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Reconsidering the Rapture

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

Over the years, I have received many e-mail asking about The Village’s understanding of the timing of the rapture. For those unfamiliar with the various views, I highly recommend the article on eschatology(the study of the end times) available in our resource library as this post assumes at least a basic understanding of eschatological concepts and terms.

Shepherding to Truth 01

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

I love the God of the Bible. He is weighty, glorious, powerful, terrifying, sovereign, beautiful and big. Over the last 15 years I have had to wrestle quite a bit with a good portion of God's self-disclosure. The Truth and truths unpacked in those 66 books are thick, beautiful, difficult and life altering. The scriptures truly are "profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and the training in ...

The Ironic Imagery of the Cross in Colossians

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

I love irony and the Scriptures are full of it: God chooses the foolish of the world to shame the weak. He who would save His life must lose it. The first shall be last. There is a scene in 90's cult classic "Reality Bites" when Winona Ryder is asked to define irony and she stammers and stumbles through an attempted answer until she finally blurts out, "I know it when I see it."

A Church I Love

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

There is much to do in the City of Brotherly Love. If you like history, you could spend days checking out places like Independence Hall, Fort Mifflin, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Congress Hall. If you just like urban dwelling, this city is about as unique and diverse as a city gets. If I lived in Philadelphia, PA, and was looking for a church home I would head straight to 1632 W. Diamond ...

Does God Love Everyone?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

This past week’s message by Matt was admittedly difficult. In case you have not yet had the opportunity to check it out, I highly encourage you to do so. He summarized the previous week’s teaching on the sinful state of mankind and then directed us to Romans 8 to talk about how it is that man’s natural rebellion against God is overcome.

Biblical Sex Series - Part 2: Gross Misconceptions

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: Culture

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man's spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God." A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

Reading John Owen

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

It is a vain thing for any to suppose that they place their chiefest happiness in being forever in the presence of Christ who care not at all to be with him here as they may.and it is an absurd thing for men to esteem themselves Christians who scarce think of Christ all the day long.- John Owen (The Grace and Duty of Being Spiritually Minded, from Volume 7 of the Banner of Truth Trust Series, ...

Biblical Sex Series - Part 1

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: Culture

Is there such a thing as "biblical sex"? The Christian blogosphere has been filled with debates and arguments around this very topic. A lot of what is being said or written boils down to the question everyone has been asking since middle school, "how far is too far?" Specifically, what is appropriate to preach from the pulpit? How frank should a frank discussion of sexuality be, especially in a ...

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