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Why Doesn't The Village Do Altar Calls?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

The practice of the altar call is relatively new in Christian history. Though it existed in a limited scope within the 1700s, it was within the 19th century 2nd Great Awakening that the activity began to flourish. Charles G. Finney, a prominent evangelist of the American revivals, was a leading proponent of altar calls. For Finney, the practice served as one of a number of coercive techniques ...

An Unforgivable Sin?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

Matthew 12:31-32 Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

Religion vs. The Gospel

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: General

I need to be reminded of what the gospel really is. Too many days I confuse it with religion. They are not the same thing. Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, wrote down a few definitions of both, and I want to share them with you. It’s a great reminder that religion and the gospel are diametrically opposed.

It's Not Over Till Jesus Returns

Author: Caleb BeetsCategory: Parenting

Have you ever been to a race where the runners just quit running? Have you ever been to a football game where both teams just quit playing? It would be weird wouldn’t it? Why do we quit running in the race God has set before us? We so often get stuck in the mindset that the great work that God started in our lives at a camp or a big event was finished at that event. We don’t realize that the ...

Reading Time (2 of 2)

Author: Matt TonneCategory: Parenting

In my last blog post, I mentioned a conversation I had with a dad. It came out that his son has a daily section of homework where he has to read a book of his choosing for an allotted amount of time. This dad has begun encouraging his son to read the Bible during that time. I listed out several ways that incorporating the Bible into this required reading time could have educational advantages, ...

Running Out of Room

Author: Carl BrowerCategory: Parenting

It’s Sunday. You’ve just spent an hour trying to get yourself and your family ready for church. Teeth brushed, hair combed, clothes and shoes on. You manage to corral everyone outside and pile them into the car. You quickly drive up to the Highland Village campus and park. Everyone clambers out of the car and heads to a waiting shuttle, which takes you to the Flower Mound campus. You walk ...

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