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Review of “Church Planter,” by Darrin Patrick

Church Planting is a big part of what we are all about at Riv.  To that end, we partner with Acts29 for the assessment of Church Planters and their ongoing support and coaching.  We decided to team up with them was because they do a better job than anyone at digging into the life of a man who desires to plant a church and accurately predicting whether or not he ...

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Not Less Than…

The last few weeks I’ve been getting a lot of the same question - a question that reveals some big misconceptions about the Bible’s stance on things. The question often comes from those who have attended and enjoyed our church but were turned off by the false notion that Riv believes, as one recent email put it, “women are less than men...or that gays ...

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An Open Letter To Pastors

During the course of Riv’s current series on 1 Timothy, I am blogging about stuff I can't get to during the weekend services.  Today, I am posting an open letter to my brothers who pastor in Jesus' church around the world.  This is going to be a longer post than normal but I feel like I have to address something and it's going to take more than a few words to ...

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RivChurch Leadership Structure

With all the talk about Elders and Deacons this past weekend at Riv, many people have asked about our leadership structure.  Here is a quick 7 minute video from our LEAD event last year where I explained it in more detail. If you would like to watch the entire teaching and see this in context, you can do so here.

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“A Trustworthy Statement…” Part 2

During the course of Riv’s current series on 1 Timothy, I am going to take some time to blog about some interesting stuff I wasn’t able to get to during the weekend services. The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. -1 Timothy 3:1 This is the second of three times in 1 Timothy where Paul ...

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Andreas Köstenberger

Many people have asked me where they can find the resources by Andreas J. Köstenberger I referred to last weekend.  So, without much ado, here they are in order of intensity. A Quick Interview on the topic of 1 Timothy 2:12. A 32 page paper on the topic of 1 Timothy 2:15. Women in the Church: An Analysis and Application of 1 Timothy 2:9-15.

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Women in Ministry

This past weekend we hit one of the most controversial topics in modern Christianity, the topic of male eldership in the church.  As expected, this has generated a lot of feedback from both sides of the aisle.  On this post, I simply want to list a couple of resources that may help anyone who is wrestling through this topic. Riverview's Paper on Women in ...

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“Prophecies”

During the course of Riv's current series on 1 Timothy, I am going to take some time to blog about some interesting stuff I wasn't able to get to during the weekend services. "This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you..." - 1 Timothy 1:18 What are these prophesies and who made them? Simply ...

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Iron Sharpens Iron

OK, this video is very interesting to me. It's a conversation between Francis Chan, Joshua Harris, and Mark Driscoll. You get the message pretty quickly that there was a topic they were planning on discussing but it gets thrown out the window because there is a more pressing issue at hand. Josh and Mark spend the time challenging Francis on a few things regarding ...

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One of the…

One of my favorite phrases is "one of the..." Let me use it in a sentence for you: "I am one of the pastors at XYZ Church." Not sure if it's me, but I am hearing this phrase more and more lately and I smile each time. It seems that perhaps we are beginning to recapture the often neglected biblical principle of a team of pastors/elders leading the church ...

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