The Village Blog

Making Advent Count

Author: Anne Lincoln HolibaughCategory: Worship & Music, Family , Church Life

The Christmas season is quickly approaching. For some, it is already in full swing. This time of year offers many opportunities for families and friends to spend time together in celebration and active remembrance of Christ’s coming. It is a time for our hearts to be stirred and strengthened as we consider God’s unwavering faithfulness and unmatched love, shown in the sending of His Son.

6 Hopes From A Beautiful Design

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: Culture, Church Life

This past weekend, we wrapped up our fall series on biblical manhood and womanhood, A Beautiful Design. All along, I planned to land the plane in a particular way and spent last week writing and preparing that message. But at the last minute—literally on Saturday—I felt the Spirit compelling me to go a different direction and give a sermon that would be far more pastoral than prophetic.

Choose Hospitality Over Entertaining

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: Culture, Community

On November 6, 2010, I tweeted the Most Regrettable Tweet of my mediocre social media career. In anticipation of the holiday season, I decided to weigh in on hospitality. The tweet was a flawless blend of selective memory and self-righteousness, designed to heap condemnation on the heads of my followers under the guise of offering wise counsel. It was a verbal “selfie” snapped from my best ...

Second Chances and Divided Affections

Author: Bailey PriceCategory: Suffering

When I was a junior in college, some friends and I were involved in a serious ATV accident in the mountains of Georgia. We were sitting three across—the driver, a girl in the middle and myself on the far right—and going way too fast. Eventually the driver lost control of the vehicle and was thrown out of her seat, leaving my friend and me in an unmanned ATV racing along the side of the ...

Debunking the Myth of the Goldilocks Woman

Author: Erin BrindleyCategory: Culture

Some women think they’re “too much”: too loud, too dominating, too far from feminine. They speak their minds, broadcast their opinions and win high school yearbook awards such as “Most Likely to be a Lawyer.” Others think they’re “not enough”: not enough to be understood, noticed, known. These women live in their minds, keeping what opinions they do have to themselves. And if ...

Give Us This Day Our Daily News

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: Culture, Prayer, Suffering

Recent events have tuned the eyes and ears of Americans toward news sources in ways we have not seen for quite some time. And, as ceaseless reports of disease outbreak, brutal violence, tragedy and genocide plaster our plasma screens, believers must be mindful of how we receive our news and what we choose to do with it.

Settle Down or Marry Up

Author: Adam GriffinCategory: Singleness, Marriage

Being single when you’d rather be married can sometimes be downright lousy. I was single for almost the entirety of my twenties and, although I wasn’t desperate to get married at the time, I remember seasons when I strongly felt discontentedly alone.

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