The Village Blog

Conflict, Convenience and Default Priorities

Author: Mason KingCategory: Culture

As a general rule, if something can be made more convenient, we opt for it. If there is a device that facilitates that convenience, we buy it. If there is a program to sustain that simplicity and shallowness of effort exerted on our part, then we call it productive, efficient and welcomed. However, for all the convenience, our lives are no richer. Some say the quality of your life is ...

Devote Groups to the Public Reading of the Word

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: General

Bible reading, meditation, journaling, meaty theology books – they are crucial and quite individualistic. And while there is a place for your personal, passionate pursuit of God, the Bible was never meant to remain a solely singular endeavor. The Word of God was and has always been a community experience.

Alexander the Great and Your Unbelieving Family

Author: Brandon BarkerCategory: Theology

What does Alexander the Great have to do with your unbelieving family? In 334 B.C. the people of God longed for the Messiah, hoped for His appearance, craved His deliverance. Instead, they got Alexander the Great invading Asia Minor, which began a 10-year run of violence that had him reigning over the Mediterranean world.

Don’t Waste This Holiday

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: Culture

I have an uncanny ability to make life about me. This is not something I have to work hard at. Selfishness comes naturally. And holidays are no different. They are usually planned excuses for me to continue this trend – a day set aside for me. Sure, I may give some passing platitudes about this or that, but I rarely press in to do the hard work of remembrance. I drift toward lazy thinking ...

Children’s Camp 2012

Author: Anne Lincoln HolibaughCategory: Parenting

We had the pleasure of spending the week of June 18-22 at Children’s Camp. A total of 250 adults and children descended on Mount Lebanon Baptist Encampment for five days of Bible study, worship, climbing walls, field games, zip towers, lots of walking and a host of other things.

Whosoever Believes

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. Hello, my name is Geoff, and I am a Calvinist who loves John 3:16. If that sounds inconsistent or contradictory, then perhaps you have not actually grasped John 3 or Calvinism.

Navigating Media in the Christian Home

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: Parenting

Media has changed so dramatically over the years that knowing how to navigate it for my own kids feels overwhelming. No longer is “screen time” confined to the TV in the living room. Screens are everywhere – they are even in our pockets. The average time American children spend in front of a screen is conservatively pegged at four hours and 41 minutes per day. That’s 33 hours a week. ...

Worshiping in Silence

Author: Beth BroomCategory: Worship & Music

When I think of worship, I naturally think of music, nature, service and the study of Scripture. But there is another kind of worship that is equally pleasing to the Lord. Habakkuk 2:20 says, “But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him.” Scripture teaches us to be silent before the Lord in reverence and holy fear.

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