The Village Blog

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.

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 academic and ...

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

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 developing domestic harmony, having a unified vision for financial peace and confirming their theological alignment. They will beg for insight into the melding of diverse backgrounds into a new family. They’ll gauge others’ opinions on the ...

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 tenderness and ...

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