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Four Leadership Lessons from Nehemiah

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General

Leadership tends to define itself better in person than on a page. In recent decades, leadership has vaulted to the forefront of organizational discussion, classroom research and publishing houses across the world. Books on the topic abound. In their work “Classical Leadership,” Michelle Doyle and Mark Smith write, “What is leadership? It seems to be one of those qualities that you know ...

Should My Middle Schooler Date?

Author: Matt McCauleyCategory: Parenting

“So you have a girlfriend?” I ask. “Yeah, we’ve been going out for three weeks now.” “Oh really? Where exactly are you going?” I can’t help but respond. As a Middle School minister, this is a common conversation I find myself having with students. What I really want to say to the young man is, “Let me get this straight: You don’t have a job, can’t drive and just ...

Grace Made Visible: #askTVC Week 6

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General, Theology

This week, we address the following questions: If we believe in the “sign gifts” of the Spirit and consider that a theological distinctive, why don’t we practice these gifts more in our church? How should the “higher gifts” of 1 Corinthians 12 be practiced in our Home Groups? Can you elaborate on the difference between judging and inspecting the fruit that ...

That Which I Did Not Sow

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: General

This spring he put his foot down: “No more tomatoes.” Gardening in North Texas can batter your ego and empty your wallet. You learn what to plant by taking note of what withers in the summer sun. Tomatoes, for instance. Not many delights surpass that of a home-grown tomato still warm from the vine, lightly salted and peppered. But this year it was not to be. Tired of the futility, Jeff ...

Helping Children Grieve

Author: Bryan SmithCategory: General

I remember sitting in the waiting room, being held by a nurse that I had just met, weeping over what was taking place in the room next to me. My mother was finishing her race and would soon be called home by the Lord.

Grace Made Visible: #askTVC Week 5

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General, Theology

This week, we address the following questions: When we pray expectantly for healing, how do we not get angry with God when He doesn’t answer our prayers? Do you think the rise of popularity of prosperity preaching is God’s judgment on America? How much should one tithe when trying to pay off debt? Is intercessory prayer a gift for specific Christians or something all ...

A Rest Better Than Vacation

Author: Beth BroomCategory: General

It’s safe to say that we’re not good at resting. Life is busy, and just keeping up with what’s going on is enough to make our heads spin. I’m getting ready to leave for vacation, and before it even gets here, I find myself planning to fill up the time with books I want to read and activities I want to do. And that makes me worry about vacation hangover. You know what I mean: the 24-hour ...

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