The Village Blog

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 ...

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 ...

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