500 Years Later: A Roman Catholic and Protestant Dialogue

  On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door the Wittenberg Church door, decrying the abuses and hawking of indulgences in Germany. What he began by that fateful act neither he nor anyone else could have foreseen. It entailed both a massive schism...
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Leadership Intensive 2017

Paul calls the church “a pillar and buttress of the truth,” (1Tim.3:15). As a pillar, it thrusts the truth high for all to see. As a buttress, it supports and establishes the truth “on earth as it is in heaven.” In other words, the church both grounds and displays the gospel in...
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Summer Rhythms and Rest

  Riverside is a church of small groups. (I’m sure you’ve heard this before.) But more fundamentally, we’re a church of disciples. We band together, we live out our lives in Christ together, we make disciples together, and pretty much everything else—we do...
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Discipleship Intensive: Doctrinal and Spiritual Foundations

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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Why Worship Matters, Part 2

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). In the last post, I tried to show the relationship between the First and Second Commandments. Both...
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Why Worship Matters, Part 1

[When God’s word (represented faintly by Moses holding the stone tablets in the background) isn’t our guide, our worship, sincere though it may be, is actually sinful.] The Christians I know understand who deserves their worship: the three-Persons-in-one God of the...
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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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How an Orphan Saved Me

I’d like to tell you that I have a pure heart and consequently, our pursuit of children through adoption was from a motive of pure religion. I’d like to tell you that adoption is always beautiful and inspirational as Romans 8 says it is. I’d like to tell you all to adopt one of...
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