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Considering Adoption

Author: The Village ChurchCategory: General, Parenting, Missions

It’s not uncommon to hear a Christian couple say that they’ve “talked about adoption.” There’s a good chance that you, at some point or another, have considered what it might look like for you to adopt a child. There are many of us who “talk about it,” but we may not know how to take it beyond talk.

Recovering Our Humanity

Author: Clint PatronellaCategory: General, Theology

Suffering is common to all human beings and becomes a cord that ties us together. It comes in many different forms, with varying degrees, and slowly but surely chips away at our humanity. William Shakespeare famously wrote: “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother…”

New Year, New Self-Control

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: General, Culture

A new year is upon us, and unless this one is much different from others, our conversations will be laden with talk of fitness goals and holiday diet missteps. The New Year is traditionally a time for resurrecting our self-control, so this is no surprise. But this New Year’s I have a different form of self-discipline in view—one with potentially longer-lasting impact than dropping a dress ...

Making Peace with the Year That's Passed

Author: Anne Lincoln HolibaughCategory: General

The end of the year naturally lends itself to reflection. Lists of best albums, movies, TV moments and significant world events are everywhere, reminding us of the triumphs and tragedies of the year that has passed. For some, this year was one for the record books: new life, love, opportunity, beginnings, provision. For others, the end of this year cannot come fast enough. Loss, sickness, ...

Fear and Trembling at Advent

Author: Mason KingCategory: General

Scripture tells us that, as shepherds were watching their flock at night, an angel of the Lord came and told them of Christ’s birth. The stillness of the desert air and the calm of the darkness was interrupted by an angel of the Lord, fierce and mighty—God’s glory shining brightly. Surprised, terrified, in awe—the shepherds stared at the angel who said to them, “Fear not.”

Dealing with Loss at Christmas

Author: Charity KeldieCategory: General, Culture

Christmas—it’s a time of wonder, magic, joy, peace and those warm-hearted feelings that make December “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for those of us who have lost loved ones, this season may be marked by grief, loneliness, doubt and fear. Traditions that used to bring joy now bring a flood of tears. Crowded rooms feel hauntingly lonely because someone is missing. Nothing ...

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