The Village Blog

Strategic Organization: Corporate or Christian?

Author: Brandon BarkerCategory: General, Culture

In the last 10 years, it has not been uncommon for me to see people look at a church’s org chart and strategies and deem it corporate and unhealthy, flesh and not Spirit led. Which has led me to the pivotal question: Is it biblical for a church to employ organizational strategy and values? Yes, it is concerning that many pastors believe bigger is better and determine success by the size of ...

Football and the Gospel

Author: Matt YoungerCategory: General, Culture

The middle of August is as predictable a time as any in Dallas. It’s scalding hot. School’s starting. The football helmets are beginning to crack. This is one of my favorite times of the year, not just because the Metroplex’s kingpin sport will be played from peewee to professional, but also because of the gospel opportunities at hand.

Around the Table

Author: Trevor JoyCategory: General

When your household consists of multiple kids below the age of 10 in minimum square footage, “quiet time” isn’t a currency that runs in abundance. Last year my wife and I and some friends set off on a trip with grand ideas of being alone with our thoughts and reflections. I had a picture in my mind of a good book, a cup of coffee and nothing to interrupt me. My thought was, “If I can ...

Prayer for an “Other” Child

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: Parenting

Dear child of my heart, Today you came to me sad, and I wanted to comfort you. Your friends spoke of owning things you do not own, watching movies you do not watch, going to places you do not go and wearing things you do not wear. Even in the telling, they spoke in ways you do not speak. You were feeling sharply your “otherness” today.

Gust and Disgust

Author: Adam LancasterCategory: General, Theology

Gustus is Latin for “taste” of which the Middle English gust follows, adding to the meaning a hint of savoring or delighting in the flavor of food. Dis-gust, then, means the opposite – revulsion or repulsion. Disgust comes quick – a violent gag reflex, sweaty brow and sour gut, followed by a general loss of appetite. For all the God-directed insistence to worshipfully enjoy good food and ...

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 ...

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