The Village Blog

You Need a Pastor and Church, Not Just a Podcast and Speakers

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: General, Theology

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24–25 The church is more than a place; it is a people. You will never see the word “church” applied to a place or building within the New Testament. The church is a ...

Deciding to Believe

Author: Beth BroomCategory: Theology

When I meet with someone walking through difficult circumstances and ask her how she has tried to work out her problems, that person will often tell me that she has tried many of the prescribed methods of the church, such as prayer, Bible reading and deeper biblical community but is still struggling with the collision of her faith and broken life. She tells me that she believes the truth of ...

Married in God’s Eyes

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Culture

“We consider ourselves already married in God’s eyes.” I’ve heard that sentence a handful of times in my short tenure as a pastor. It typically comes from the mouths of an engaged couple, already living together and subsequently engaged in the physical benefits that such an arrangement entails.

The Magic of Camp

Author: Matt McCauleyCategory: Parenting

Our Middle School students recently returned from a week at camp, and it didn’t take long for them to log back into Facebook and Twitter. After barely surviving five days without their cell phones or internet access, they overloaded their social media accounts with posts and status updates about how amazing camp was and how unashamed they are now of the gospel and their relationship with Jesus.

A Review of Snack Pack: Bite-Sized Moments with God

Author: Matt TonneCategory: Parenting

I've been asked quite a bit about quality Bibles and resources for kids. Until recently, I was always at a loss when it came to devotionals. A couple of weeks ago, though, that changed when I was introduced to Snack Pack: Bite-Sized Moments with God. Snack Pack is a devotional for elementary-aged children with some intentional places for parental involvement. While this book, like all books, has ...

How to Read the Bible in Groups

Author: Jared MusgroveCategory: General

Even as we come to an understanding that reading the Word aloud is an important aspect of gospel-centered worship in our groups, many of us struggle with how this works. To help, let us walk through a few common – or not so common – questions: Do I have to sound like James Earl Jones? Please don’t. You needn’t adopt a deeper voice, Hamlet pose or British accent when reading Scripture ...

My Daughter’s Beauty

Author: Brandon BarkerCategory: Culture

How do I raise my daughter to know the true definition of beauty in a culture such as ours? How do I cultivate an image in her that is rooted in the beauty of Jesus and not the allure of a distorted sexuality? Here are three points that I have found helpful in my journey:

Build Your House on the Rock

Author: Lee LewisCategory: General, Theology

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain ...

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