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The Will of the Father

Author: Clint CrawfordCategory: Parenting

One night during the summer as I was running, I realized that I needed to make some pretty drastic adjustments to what I considered a priority. I was thinking about how Jesus lived His life, what He thought was important and how He lived in light of that. Then when I looked at my own life, all I could see were the inconsistencies that didn’t match up for someone who considers themselves a ...

What Every Middle Schooler Wants to Know

Author: Matt McCauleyCategory: Parenting

Have you ever met the guy or gal who just never grew up? Sure we all have friends who may still enjoy shopping at Zumies and wear jeans that sparkle well into their forties, but I’m talking about those who just didn’t seem to move and mature out of adolescence. I dusted off a book this week that attempts to answer why this happens.

Misplaced Passion

Author: Blake ChiltonCategory: Parenting

I recently read an Associated Press article that showed through an extensive survey that Americans in general don’t know very much about religion, even their own religion. It actually stated that atheist and agnostics know more about various religions than those that ascribed beliefs in those religions. At The Village, we have made several steps in the past year to better equip our people to ...

Why Does the Old Testament Sometimes Capitalize Lord or God?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

You may have noticed that the words “Lord” and “God” receive different capitalization in various contexts. Consider the following passages for reference: Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 2:18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

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.

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