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Culture Matters 11.13.15

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

1. Christmas Coffee Who knew that a red cup could stir up so much controversy? Some people are outraged by Starbucks’ decision to use a minimalist design on their holiday cups this season. Relevant Magazine explains why this is neither persecution nor erosion of religious liberties. Jesus didn’t try to organize a government revolt. He didn’t encourage followers to boycott ...

Work and Worldview

Author: Jamin RollerCategory: Culture

A few years ago, a good friend of mine facing a major life decision asked for my advice. He was trying to decide between two job opportunities—one was a job in ministry and the other was not. At one point in the conversation, he asked, “Do you think that I can honor God in my work, even if it is not in ministry?” This question captures a struggle that I believe a lot of ...

Culture Matters 11.06.15

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

1. Election Front-Runners, One Year in Advance Lost in the sea of Republican candidates still vying for their party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential election? This (relatively) brief New York Times article may be just what you need, but remember, election day is still a year away. 2. ESPN Losing More Than Staff After letting go of Bill Simmons after he’d spent 15 years there ...

Diagnosing False Repentance

Author: Brady GoodwinCategory: Theology

“I’m so scared I might lose my job or my marriage. What would I do if others found out?” “Fine, you’re right. I’m sorry. I promise I’ll never do it again.” “What do I need to do to make it right to you? I’ll do anything. Will you be happy then?” “I just can’t forgive myself.” Repentance is essential for the ...

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 ...

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