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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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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The Hard Work of Unity

The Ground of Our Unity: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit This Sunday we considered Jesus’ famous prayer for the unity of the Church.  This unity is first a communion with the Father and the Son through the Holy Spirit (John 17:21-26). This eternal relationship between the Father...
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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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