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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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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