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April 24, 2012

Family, Church and Worship, What's the Difference Sunday School Series

Questions from SS Less. 4/22

by Jeff Miller

 

Lesson 7 (Study Guide) Defining Male Headship According to Scripture
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April 20, 2012

Family, Church and Worship, What's the Difference Sunday School Series

What’s the Difference Lesson #3 Prep

by Jeff Miller

The next lesson we will watch on Sunday is the section on Male Headship acc. to the Bible.

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March 25, 2012

Family, Church and Worship, What's the Difference Sunday School Series

What’s the Difference Lesson Two Prep

by Jeff Miller

Ok,

Next week, Clay Staggs will lead the lesson from the WTD series concerning Complementarity as God's Design for Marriage

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March 4, 2012

Family, Church and Worship

Recap of Lesson one of What’s the Difference

by Jeff Miller

Here's a recap of the main points covered on 3/4/12:

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February 26, 2012

Family, Relationships, Church and Worship

RPC Sunday School for 3/4

by Jeff Miller

If you have downloaded the What's the Difference Study Guide, you'll want to work through Lesson 5 (pp. 61-77) before Sun, Mar 4.

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February 26, 2012

Family, Relationships, Church and Worship

What’s the Difference Sunday School Resources

by Jeff Miller

Here are links to resources described in the Intro to What's the Difference Sunday School series.

What's The Difference Study guide (download or purchase)

Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Amazon)

What's the Difference DVD (B&N)

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Posted by Jeff Miller at 8:41 a.m.
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January 5, 2012

Pastoral Musings, Church and Worship

Partying Towards Holiness

by Tim Lien

Parties matter.  How people party can tell you quite a bit about them.  One of the most surprising aspects of our series in Leviticus was how God goes about changing an entire people group towards himself.  Or put another way: How does God enact a massive melting of hearts across communities of family and nation? 

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Posted by Tim Lien at 8:39 a.m.
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October 18, 2011

Church and Worship

for our day

by Peggy Drinkard

here is a wonderful hymn by G.K. Chesterton. Certainly appropriate to out day:

O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry, our earthly rulers falter, our people drift and die; the walls of gold entomb us, the swords of scorn divide, take not thy thunder …

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Posted by Peggy Drinkard at 11:33 a.m.
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October 5, 2011

Church and Worship

Reasons Not To Come To a Reformed Church

by Tim Lien

Relax, everybody.

Read this, it’s funny.

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September 27, 2011

Church and Worship

Relevant, Hip, and Cool Churches

by Tim Lien

In an attempt to pull people to the Gospel, many ministers think they must add a little spice. “Surely,” they think, “I need to make it appealing.” And they do make something appealing. And they do draw quite a group of people who like that sort of thing. But it …

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September 8, 2011

Church and Worship

Hip to be Square, or Confessions of a CCM junkie

by Jeff Miller

I grew up in the remains of the Jesus movement. I saw the growth and expansion of Contemporary Christian Culture. This was, in large part, driven by the Contemporary Christian Music scene. I was heavily involved in that arena from 1980 to 2001 as a consumer, enthusiast and purveyor. I …

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August 19, 2011

Church and Worship

Do You Do Church? Rethink This.

by Tim Lien

Yet church is, first and foremost, something which God does. It is primarily and in origin an act of his grace, not an act of human response.” -Carl Trueman

[on the Confession of Sin and Assurance of Forgiveness] “We are reminded of the entire gospel, from fall to redemption to …

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May 5, 2011

Church and Worship

The Church & Charlie Sheen

by Clay Staggs

Here is a recent submission to Riverwood’s website. I will withhold the name of the author.

Your area has been through a devastating tornado, but even so, to see your police and National Guardsmen pose in newpaper photos with Charlie Sheen is sickening to me. Aside from his obvious …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 10:23 a.m.
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May 4, 2011

Church and Worship

no longer slaves

by Peggy Drinkard

In chapter 5 of Deuteronomy Moses reiterates the 10 Commandments to Israel. Concerning the observance of the Sabbath day of rest, he reasons, “And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and …

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Posted by Peggy Drinkard at 11:07 a.m.
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April 11, 2011

Church and Worship

Hell? Yes.

by Jeff Miller

I don’t know if Hell is everlasting torment of literal fire, etc. combined with separation from God or if it’s only the latter. I have a hunch that the fire won’t matter so much since the latter remains true. There’s been much discussion about Hell in …

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Posted by Jeff Miller at 9:40 a.m.
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March 22, 2011

Church and Worship

Evangelical ain’t what it used to be…..

by Jeff Miller

Sometimes we at RPC are more aware of what’s going on in the secular culture than in the church culture around us. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s often hard to tell the evangelical church from much of anything else of late. There is …

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Posted by Jeff Miller at 10:42 a.m.
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August 19, 2010

Church and Worship

The president is obviously a Christian. He prays everyday.”

by Clay Staggs

So says presidential spokesman Bill Burton, in response to a question from a reporter today relating to a recent poll where nearly one in four people surveyed expressed the opinion that Obama is a Muslim.

It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant some people are about religion. Burton’s …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 3:41 p.m.
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April 26, 2010

Church and Worship

baby baptism

by Peggy Drinkard

I am reading Lauren Winner’s book, Girl meets God. I enjoy her fresh and honest observations of some aspects of Christianity and the Christian life. I couldn’t agree more with this one about infant baptisms, which she declares she loves, and explains why. I do too, and for …

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Posted by Peggy Drinkard at 12:46 p.m.
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October 13, 2009

Church and Worship

Radical giving….radical joy.

by Peggy Drinkard

If nothing else, and of course there is much, much else, Jesus is a RADICAL with a capital R. In connection with our church’s capital campaign, our pastors have been teaching us what the Word of God has to say about giving. My own impressions from these sermons are …

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Posted by Peggy Drinkard at 12:17 p.m.
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October 9, 2009

Church and Worship

Lost in Translation

by Clay Staggs

This week, I’ve read (on the strong recommendation of everyone in the Riverwood book club) D.G. Hart’s The Lost Soul of American Protestantism. It is a fantastic read, and I join the book club in heartily recommending it to everyone. The thesis of the book is that …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 11:17 a.m.
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October 7, 2009

Church and Worship

Paging Bryan Bond…

by Clay Staggs

Those reading this post who weren’t at Riverwood when Bryan Bond was the pastor probably don’t know this, but he really hated church sign boards. In fact, he used to collect them - the worse they were, the better for the collection.

I drove by one today that is …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 11:14 p.m.
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July 29, 2009

Church and Worship

A Challies to Drink From

by Tim Lien

My wife sent me an old-rerun-blog by Tim Challies, (link here) describing an emergent Christian.

For anyone over 45, this may not resonate. But for you younguns it will make you grin and might also kick you in the shins a bit.

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April 27, 2009

Church and Worship

Good Thing We’ve Got That New Sanctuary Going…

by Clay Staggs

…because if we had decided to rent out an auditorium in a public school instead, Tim’s sermon yesterday might have gotten us kicked out!

Such is the fate that may befall the New Hope Church in Melbourne, Florida. Because their current facility is too small to accommodate their recent …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 8:53 a.m.
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April 16, 2009

Church and Worship

Is Food the New Sex?

by Jimmy Hopper

This is a question asked and examined by Mary Eberstadt in Policy Review, a publication of the prestigous Hoover Institution of Stanford University. It was referenced by Pastor Matt Brown on the Park Slope Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn web site. In it, Ms. Eberstadt examines the idea that the moral …

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April 16, 2009

Church and Worship

Covering Up Jesus

by Clay Staggs

On Tuesday of this week, President Obama delivered a speech at Georgetown University on the state of the economy. The speech was given in Gaston Hall, which has behind the dais the seal of the university and, above that, the letters IHS - a fairly common (though perhaps more commonly Roman …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 9:51 a.m.
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March 11, 2009

Church and Worship

Talking about sex ain’t gonna get nobody to heaven.”

by Clay Staggs

Thus sayeth Evangelist Roland Belew, commenting on a series of sermons being preached at the Daystar Church in Good Hope, Alabama (in Cullman County). The series is entitled “Great Sex God’s Way,” and the church has taken out billboard with the sermon title on it throughout the town. You …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 4:47 p.m.
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March 1, 2009

Church and Worship

An Atheist, But A Lutheran In His Soul

by Clay Staggs

There’s an interesting article on the NYT website about the morality and religion of the Danes and Swedes. The article reports on the findings of Phil Zuckerman, who teaches sociology at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. Mr. Zuckerman spent over a year in Denmark and Sweden studying how their …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 7:30 a.m.
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January 13, 2009

Church and Worship

I’ll See Your Megachurch Pastor and Raise You a Gay Bishop

by Clay Staggs

I didn’t have the chance to comment on it when the news broke over the holidays, but I suppose by now everyone knows that at Obama’s swearing-in ceremony, Rick Warren will deliver the invocation. Predictably, given Warren’s support of the California initiative to ban gay marriage, many …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 12:50 p.m.
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January 10, 2009

Church and Worship

Calvinism: Making Pat Robertson Seem Warm and Fuzzy

by Clay Staggs

So says the New York Times in a profile of Mark Driscoll, his church in Seattle, and that wacky Calvinism he preaches.

Read the whole thing here. It’s not entirely accurate about Calvinism (would you really expect differently from the NYT?), but neither does it shy away from some …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 2:05 p.m.
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December 14, 2008

Church and Worship

Lessons & Carols Service

by Jeff Miller

Next Sunday we will have our annual Christmas musical worship service. This will be the third year that we have centered around the format known commonly as Lessons and Carols. The L&C service was started in England in the late 1800s and was popularized in the early 20th century …

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Posted by Jeff Miller at 10:28 p.m.
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October 11, 2008

Church and Worship

Saturday Evening Post

by Clay Staggs

A couple of thoughts I wanted to post this Saturday evening. It may seem as though I’m going to harsh on the Methodists; this is purely coincidental. It just so happens that these anecdotes, showing the modern church’s two frequent errors, both come from Methodist churches.

Today, we …

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September 11, 2008

Church and Worship

The Beauty of Traditional Liturgy

by Tim Lien

I like change. I really do. I just want things that should change, to be the things that do the changing. I donâ??t want trees to stay the same. They grow, they go through seasonal cycles, and then they rot, die, and fall on my roof. I want to …

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Posted by Tim Lien at 10:19 a.m.
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August 14, 2008

Church and Worship

Rejected

by Clay Staggs

Here’s a story about a Baptist church in Florida who has a member who won $6 million in the Florida lottery. The member then wanted to tithe and contribute $600,000 from the winnings. The pastor rejected the money.

My first reaction is that this is silly legalism of …

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Posted by Clay Staggs at 9:07 a.m.
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November 7, 2007

Church and Worship

An Unpopular Appeal for the Big Three

by Tim Lien

Jimmy Hopper sent me this NYT article on â??praise rock.â? Itâ??s an article about larger churches spending time building a musical culture adapted specifically to the various generations reflected in their church.

You can read it here.

A quotation from the article:

â??When you start a …
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September 20, 2007

Church and Worship

From the Mud Room to the Library

by Blake Johnson

In an upcoming Salt and Light article, I will be addressing the issue of how we as Reformed and Presbyterian Christians should interact with the wider Christian world. Reformed Christians in America have an upleasant history infighting and sectarianism (see Machen’s Warrior Children). In my view, whatever one thinks …

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September 18, 2007

Church and Worship

The Concert

by Jimmy Hopper

There was a very significant musical event in Tuscaloosa Sunday night when the Music Department of Riverwood presented the Fall Concert under the overall direction of our Director of Music, Jeff Miller. It is now 48 hours later and when I think of the beauty, emotion and delight of the …

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Posted by Jimmy Hopper at 4:18 p.m.
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August 21, 2007

Church and Worship

Last Sunday at Riverwood

by Jimmy Hopper

What a great, great day of worship last Sunday was at Riverwood! Pastor Lien’s sermon has been on my mind literally since he finished. He brought us yet again to the mighty Gospel of God, this time cutting through the cant of self glorifying religiousity to see it again …

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