The Village Blog

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 ...

Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Author: Clint PatronellaCategory: General, Theology

At the heart of the word “courage” are ideas of boldness, fortitude and resolve. These three closely related words together provide a robust understanding of courage. Boldness is the confidence to take a risk – initial courage. Fortitude is the firmness of the mind without retreat – sustaining courage. Resolve is the determination to reach the end goal – persevering courage.

Joy and Suffering in Psalm 30

Author: Brady GoodwinCategory: General

Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:4-5. The Psalmist displays a posture of worship reflecting the full spectrum of human experience – he calls God’s people to praise Him for His faithfulness and grants the ...

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 ...

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