Why Study the Ten Commandments?

And why spend six months of our lives doing it? Aren’t these the defunct stipulations of an old covenant made with Israel, while we who are in Christ are under a new covenant? It is true that Jesus fulfilled the law of Moses, so that, as Paul famously declared, “Christ is the end...
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Advent: By His Poverty We are Made Rich

Last year’s flood afforded us the opportunity as Jesus’ people to face a number of new challenges – the biggest of which was how to care for our many, hurting neighbors.  We turned to a number of resources as we sought to address the pressing needs of our community,...
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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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