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The Last Best Word

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General

I received a text message this weekend from a friend which read, "Benign." This is good news. There was so much relief and release packed into that word. It was interesting to think about how that simple message generated so many emotions and engendered gratitude. The more I think about the impact of that word, and words in general, the more I realize that words are only as good as their meaning.

Fear - Part 1

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

I struggle with fear. I imagine I always have, but have dwelled in rather ignorant bliss until recently. I sat down the other day and tried to journal through the things that I fear and here is a sampling: Lizards: anoles and geckos in particular, Any body of water in which I cannot see to any substantial depth, Roller coasters, Public speaking: the first time I did announcements at The Village ...

A Quitter's Confession

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General

I used to be a quitter. I can remember various spots in life where I just quit on something or someone. I quit guitar lessons in elementary school. I wish I had stuck with them now. I quit running track in middle school. I quit all sports in high school (this is because I didn't quit other things if you're tracking with me).


Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General

In almost every area of my I face interruptions. They come in all shapes and sizes and occur all throughout the day. defines the word like this: in•ter•rupt [v. in-tuh-ruhpt; n. in-tuh-ruhpt] -verb (used with object) 1. to cause or make a break in the continuity or uniformity of (a course, process, condition, etc.).

House of Obligation; Foundation of Choice

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: General

I am grateful for the United States of America. I am very grateful for the soldiers who have purchased and continue to protect the freedom I enjoy and often take for granted. I do realize as I think about the freedoms I enjoy that they have impacted the way I view faith, specifically the gospel of Jesus Christ As a believer I am committed to Christ before I am committed to a country.

What Commentaries Do I Recommend?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

There is not one particular commentary set which I would universally recommend. Most sets have individual books which are stronger than others depending on the individual commentator. In general, I have found the following commentators to be helpful to my study: Wayne Grudem, D.A. Carson, Thomas Schreiner, Douglas Moo, Peter O'Brien, John Calvin

Watch Your Language

Author: Isaac WimberleyCategory: Worship & Music

I entered my high school years in the student ministry at Ridgecrest Baptist at the same time the modern wave of praise and worship music made its way down I-30 to our small town of Greenville, TX. At our church we only sang hymns so the "new way" of doing music was a breath of fresh air for anybody under the age of 24, and the added fact that our parents hated it made us like it even more.

Biblical Sex Series - Part 6: Picture

Author: Josh PattersonCategory: Culture

I have asked Geoff Ashley, our Discipleship Resource Pastor, to write this last entry for the Biblical Sex Series Geoff is a gifted writer and thinker who generates a great deal of theological resources for our church Check out his blog, "Merely Theological".---------------Sex exists for the glory of God and the joy of His children.Past blogs in this series have illumined various aspects of ...

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