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Reflecting God’s Image by How We Respond to the Boy and the Gorilla

Author: Karen Swallow PriorCategory: Culture

Last weekend, a toddler climbed over a barricade at the Cincinnati Zoo, tumbled over a cliff into the moat, and was carried away by a male gorilla. To save the boy, the gorilla was killed. It was a sad turn of events that could have turned out far worse.  The mountain gorilla is an endangered species, as are all gorillas today. According to National Geographic, only 700 mountain gorillas ...

The Frustration of Slowing Down

Author: Mason KingCategory: Culture

Life is busy, and it’s easier to dream of escape than to face the reason we stay busy: We crave distraction to avoid feeling things at a heart level. Sitting in a room of pastors, talking about the need for becoming a more wholehearted and centered person, I couldn’t help but blurt out, “It will just require slowing down, and that’s frustrating.” The tension in my ...

The Price of Keeping the Peace

Author: Vince DangCategory: Culture

I spent a large portion of my 20s serving as a police officer. I began my career as a bright-eyed, enthusiastic rookie, ready to make my community a better place to live. But as the years rolled by and I did what was necessary to keep my fellow officers and myself alive, observing human depravity at unimaginable levels, I changed. Candidly, when I look at pictures of myself from those early ...

Culture Matters 5.6.16

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

1. The Gospel, Beyoncé and Lemonade Pop star Beyoncé has been all the chatter in light of dropping a new album, Lemonade, completely out of the blue. There have already been a number of articles written sharing various thoughts and opinions on the visual album, which functions as much like a movie as it does music. Alissa Wilkinson wrote a piece for Christianity Today shedding ...

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