The Village Blog

Sovereign Over the Small Stuff

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

When we speak of God’s sovereignty at The Village, we most often speak of His reign in the particular realm of salvation. We speak of the great and mysterious doctrines of grace in election and predestination. But this is only one aspect of His sovereignty. What of God’s sovereignty beyond the sphere of soteriology (the doctrine of salvation)?

Family Worship Services

Author: Matt TonneCategory: Parenting

Each weekend, families come through the church doors and head off to their different areas of ministry: Preschoolers go to Little Village, elementary-aged kids to Kids’ Village and middle schoolers to Crash, while their parents attend worship services with other adults. There is a lot to be said for doing things this way.

Are Christmas and Easter Pagan Holidays?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Culture

Many skeptics contend that Christmas and Easter have pagan origins. They use this claim in a philosophical sleight of hand to conclude that Christianity is rooted in paganism and thus nothing more than myth. I discussed alleged parallels between Christianity and paganism in a previous blog, but what of these particular holidays?

Calvin Killed a Man

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Culture

In August of 1553, Michael Servetus was arrested for the crime of heresy in Geneva, Switzerland, home of the reformer John Calvin. Two months later he was executed. To read many internet articles, Calvin systematically stalked and slaughtered any person who dared oppose him. This picture of Calvin painted by his critics is a caricature greatly distorting the truth.

Can I Smoke Marijuana?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Culture, Theology

Answering this question is simple in the context of The Village Church because all marijuana use is illegal in Texas. According to the Scriptures, God has ordained all authority, and we are called to submit to such authority (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17). Except in cases where Christian responsibility is at stake (Acts 4:18-21; 5:27-29), we are called to obey the laws of the land in which God ...

Take off the Old, Put on the New

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: Worship & Music

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Transform in Dallas

Author: Matt ElkinsCategory: Missions

Transform was incredible this year at Dallas Northway. Our prayer was that God would do something only He could get credit for, and that is exactly what happened. The first half of the day was spent doing projects at Cary Middle School. This is the school right across the street from us. We have been developing a strong relationship with the school, and the Lord has really opened doors for us ...

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