The Village Blog

Update 12/6/09 - 9:10 p.m.

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Health Updates

Matt was moved out of ICU on Sunday and continues to get plenty of rest as part of his recovery, per doctor's orders. Please continue to pray for patience during this recovery time and to honor family-only visitation until further notice. Pathology results of the tumor are due sometime mid-week, and we will keep you notified whenever possible.

Update 12/5/09 - 12:50 a.m.

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Health Updates

Matt Chandler recognized his surgeon and was responding well after a seven-hour surgery to remove a brain tumor. The operation started at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. The tumor's pathology report, originally thought to be available on Friday, is not expected until next week. Doctors were pleased with the surgery, especially after Matt responded to questions in recovery.

Update 12/5/09 - 4 p.m.

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Health Updates

The doctors have ordered Matt to get as much rest as possible in the next few days. For that reason and because his hospital room cannot accommodate many people, visitation is being limited to family members only until further notice. Matt will have a CT scan done today as is routine after brain surgery, and he is expected to come out of ICU on Sunday. When praying, pray that the Lord give ...

Update 12/4/09

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Health Updates

Thank you for your many prayers for Matt and Lauren and for our church at this time. Matt's surgery is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. CST Friday, and we ask your continued prayers especially during that time. We also ask that you respect the family wishes and not visit the hospital.

My Heart is Full...I am Thankful

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: Health Updates

The last seven days have been some of the most interesting of my life. I have felt anxiety, fear, sadness and a deep and unmovable joy simultaneously and in deeper ways than I have felt before. I am grateful for this heightened sense of things. Today at 10:45 a.m. CST I will have a good portion of my right frontal lobe removed. I head into that surgery with a heart that is filled with gratitude ...

Seven Thoughts on Suffering

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him." John 9:1-3 Man has historically been desperate to determine the why behind suffering. We want to analyze and categorize events ...

Reading Myself out of a Job

Author: Matt McCauleyCategory: Parenting

I'm reading a book that might put me out of a job, but I'm okay with it and I actually agree with it. It's called The Case Against Adolescence written by Robert Epstein. Epstein is a behavioral therapist and professor who argues that the life-stage we call adolescence (characterized by seasons of "storm and stress") is a recent invention and that the "turmoil we see among teens is an unintended ...

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