Are You on the Right Side?

Evertt Dirksen, the Republican who led the US Senate through the desegregation legislation of the 1960s, declared, “in the history of mankind there is an inexorably moral force that moves us forward.”  He cited Victor Hugo’s statement that “no army could withstand the strength of...
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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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Meet Chris Eckert

I grew up in Columbus North Carolina. it’s a small town of 3000 people in Western North Carolina.  I left for college at the Citadel after graduation and never lived at home again.  I’ve lived all over South Carolina for most of the years since.  While at the Citadel...
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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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Different Season, Same Vision – Family Meeting Recap

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We are entering into an exciting time at Riverside as we examine the possibility of purchasing a self-owned space to steward in downtown Columbia.  At the last Family Meeting, the elder team introduced a potential building location to the church body for prayerful consideration. ...
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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 Commit?

When I Google the word “commitment” some of the following definitions pop up: “The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.” “A promise to be loyal to someone or something.” “An engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.” “The state or an...
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