Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Our neighbor got a puppy. A cute miniature pinscher that loves to run and play and has a bark that can be heard from here to Timbuktu. It likes to bark at squirrels, people, acorns falling, and I’m pretty sure, the wind. We tolerated the barking for weeks, trying not to complain...
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God without Passions?

Does God have passions? Has the Ancient of Days known the ebb and flow of emotion? Is the Almighty ever hurt, even if only in sympathy with men and women?  If you’re like most Christians, you answer these questions in the affirmative, and usually without hesitation. But it might...
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Deacons at Riverside Community Church

In our series on 1Timothy 1-3, we’ve considered the nature of the church as “the household of God.” As a household, it has its own, internal economy – a certain “home economics,” if you will. But this domestic economy is driven by the kingdom of heaven itself, “the economy...
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New Discipleship Intensives: Part I

As “a pillar and buttress of the truth,” (1Tim.3:15) the church’s purpose is to embody the gospel before a watching world, showing as well as telling the good news of the kingdom of God, and so making visible the invisible glory of God revealed in the person and work of Jesus...
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What is Lent and Why Should I (Not) Observe It?

One Baptist friend of mine recently asked online: “Are you observing Lint this year?” That represents about as much familiarity with the tradition as I had growing up in a so-called non-liturgical church. The “Season of Lent” is one of the oldest observations on the Christian...
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Does the Church Have Real Authority?

Church, Leadership, and the World: Internal Authority for External Influence In a talk I recently heard, a Christian leader claimed that the “new authority” for our skeptical age is personal experience over against institutional claims of authority.  Her suggestion was that the...
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Immanuel: God with Us

Reformed theologian, Michael Horton, has said that second to the incarnation itself the most miraculous thing about Jesus’ birth was that no one died. That sounds quite dramatic. What does he mean? When father Adam and mother Eve were brusquely expelled from Paradise, at the...
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Our Holy Calling

I love the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I am especially familiar with and fond of the ranges located in the Western North Carolina region, and in particular the Black Mountains.  The Blacks boast the highest mountains on the East Coast and are home to Mount Mitchell State Park.  I’ve...
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Reckoning with Genesis 2: Science & Sacred History

In the Spring of 1998, my parents and I were on the autobahn in Italy on our way to Venice from Austria – our own version of European Family Vacation, minus my sister.  Perhaps it was the seemingly frenzied and accelerating speed of the other drivers, or maybe it was the...
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Boundaries

In Genesis 1:1-2:3, we read the majestic prologue to the book of beginnings.  The opening line is no less sublime for its familiarity: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The next verse, though also familiar, is more mysterious.  The initial assessment of...
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