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Curses and Trees

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

The First of Two Trees. In the beginning | One tree in the midst of myriad | A single restriction | A forbidden fruit | Did He actually say | You shall surely die? | The taste of death | Man died upon that tree | Appearing blessed | Beginning of curses | Another tree | Now prohibited | In eating we will live | But the way is guarded | A thousand years and thousands more | Waiting, angst, ...

Why We Are Selling "God of Victory"

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: Worship & Music

Selling things at The Village has been a source of tension for the last eight years. When our pastors and ministers create, we seek to teach the gospel and make it the central theme of our creations. And as often as possible we try to give those creations away, but in some circumstances we need to sell them. Our new worship record, "God of Victory," is one such circumstance.

Grow Up and Get Married

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: General

A Skewed Caricature. "Move out of your parents' house, get a job, stop playing video games all day, stop sleeping with your girlfriend - grow up and get married!". I confess that I have never met the man or woman described in most sermons or blogs on singleness and the accompanying rants against the cultural phenomenon known as "extended adolescence."

Compassion for Satan?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

Last week I received an email asking if we should feel some degree of compassion for Satan. The question arose from two observations: First, humans sin, and God has provided a means of redemption and forgiveness, but Satan is provided no such opportunity for his sin. Second, the Bible calls Satan our enemy but also tells us to love our enemy. Should we therefore pity and love Satan to some degree?

Does God Want His Children to Suffer?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

Does God want His children to suffer? If so, how can He be a good and loving Father? If not, why do we suffer and is God somehow impotently removed from the sufferings of this life? Is it necessarily one or the other, as if the two are mutually exclusive and we must answer with an unqualified yes or no?

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).

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