As a church, we strive to be transparent in all that we do. We also seek to be good stewards of the resources that God has graciously given us. This fleshes itself out in a variety of ways in a variety of areas. For example, when it comes to finances, we make our financial data available online and regularly review and analyze monthly financial statements to direct the mission of our church.
The Village Blog
My lofty ambition is to change the way you think about church membership. Of course, that ambition assumes that many don’t understand church membership well. This may be a poor assumption, but probably not. Certainly, cultural influences have left their mark.
It’s no secret that kids live in a different world than their parents. They have their own subculture, and that subculture has its own host of subcultures within it. Increasingly younger kids have their own private, electronic lives ranging from Facebook accounts, Instagram profiles and Twitter feeds. All of these are unique to the child, and in many ways parents can be kept at arm’s length ...
Where are the days of duty and promise, pledges and vows, oaths and formal agreements? Contemporary Western cultures are enthralled by choice and committed primarily to preserving the freedom to withdraw, move on, reconsider and renegotiate. We are faithful to our spouses until fidelity is uncomfortable and inconvenient. We are loyal to our employers until we get a better offer.
One of the most difficult books of the Bible to interpret is Revelation. Luther called it a “moot prophecy.” John Calvin, though he wrote commentaries on most of the books of the Bible, wrote of Revelation, “I don’t understand it.”
If you've been a believer for any amount of time, you're familiar with the feeling. It's like you’re...off. Foggy. You're not connecting with God, even after you've asked Him to search your heart and reveal to you any unconfessed or secret sin. You are praying your guts out. You read the Scriptures hoping to feel real again. Your relationships are going well, but you feel distant from ...
It was in Genesis that God instituted the idea of work—before the Fall. This means that work is intrinsically good. Because of the Fall, work will now be hard and involve thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:17-19), but we cannot forget its intended design. We must fight the temptation to allow the struggles we have had or the corruptions we have seen to redefine the meaning for work.
To tithe or not to tithe? That is the question. And how we answer leads to other questions: Gross or net? What if in debt? Should we give 10% of everything, including Christmas and birthday gifts and tax refunds? If you cannot give with joy, should you just not give at all?