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Why Are Good News Community Groups Semester-based?

Why Are Good News Community Groups Semester-based?

October 22, 2019
by Mario Villella

Recently, I was having a discussion with the elders of our church about the community groups at Good News. One of them mentioned to me that it seems that there is a widespread belief at our church that you can only join a community group in August and January – if you show up in October or March, you are out of luck!
Why Does Mario Preach Out of the HCSB Version of the Bible?
Occasionally, people will ask me why I preach out of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB); perhaps it’s because it’s not as well-known of a translation as the NIV or KJV. Well, here is my main answer: I like that it is a balance between the dynamic equivalence and formal equivalence methods of translating the Bible.
Why Isn’t Good News Church a Member of a Denomination?
One issue I’ve been asked about countless times over the last several years is the relationship between Good News Church and any existing denomination. I tell people that we are not a part of a denomination, and I would guess that the vast majority of people are happy with that answer.
I Haven't Written About This In A While

I Haven't Written About This In A While

October 2, 2019
by Mario Villella

It’s been a long time since I have written you asking for money on behalf of Good News Church. In fact, according to my best calculations, the last fundraising type of letter I penned was released on November 30, 2017. So, it’s been about 2 years since I’ve written one of these.
How Do I Become a Member of Good News Church? What! You Don’t Have Formal Membership! Why Not?
I am really into long titles lately. The purpose of this article is to answer a question I’ve been asked many times since Good News Church began: How do you all handle membership? The short answer is “informally.”
Things Change As We Grow

Things Change As We Grow

September 19, 2019
by Mario Villella

There are things that I understand about pastoring a church now, that I didn’t understand eight years ago. Prior to pastoring Good News, I had spent about 12 years in ministry (mostly youth ministry.) There are plenty of things that happened during those 12 years that prepared me for what I’m doing now, but there have also been times when something related to church ministry has caught me by surprise.
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