The Village Blog


Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General

I am going to head over to my dad’s house this afternoon for the last time. I am taking my wife and kids to say goodbye. The moving trucks are coming soon to transplant a collection of tangible memories, necessities and furniture to a new abode. All of this is bittersweet. This is the home I grew up in and have my most vivid childhood memories. I lived in this home during elementary school, ...

A Mosque, Liberty and Love

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: Culture

The debate over whether to build a 13-story mosque and Islamic cultural center in lower Manhattan — two blocks from Ground Zero — heated up over the weekend. It seems that everyone from the White House to various politicians to the victims’ families have contributed to the dialogue. Although most of the contributing voices have political motivations, I want to look at the issue from a ...

A Look into Vision, Design and Change

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General

Introduction: It takes a team to build a skyscraper. There are those who can envision the building while others see the plans. Ultimately, it takes a team to envision, design, build and implement. There are many members, but only one body. “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained” (Proverbs 29:18). Vision, as it pertains to leadership, is the ability to see what others do not.

Resources on Prayer

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

Why don’t I pray more? I asked myself this question as I sat in Matt’s sermon this past week. Am I blind to the reality of the war in which I am engaged? Am I arrogantly operating under the façade of independence and self-sufficiency? Am I complacent or apathetic toward the beauty and glory of the God Who has graciously rescued and redeemed me? Am I too lazy, too proud, too tired, too ...

A Minister's Prayer

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: General

The following is a prayer asking God to refine our lives and our ministries to be centered wholly and passionately on Him. It’s a prayer that God, in His infinite grace, would move us aside and make much of Himself. O my Lord, Let not my ministry be approved only by men, or merely win the esteem and affections of people;

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