The Village Blog

Five Admirable Traits of an Early Church Marriage

Author: Adam GriffinCategory: General

If you are in an imperfect marriage, take heart; a lot of us other humans are, as well. Not one of us is able to overcome the brokenness in ourselves and in our spouse. It is only at a distance that we can possibly look at someone’s marriage and see pure nuptial bliss. The closer we get to a husband and wife, the more we see how self-centeredness and insecurity impact even the most honest and ...

Where's My Fig Leaf?

Author: Beth BroomCategory: General

I don’t know anyone who likes to be confronted. When I mess up, I mostly hope that nobody notices. And I certainly don’t get excited about sitting down over coffee with a friend who will remind me of what a sinner I am.

My Shelves are Full of Mentors

Author: Kyle WorleyCategory: General

The books on my shelf speak to me. I can hear them whispering. Some of these books have been speaking to me for more than a decade. Our conversations are scribbled in the margins, and we often meet for coffee as I sit in my chair underneath the lamplight. These books answer questions, lead me to prayer, make me laugh and speak truth into my life.

How to Care for Our Missionaries

Author: Richard BrindleyCategory: General, Missions

We tend to assign missionaries very extraordinary reputations—like “Varsity Christians” or “Gospel-centered Special Forces.” But, of course, they are just ordinary people. And while we may think of them solely as missionaries, they are not missionaries first. They are people first; ordinary believers who just happen to be missionaries.

A Digital Doorway to Acts

Author: Kent RabalaisCategory: General

I don’t know if breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I’m convinced that the time I spend immediately before it impacts my day from start to finish. On a typical day, I make my way into the living room and sit down with an iPad, coffee and my Bible. Then comes the challenge of making the most of that time.

When Spiritual Gifts Function as They Should

Author: Trevor JoyCategory: General, Theology

The nature and practice of spiritual gifts is one of the most controversial dialogues in the church today. Confusion abounds as the faithful seek to find their place along a spectrum of belief, ranging from cessationists (those who believe the miraculous gifts ceased to operate with the death of the Apostles) to charismatics (those who believe that all gifts are practiced today as seen at ...

The Difficult Nature of Receiving

Author: Mason KingCategory: General

It may be true that “it is better to give than to receive,” but in my experience, it is often harder to receive than to give. A few months ago, I asked a coworker to join me for breakfast. At the restaurant he went ahead and ordered, following with that awkward moment of “and whatever he wants; it’s together.” He bought my breakfast even though I had asked him to go with me—thinking ...

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