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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Why Church?

If anyone who lives in the city does not attend church services for three Sundays, let that person be expelled for a brief time in order to make the reproach public.             – Synod of Elvira, 306 A.D.  So, do I attend church? Not often, to be honest. Like I said, it’s...
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Grassroots Gospel Conference Follow-up

The great southern author Flannery O’Connor famously observed, “while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted.” Her observation then seems just as accurate today. Perhaps O’Connor’s most enduring character embodying this southern...
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Why Plant Churches?

From the very beginning of Riverside Community Church, we wanted to not merely plant a church, but to establish a church-planting church in Columbia.  Why? Let me ask you this question: what should Christians be doing in the world?  Helping the homeless?  Feeding t...
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Who Can Come to the Table, Pt. III: A Communion Script

Four weeks ago, I unwittingly opened a can of worms.  I stated that the Lord’s Table was reserved for baptized believers.   In my mind, this was an unremarkable comment.  Aren’t all believers called to be baptized as their first, public step in following Jesus (Acts 2:37-38;...
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The Invisible Made Visible

Who Can Come to the Table, Pt II: The Visible Invisible Church Jesus makes the invisible God visible (Jn.1:18).  He renders the eternal and spiritual into the empirical substance of history (1Jn.1:1-4).  He did this by becoming flesh and blood (Jn.1:14), and particularly, through...
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