Why Church?

If anyone who lives in the city does not attend church services for three Sundays, let that person be expelled for a brief time in order to make the reproach public.             – Synod of Elvira, 306 A.D.  So, do I attend church? Not often, to be honest. Like I said, it’s...
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Advent Resources

Advent is upon us and we would love to equip you and your family with some great resources as you gather around scripture and prepare for this season. The following is just a taste from the introduction to Prepare Him Room a family devotional celebrating Jesus’ birth, from...
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Why I’m Thankful

Why I’m Thankful for Riverside All Year Long One of my hobbies is getting lost. One time I got lost for 15 minutes driving around an apartment complex parking lot. And probably more embarrassing, I’ve even walked in to the wrong house before.   A few years ago, I...
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Celebrating 5 Years

  We – what we now call “Riverside” – began in the fall of 2008, as a small bible study in the living room of Brent and Elizabeth Baston’s. Shortly after that in November we had a Thanksgiving feast of sorts in the backyard of Ben...
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Grassroots Gospel Conference Follow-up

The great southern author Flannery O’Connor famously observed, “while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted.” Her observation then seems just as accurate today. Perhaps O’Connor’s most enduring character embodying this southern...
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Why Plant Churches?

From the very beginning of Riverside Community Church, we wanted to not merely plant a church, but to establish a church-planting church in Columbia.  Why? Let me ask you this question: what should Christians be doing in the world?  Helping the homeless?  Feeding t...
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You’re Planting a Church

Whether you know it or not, if you’re part of Riverside, you’re part of planting a church in Manchester, England. It is possible that you haven’t met me or my wife yet (hopefully that will change!) but just by being part of the church that sends us, you are playing a part in...
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Who Can Come to the Table, Pt. III: A Communion Script

Four weeks ago, I unwittingly opened a can of worms.  I stated that the Lord’s Table was reserved for baptized believers.   In my mind, this was an unremarkable comment.  Aren’t all believers called to be baptized as their first, public step in following Jesus (Acts 2:37-38;...
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October is __ Awareness Month!

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A myriad of organizations choose October to bring awareness to their causes; National Book Month, National Dyslexia Awareness Month, Filipino American History Month, Pastors Appreciation Month (we like this one), and perhaps none of them are more notable than National Breast...
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