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Noel Jesse Heikkinen (Follower of Jesus. Husband. Dad. Pastor. Recovering Hypocrite.)

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How to read the Bible when it’s difficult to understand or accept
7 days ago

How to read the Bible when it’s difficult to understand or accept

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Those of us who follow Jesus know that the Bible is God’s primary vehicle for communicating His will to us.  We read it and study it because we want to …
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I’m Humbled
3 weeks ago

I’m Humbled

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I’m still in shock from last night.

I hosted a little book launch party to celebrate the release of my first book. Lots of the “experts” I talked with told me …
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Unchained is now in stores!
3 weeks ago

Unchained is now in stores!

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For the past week or so, people who preordered my book have been getting their copies in the mail, but now it is officially available!  In fact, I am getting reports …
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
1 month ago

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You have heard that …
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Riv is turning 40!
2 months ago

Riv is turning 40!

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Forty years ago, a ragtag group of men and women moved to East Lansing to launch what has become Riverview Church. Over those years, we moved around the campus of …
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Capital Area Day of Prayer for Racial Reconciliation
2 months ago

Capital Area Day of Prayer for Racial Reconciliation

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As I have written before, 2016 was the year I began to realize all that I don’t know about race in America. With Martin Luther King, Jr Day coming up, …
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My book comes out in 4 weeks!
2 months ago

My book comes out in 4 weeks!

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To be honest, it feels a tad self-promoty to make a big deal out of this, but I am super excited about the book and I want tons of people to read it so …
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2016 Recap
2 months ago

2016 Recap

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I’m a data junkie.

I am always looking at all kinds of crazy reports at Riv and I try to figure out the trends behind the numbers.  This year, I decided to …
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Navigating Christmas Conversations
2 months ago

Navigating Christmas Conversations

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I have noticed an interesting phenomenon the past couple weeks.

A lot of people I talk with seem to be dreading conversations they are inevitably going to have with their …
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2016: The year I finally figured out I’m dense about race in America
3 months ago

2016: The year I finally figured out I’m dense about race in America

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2016 will, for me, stick in my memory as the year I finally began to realize how much I (as a white dude) don’t know about race issues in our …
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