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I generally try not to post the same stuff everyone else is posting, but when it comes to prayer requests, you can’t have too many people mentioning the same thing.

Pray for Matt Chandler, his wife Lauren, their children Audrey, Reid, and Norah, and the 6000 people at The Village Church in Dallas. As you probably know, Matt had a seizure on Thanksgiving. Then on December 4 surgeons removed a tumor from the frontal lobe of his brain. Now this update:

On Tuesday, Dr. Barnett informed Matt and Lauren that the findings of the pathology report revealed a malignant brain tumor that was not encapsulated. The surgery to remove the tumor, the doctor said, was an extremely positive first step; however, because of the nature of the tumor, he was not able to remove all of it.

Matt, who is being released from the hospital today, is meeting with a neuro-oncologist this week to outline the next steps of the recovery process. There is a range of treatment possibilities but the exact course of action has not yet been determined. He will continue outpatient rehab.

Here’s an article in Christianity Today that explains more of the story, along with some good links to Matt’s comments leading up to surgery.

Here’s the most recent update with prayer requests from the Village Church as posted on Between Two Worlds.

I haven’t met Matt before, but I have several reasons to be thankful for him. I am thankful for the sermons I have listened to online. I am thankful for his powerful sermon delivered at the Bethlehem Conference for Pastors last year. I am thankful for the people in my life who have benefited from his teaching. I am thankful for his witness to the sovereignty and goodness of God in the midst of affliction. And I am thankful for this twitter post: "Path report is 2ndary at best...good report doesn't mean much, bad report doesn't mean anything...my days r numbered and nt by ths report."

Thanks brother, for continuing to teach us and point us to Christ. We are praying for you and your family and The Village Church. May God be praised.


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  1. David says:

    Thanks Kevin, as a covenant member of the Village, I really appreciate your prayers for my pastor and his family and our family as a church.

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Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor of University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, Michigan, near Michigan State University. He and his wife Trisha have six young children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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