The Village Blog

Savor the Wait

Author: Hunter HallCategory: Church Life

I am not good at waiting. In fact, I can’t stand surprises. If I know something is coming, I want it right then. Obviously this trait is exposed every year at Christmas. Growing up, I remember looking for—and sometimes finding—my Christmas presents each year. I was a joy thief. I was so discontent in the waiting that I missed the beauty in the anticipation of what was to come.

The Church and the Working Woman

Author: Brady GoodwinCategory: Leadership , Ministry

One of my great joys is watching my wife, Aimee, care for our newborn son, Hans. She’s a natural fit for motherhood. That she would excel in this way should come as no surprise, as I’ve had the opportunity to see many of these gifts develop during her years as a nurse. She has flourished in the workplace, serving with skill and diligence. I believe these mutual callings have only served to ...

I've Been Dancing With Her Ever Since

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: Family , Marriage

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children… Proverbs 13:22 Stories are powerful. They have a unique way of speaking to us and shaping who we are. Stories are a means of discipleship. That is why I believe storytelling is essential to the flourishing of marriages and families. I have found this to be increasingly true in my own life as I have grown from boy to man to ...

Making Advent Count

Author: Anne Lincoln HolibaughCategory: Worship & Music, Family , Church Life

The Christmas season is quickly approaching. For some, it is already in full swing. This time of year offers many opportunities for families and friends to spend time together in celebration and active remembrance of Christ’s coming. It is a time for our hearts to be stirred and strengthened as we consider God’s unwavering faithfulness and unmatched love, shown in the sending of His Son.

6 Hopes From A Beautiful Design

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: Culture, Church Life

This past weekend, we wrapped up our fall series on biblical manhood and womanhood, A Beautiful Design. All along, I planned to land the plane in a particular way and spent last week writing and preparing that message. But at the last minute—literally on Saturday—I felt the Spirit compelling me to go a different direction and give a sermon that would be far more pastoral than prophetic.

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 ...

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