeply moved ...

So You Joined a Group - Now What?

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: Community , Church Life

You did it. You took the step to connect with a Home Group here at The Village Church. As you begin your adventure, consider a few suggestions on how to settle into group life. Stick With It Prior to ever attending a group meeting, purpose in your heart to do something counter-cultural. Commit to walk with this group in this season—period. As far as it depends upon you, you’re here ...

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 ...

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