The Days of Creation

This Sunday we’ll be launching our new series in Genesis, entitled, “Genesis: Groundwork of the Gospel.”  Of course, the first question that comes to most of our minds when we hear this is: so how do you interpret the “days” in Genesis 1?  Literal 24-hour days, composing a...
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Forum Recap and Final Thoughts on SCOTUS Ruling

Sunday’s “Forum on Marriage, Sexuality and the Church” was a great start to a conversation we hope continues among the members of the Riverside family for some time.  In particular, we encourage you to continue the conversation within your Small Groups in the weeks and months to...
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In the Beginning: A Theological Sketch of Marriage & Sexuality

The swiftness with which public opinion has nearly reversed on the question of “same sex marriage” has many conservatives scratching their heads: how did things change so much so fast?  In an insightful article for “The American Conservative,” Sex After Christianity,Rod Dreher...
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Homosexuality and Scripture

Have you ever had that embarrassing uncle or cousin who says things that are just way over the line?  You find yourself constantly re-interpreting their words around others, finding excuses for them, pleading with others to grant your socially maladjusted family member “the...
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Are You on the Right Side?

Evertt Dirksen, the Republican who led the US Senate through the desegregation legislation of the 1960s, declared, “in the history of mankind there is an inexorably moral force that moves us forward.”  He cited Victor Hugo’s statement that “no army could withstand the strength of...
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Anything?!

This past Sunday we briefly considered Jesus’ remarkable statement in John 14:12-14 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I...
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No Longer Bricks and Mortar

The Lord spoke to David: “Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in? For I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt, even to this day; but I have been moving about in a tent, even in a tabernacle. Wherever I have gone with...
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Why One Run Columbia

Why This Race? The One Run Columbia 5K and 10K event was founded by churches in downtown Columbia (Riverside Community Church, Columbia Crossroads Downtown, Columbia Presbyterian, Midtown Fellowship, Church of the Apostles, and Grace Church) to raise awareness, solicit prayers,...
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The Unadulterated Bible and the “Pericope of the Adulteress”

If you open your Bible to the Gospel of John, and turn to chapter 8, you are most likely to find a bracketed paragraph at the beginning, with a footnote saying: “the oldest manuscripts do not contain 7:53-8:11,” or something to that effect.  This section of John’s Gospel is often...
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“EAT ME” – Jesus Offends

In John 6:25-71, we read the famous incident in the Capernaum synagogue in which Jesus announces His identity as the “Bread of Life,” and instructs the congregation that they must eat his flesh and drink his blood in order to have eternal life.  His “hard teaching,” (6:61)...
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