I often hear unbelievers make the statement that Christianity is a crutch. It’s a statement intended to insult believers—to imply that only a weak person needs religion. And, in our culture, it’s a statement that hits its mark more often than not because our culture despises weakness. We don’t want to be seen as weak. We want to be perceived as strong.
The Village Blog
My role at The Village affords me the privilege to interview candidates for the Groups minister or intern position at our campus. A frequent question applicants ask during their interview is, “What does advancement look like at The Village?”
“I don’t see a heartbeat.” Those six words sank like anchors. The sonogram image, pulsing with life only days before, showed a scene that was at once familiar yet devastatingly surreal. Our doctor confirmed it, and we saw our hopes for parenthood end. Seven weeks into pregnancy, my wife, Aimee, miscarried. It was our second miscarriage. We sat in stunned silence as tears streamed down ...
You’ve probably never heard the name “Hal Riney,” but he’s perhaps the most celebrated ad man in American history. Though Riney made an array of brands successful—he even helped Ronald Reagan get re-elected—there was a consistent thread in all his work: nostalgia. Riney sold products by connecting them with a vision of “the good life,” a time in the past when things were ...
I know from personal experience the difficulty of battling depression, condemnation and anxiety. The fight can take many forms, ranging from legalism to thoughts of suicide. Whatever the case, it is all overwhelming.
Something happened in first-century Israel. That history forever bent around that particular time and place is historically undeniable. A pebble was dropped into a pond, one that is still producing ripples thousands of years and thousands of miles away.
As Easter approaches, our Fort Worth Home Groups pastor, Mason King, has written a unique blog post reflecting on Passover. This post is a work of creative writing, different from what we normally share. It is based on Exodus 11-12. We hope you enjoy it.
Ever since Johnny Carson, “The Tonight Show” has been a staple of late night television. Our grandparents invited Carson into their homes, our parents invited Leno, and now we welcome Jimmy Fallon every evening to commentate, interview and entertain.