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Culture Matters 10.30.15

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

1. Secular, but Feeling a Call to Divinity School A fascinating article from The New York Times examines the surge of students who have no religious affiliation but are choosing to attend divinity schools across the country. The article is almost a perfect example of what professor James K.A. Smith calls “living in the cross pressure.” “The concept of sacredness, however, ...

Culture Matters 10.23.15

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

1. Syria’s War: Who Is Fighting and Why If you've been following news about the Syrian Refugee Crisis but can’t seem to understand the cause of the turmoil displacing all these people, Vox released a helpful five-minute video that places Syria’s present situation within the context of the last four years of Syrian conflict. 2. The Timeless Question of Christianity and ...

Say the Right Thing

Author: Mason KingCategory: Ministry

Last month a couple sat in my office and said, “We’ve been debating about whether or not to come talk with you. This might seem random, but it’s something we’ve been praying about. We want to put it out there and see if there’s anything to it, or if we’re reading things wrongly.” The last few years have helped me curb my innate apprehension to ...

Culture Matters 10.16.15

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

1. Calculated Killing of Christians in Roseburg? In the wake of tragedy, articles pop up almost immediately providing commentary on the bigger picture in the tragedy. Christians must be cautious to not speak too quickly, realizing that wisdom commends careful and gentle words. We found Ed Stetzer’s comments at USA TODAY about the Oregon shooting to be helpful. “I am not saying we ...

Mary: Daughter of Eve or Mother of God?

Author: Caroline SmileyCategory: Theology

Each line of The Apostles’ Creed is carefully crafted, expressing essential Christian doctrine while staying surprisingly concise. This precision gives each word a weightiness and draws special attention to the the third line: that Jesus was “conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary.” So how is it possible that a teenage girl from a bad neighborhood made it ...

Culture Matters 10.9.15

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

Matters of culture should matter to us. Why? Every day and all day, we’re being discipled by something or someone. Every song played, article published and book written is saying something about who God is, the world He has created and how we are to participate in that world. With that in mind, we’re starting a weekly blog post series where we share a few links to things around the ...

Fattening Up the Family Soul

Author: Adam GriffinCategory: Culture, Theology

The thing that I don’t like about vigorous exercise is that it’s miserable. My mind has a hard time countering the agony of strenuous athletic undertakings to the sheer delight of sitting at ease. Don’t get me wrong: I believe exercise is good for us, and I’m grateful to live in a society that so thoroughly values it. But should we consider some of the important and often ...

When Dad Doesn't Disciple the Kids

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: Culture

Three kinds of “single moms” exist in the church: the literal single mom who is raising children on her own, the mom whose husband is an unbeliever and the mom whose husband professes belief but does not partner in the spiritual nurturing of the family. For the true single mom and the mom married to an unbeliever, the task is clear: Train your children in the Lord because no one else ...

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