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Suicide

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

The classroom door opened as a student entered and handed a note to my teacher. With pained expression she looked my way and asked me to come to the front of the class. She then handed me the note summoning me to the principal's office with news that my best friend had left school, driven home, and shot himself. The walk across campus was agonizing. Though my mind was racing, my legs and heart ...

Does Jesus Condemn all Public Fasts in Matthew 6?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

Matthew 6:16-18 And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

What do the Scriptures Ask of Middle Schoolers?

Author: Matt McCauleyCategory: Parenting

Parents,The Scriptures are timeless, and despite changes in culture, aim right at the heart of all issues and seem to read us as we are reading them. Matt's sermon on husbands and wives last weekend was a perfect example of this. So I thought it would be helpful to you to know what commands and words of wisdom the Scriptures have for teens.

One Year Later

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

This Saturday, Dec. 4 marks the one-year anniversary of the 7-8 hour craniotomy that removed a malignant cancerous tumor from my brain and started a year of radiation, chemo and recovery. To say that we've been doing some reflecting as a family would be an understatement. So on the one-year anniversary here are a few random thoughts I've had:

The Priest and Levite Found in Me

Author: Peter ScottCategory: Parenting

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself" - Mosaic Lawyer, Luke 10:27 About an hour ago (from the time I wrote this) I was in a very typical scenario, I had just parked in a parking garage, got out of my car and was headed to my "study spot" (a local coffee shop in Dallas) as I ...

Understanding the Cults

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Culture

In almost every religious system, some beliefs go so beyond the boundaries of orthodoxy that they are classified as "cults" or "sects." This is particularly true in the case of the Christian faith. A number of groups pass themselves off as "Christian" while rejecting central Christian doctrine. Among these, the most familiar are probably Mormonism (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day ...

Get Hip and Help Build an Orphanage

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: Missions

For the last year and a half The Village Church has been heavily vested in Southern Sudan. We are working with the Evangelical Presbyterian Churches (EPC) based out of Yei. Although our primary role has been training their pastors theologically, we have also sent some of our doctors and nurses to work in their clinics and hospitals. In addition, we have been partnering with their pastors doing ...

Countering Claims of Contradiction

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

A number of solid evangelical blogs have lately commented on the recent graphic by Sam Harris, noted atheist, regarding supposed contradictions in the Scripture. Rather than attempting to weigh in at length on the discussion, I thought it might be helpful to simply gather some of the responses together for those who are confused by the claims or engaging those who use such arguments to attempt ...

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