The Village Blog

Choose Hospitality Over Entertaining

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: Culture, Community

On November 6, 2010, I tweeted the Most Regrettable Tweet of my mediocre social media career. In anticipation of the holiday season, I decided to weigh in on hospitality. The tweet was a flawless blend of selective memory and self-righteousness, designed to heap condemnation on the heads of my followers under the guise of offering wise counsel. It was a verbal “selfie” snapped from my best ...

Second Chances and Divided Affections

Author: Bailey PriceCategory: Suffering

When I was a junior in college, some friends and I were involved in a serious ATV accident in the mountains of Georgia. We were sitting three across—the driver, a girl in the middle and myself on the far right—and going way too fast. Eventually the driver lost control of the vehicle and was thrown out of her seat, leaving my friend and me in an unmanned ATV racing along the side of the ...

Debunking the Myth of the Goldilocks Woman

Author: Erin BrindleyCategory: Culture

Some women think they’re “too much”: too loud, too dominating, too far from feminine. They speak their minds, broadcast their opinions and win high school yearbook awards such as “Most Likely to be a Lawyer.” Others think they’re “not enough”: not enough to be understood, noticed, known. These women live in their minds, keeping what opinions they do have to themselves. And if ...

Give Us This Day Our Daily News

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: Culture, Prayer, Suffering

Recent events have tuned the eyes and ears of Americans toward news sources in ways we have not seen for quite some time. And, as ceaseless reports of disease outbreak, brutal violence, tragedy and genocide plaster our plasma screens, believers must be mindful of how we receive our news and what we choose to do with it.

Settle Down or Marry Up

Author: Adam GriffinCategory: Singleness, Marriage

Being single when you’d rather be married can sometimes be downright lousy. I was single for almost the entirety of my twenties and, although I wasn’t desperate to get married at the time, I remember seasons when I strongly felt discontentedly alone.

Is Singleness a Gift?

Author: Erin BrindleyCategory: Singleness, Marriage

When I hear the word “gift,” I think of birthday parties and Christmas morning. I think of wrapping paper and toys. I think of a present someone bought to bless me. When I hear “good gift,” I think not only of getting something, but also of getting something that I want. The good gifts are the ones on the holiday wish list.

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