The Village Blog

War - Part 1

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: General

For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members Romans 7:22-23. John Piper defines the law of sin as “a power or an impulse or a principle that is at work in my body to make me at war with myself and to draw me to do evil.”


Author: John WarrenCategory: Worship & Music

Memories are funny things. They come to your mind when you least expect them. Wall ball, basketball hoops, the woods with friends, the feel of a room — rushing into my mind, bringing tears to my eyes. It’s almost as if I’m there again; seven years old, blond headed and happy. Smells do it for me. Sounds do it as well and for whatever reason, today, it’s the band Elbow and a song called ...

Journey to Japan

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: General

My dad grew up in a Japanese orphanage. He never knew his biological parents. His father was an American soldier, his mother was Russian, and they immediately put him up for adoption at Kobo Orphanage in Japan. That is about the extent of what is known of them. Were they married? Why were they in Japan? Why did they leave him at an orphanage?

Coming Alive

Author: Ryan Kucera

I’ve been wrestling with something recently and it has driven me to the point of frustration and left me feeling perplexed. The dilemma I am having is this: I want to be able to explain what happened to me when I first came to know Christ. It was miraculous and mysterious to me, and I would love to put some skin on this inexplicable skeleton. I’ve talked with some of our high school students ...

Guitar 101

Author: John WarrenCategory: Worship & Music

I don’t pretend to be a “good” guitar player, whatever that means. I’ve never had a lesson, never really been able to play scales, I’m not even sure what an arpeggio is, and I have little understanding of anything technical on the guitar. I say all of that as a disclaimer to what I’m going to write about today: how to play the guitar. My musical beginnings were very humble to say the ...

A Review of Aaron Ivey's Between the Beauty and Chaos

Author: Isaac WimberleyCategory: Worship & Music

On Sunday mornings I leave my house at 5:15 a.m. and make the drive to our Dallas campus. These drives are filled with prayers and songs of worship as I try to get my heart and mind in a state of worship and my vocal cords warm enough to attempt to sing at 6 a.m. To aid in these vocal warm-ups I have an ever-changing mix tape of some of my favorite songs. One of the artists who has recently ...

Equipment I Use (Guitars)

Author: John WarrenCategory: Worship & Music

Goodall Standard: (mahogany back/sides with Sitka spruce top) – I bought this guitar four years ago as my first jump into more handmade boutique type guitars. Previous to this I had owned a Guild and a Larrivee and the Goodall was a step up for sure. I find the overtones of the guitar beautiful and deep. I had played several other Goodall’s, mostly the Concert Jumbo body style, but found ...

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