“What books and sermons do you most recommend?” This frequently asked question led me to talk to pastors and ministers at The Village about some of the most influential books and sermons we would pass on to our people.
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Something profound and pervasive happened in the Garden. As the taste of fruit lingered on the lips of man and woman, a poison passed through their bodies and souls. The effects of the toxin were immediate and fatal.
“Oh, that rugged cross, my salvation.” “Oh, the wonderful cross. Bids me come and die…” Have you ever been a little uncomfortable singing about the cross? The cross is just an instrument, just a tree, a tool used by God to save us. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit saved us, not the cross.
Starting with our current sermon series, Recovering Redemption, The Village is pleased to announce the arrival of video sermons. This is obviously a technology that has been around for quite some time, but the elders and executive staff have been purposefully slow in thinking through the potential benefits and costs of this medium. After this prolonged season of consideration, the time is right.
In the next few weeks, we will begin a new sermon series titled Recovering Redemption. The hope of this series is simple: We want people to consider anew the light of the gospel against the dark backdrop of the frail and fallen human heart. After all, one of the themes we’ll continually touch on is that the heart of the problem is the problem of the heart. Throughout this season, we want to ...
Where are the days of duty and promise, pledges and vows, oaths and formal agreements? Contemporary Western cultures are enthralled by choice and committed primarily to preserving the freedom to withdraw, move on, reconsider and renegotiate. We are faithful to our spouses until fidelity is uncomfortable and inconvenient. We are loyal to our employers until we get a better offer.
To tithe or not to tithe? That is the question. And how we answer leads to other questions: Gross or net? What if in debt? Should we give 10% of everything, including Christmas and birthday gifts and tax refunds? If you cannot give with joy, should you just not give at all?
In elementary school I learned that Columbus sailed the ocean blue against the advice of all contemporary sages. Would he fall off the ends of the earth? His men and my classroom waited with bated breath on the edge of mutiny as the ships approached the edges of the known world. I was taught that everyone in the early church and the Middle Ages unreservedly believed that the earth was flat, but ...