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Christianity is Offensive but Christians Shouldn’t Be

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Hail, King of the Jews, Son of God!

Today's Text Reading - Mark 15:16-47 In life, Jesus was mocked. The soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they ...

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Jesus Came to Die

Today's Text Reading - Mark 13:28-14:21 Excerpt: "It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest [Jesus] by stealth and kill him." Mark 14:1 Let's not ever forget that Jesus came to die. His teachings were radical and they shook up the religious establishment, but he ...

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Expiation

During the weekend services at Riv, we are looking at 5 BIG WORDS with deep theological meaning for our lives. On my blog, I'll be answering common questions as well as expanding on anything I don't have time to cover during the weekend services. This past weekend, I taught on the atonement Jesus provides for the world (and especially those who believe in him) ...

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Propitiation

During the weekend services at Riv, we are looking at FIVE BIG WORDS with deep theological meaning for our lives. On my blog, I'll be answering common questions as well as expanding on anything I don't have time to cover during the weekend services. This weekend, we talked about the atoning work of Jesus on the cross and what that means for our lives. One of the ...

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John Piper and Rick Warren

I very rarely use my blog to repost content from other sites (with the notable exception of Fridays, which I dedicate to the practice).  However, this video is way too good to bury in a list of other content. In this video, John Piper and Rick Warren discuss doctrine.  These are two wildly successful pastors who have decidedly different approaches to how they do ...

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“Are you not the Christ?”

At Riv, we are in a series called Red Letter Ending, where we are looking at 7 statements of Jesus from the cross and one statement he made after his resurrection.  On my blog, we are looking at some of the statements people made to Jesus before, during, and after his crucifixion. A couple weeks ago, we looked at the story of one of the thieves who was ...

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Jerusalem’s Zombie Problem

At Riv, we are in a series called Red Letter Ending, where we are looking at 7 statements of Jesus from the cross and one statement he made after his resurrection.  On my blog, we are going to take a look at some of the statements people made to Jesus before, during, and after his crucifixion. Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his ...

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Elijah?

At Riv, we are in a series called Red Letter Ending, where we are looking at 7 statements of Jesus from the cross and one statement he made after his resurrection.  On my blog, we are going to take a look at some of the statements people made to Jesus before, during, and after his crucifixion. "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ...

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“Save Yourself!”

At Riv, we are in a series called Red Letter Ending, where we are looking at 7 statements of Jesus from the cross and one statement he made after his resurrection.  On my blog, we are going to take a look at some of the statements people made to Jesus before, during, and after his crucifixion. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, ...

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