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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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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Small Groups Need Adventure

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On Saturday, April 16th, our small group core teams spent a morning at the PEAK Facilities at Heathwood Hall conquering our fear of heights and processing small group issues through the lens of physical challenges. Why?  As en-souled bodies (or embodied souls), sometimes to make...
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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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