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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Move to Devine

Please watch the video below. Every day we are closer and closer to being in our home on Devine St, but until then it’s going to take a lot of work from everyone in the Riverside family. We have broken up the various tasks and projects into teams; Sanctuary and A/V,...
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Take Heart: Advent Week Three

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The following is taken from Take Heart: Advent Devotional Series published by the EFCA.  This advent season, the EFCA is focusing on the stories of taking heart and giving back with charitable giving. You may make an online gift here. Read – Take Heart: Advent Intro , Take...
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Take Heart: Advent Week Two

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The following is taken from Take Heart: Advent Devotional Series published by the EFCA.  This advent season, the EFCA is focusing on the stories of taking heart and giving back with charitable giving. You may make an online gift here. Read – Take Heart: Advent Intro and...
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Take Heart: Advent Week One

The following is taken from Take Heart: Advent Devotional Series published by the EFCA.  This advent season, the EFCA is focusing on the stories of taking heart and giving back with charitable giving. You may make an online gift here. Read Part I – Take Heart: Advent Intr...
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Take Heart: Advent Intro

The following is taken from Take Heart: Advent Devotional Series published by the EFCA.  This advent season, the EFCA is focusing on the stories of taking heart and giving back with charitable giving. You may make an online gift here.   The Peace Christ Promises Our...
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Shame & Sexuality

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Last Sunday we talked about our shame, and the shalom it shatters.  “Shame is feeling exposed as ugly beyond words,” writes psychologist Dan Allender, “nothing cuts to the core so personally as shame does.”  Perhaps philosopher Jean Paul Sartre gave the most vivid descriptio...
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