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Grumblings and Gratitude

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Missions

Some lessons are hard to learn. I often need consistent reminders of things I have already "learned." I have loved my experiences at the guesthouse in which we have stayed on my first two trips to Uganda. Hot water, comfortable beds, ceiling fans, and nightly dinners in the lush courtyard have defined the Entebbe experience for me. I could do without the daily 6 a.m. avian wakeup call, but ...

Is God Unjust or Immoral for Ordering the Conquest of Canaan?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

A common contemporary objection to Christianity centers around the character of YHWH as described in the Old Testament. While protests abound in degree and diversity, many are in response to the divine prescription of Israel's invasion of the Promised Land. According to these objections, the God of the Old Testament is a mythical "moral monster" who orders the destruction of innocent peoples at ...

Did God Condone Polygamy in the Old Testament?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

How are we to interpret events and actions in the Scriptures which do not receive explicit judgment from the LORD? For example, the Old Testament mentions divorce and slavery and yet neither condones nor condemns the practices explicitly. The Old Testament law makes provision for divorce and yet Christ is clear that such separation of husband and wife is against the will of God (Matthew 19:1-12).

Should a Christian be Buried or Cremated?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

The Bible is not explicit in condoning or condemning the act of cremation and thus we should be careful about making any absolute mandates beyond the text. While I think that neither is "right" nor "wrong," I do believe that burial is to be preferred for historical and theological reasons and thus I would always encourage it where possible and practical.

Bible Reading Plans

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: General

With a new year come new resolutions.While the end of the year is not the only time for introspection, it certainly affords an opportunity to examine ourselves and see how we are doing in our pursuit of Christ. Of the resolutions of Christians, more prayer and Scripture reading probably tops the list. For those wishing to pray more, here is a blog with a host of resources on prayer that will help.

Sexual Immorality in the Scriptures

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

When speaking of the issue of sinful expressions of sexuality, the New Testament consistently uses the Greek word porneia (from which we get our English word "pornography"). This word is translated in the English Standard Version, the translation that we use at The Village Church, as "sexual immorality." Here is a small sampling of what the Scriptures say regarding the topic.


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.

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