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Engaging Muslims

Author: Sarah LongCategory: Culture

When I told my Jesus-following friends I would be speaking in a mosque, testifying to Jesus’ work in my life and how He motivates me to stand against discrimination, hate crimes and oppression, I was met with suspicion and confusion. With Islamophobia on the rise, countering the dehumanization of Muslims is an unpopular stance, but it is the right one. We should not be a people motivated ...

Lent: Into the Wilderness

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: General, Culture

O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power and idle talk. But give me rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to my servant. Yea, O Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother; for thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen. A common fourth-century prayer of Lent from St. Ephrem the Syrian

Culture Matters 1.29.16

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

1. Canon and Culture Bruce Ashford has a phenomenal series of posts over at the ERLC’s “Canon and Culture.” The series covers religious problems with every political ideology. If you find yourself frustrated with the lack of Christian nuance when discussing political ideologies, you will love these posts. Some of the topics covered include conservatism, progressivism, ...

Abortion Is Everyone's Issue

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: Culture

Conversations about abortion can be grim and bleak. There are a lot of facts we can’t shy away from or ignore. The reality is that, from 1973 – 2015, 55 million babies were aborted in the United States alone. The majority of these abortions were performed for convenience, not because of a medical emergency. This is more lives lost than the Holocaust of World War II. More than the ...

Culture Matters 1.22.16

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

1. Abedini Finally Free Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor from Idaho, was released this weekend in a prisoner exchange between Iran and America. Since being imprisoned in 2012, Abedini has been a banner for religious liberty with everyone from Billy Graham to President Obama to the United Nations calling for his release. “We are grateful for the release of Pastor Saeed," stated ...

Evil, Justice and "Making a Murderer"

Author: Kyle WorleyCategory: Culture

Just like the first season of Serial captured the attention of millions by drawing listeners into a captivating story bent on seeking the truth in the midst of a terrible crime, the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer has pulled its audience into a story of crime, corruption, innocence and guilt. The beginning of the show demonstrates how Steven Avery served 18 years in jail for a ...

Culture Matters 1.15.16

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: Culture

1. Spiritual Themes at the Movies The Revenant was released this past week by acclaimed director Alejandro Iñárritu, who also directed last year’s Oscar-winning Birdman. Brett McCracken at Christianity Today conducted a great interview with the director on the spiritual themes present in The Revenant and then reviewed the movie, as well. I think that in the world we are ...

Jesus Was a Refugee

Author: JT EnglishCategory: Culture

Try to imagine being on the run, barely escaping a violent ruler with your life. In your hurry to escape, you are forced to leave behind life as you know it. Leaving behind family, friends, relationships and any sense of normalcy, you now have to make your way hundreds of miles across treacherous terrain in order to reach the border that promises safety. Likely, you join a caravan of immigrants ...

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