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What Are We to Do With Santa?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Culture

Santa Claus may be coming to town, but not all are quick to allow him access to hearth and heart. Oh, what are Christians to do with Santa? It is a good question. I imagine there exist Christian homes that emphasize Santa to the neglect of Christ, homes in which The Night Before Christmas is a more familiar story than the gospel and the North Pole has long since replaced Bethlehem as the ...

Hope and Courage in South Sudan

Author: Sheila SchroyerCategory: Missions

South Sudan. What a majestic place mixed with tragedy and struggles, but surrounded with hope and joy. As I fly above this place, my heart is worshipping our great God and King. His reign over the earth is evident and a reminder of His faithfulness.

Sovereign Over the Small Stuff

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

When we speak of God’s sovereignty at The Village, we most often speak of His reign in the particular realm of salvation. We speak of the great and mysterious doctrines of grace in election and predestination. But this is only one aspect of His sovereignty. What of God’s sovereignty beyond the sphere of soteriology (the doctrine of salvation)?

Family Worship Services

Author: Matt TonneCategory: Parenting

Each weekend, families come through the church doors and head off to their different areas of ministry: Preschoolers go to Little Village, elementary-aged kids to Kids’ Village and middle schoolers to Crash, while their parents attend worship services with other adults. There is a lot to be said for doing things this way.

Are Christmas and Easter Pagan Holidays?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Culture

Many skeptics contend that Christmas and Easter have pagan origins. They use this claim in a philosophical sleight of hand to conclude that Christianity is rooted in paganism and thus nothing more than myth. I discussed alleged parallels between Christianity and paganism in a previous blog, but what of these particular holidays?

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