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What is Sin?

Sin is any failure to reflect the nature of God in nature, attitude, or action.

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Leftover Questions, Part 1

Whenever we host an event at Riv, we try to do a Q&A session at the end.  Unfortunately, we can only answer a small fraction of the questions we receive.  After the God's Not Mad At You event we hosted last weekend, someone asked me if I would answer the leftover questions on my blog.  My first reaction was, "No way!  There are too many!"  After some ...

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Tuesday Rewind: An Open Letter to Pastors

On some Tuesdays, I go back into the archives and dig up something that still relates today. For the next 5 weeks, I am going to repost the Top 5 Posts from 2011.  Today's post is #1 and it comes from February 21, 2011.  I am so glad this was the most popular post on my blog last year, because it was by far my favorite and the one I felt most passionate about ...

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Review of “Real Marriage,” by Mark and Grace Driscoll

Two weeks ago at Riv, I quoted from three fantastic books on the topic of marriage.  I have already reviewed two of the books (Sheet Music by Kevin Leman and  The Meaning of Marriage: by Timothy and Kathy Keller) and today I am reviewing the final book, Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll. Overview If you Google my name, one of the top responses ...

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Accountability Accountaschmility

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned in one of my posts that "Often the way we use accountability is a stupid thing because it doesn’t actually accomplish anything. But if used well, it can be a powerful tool."  It was suggested that I devote an entire post to this topic and I planned on doing so...until I read these two posts by Tullian Tchividjian.  He so nailed ...

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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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“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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Proclaimed from the Housetops

Jesus made this most remarkable statement: Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. - Luke 12:2–3 Let that settle in for a minute. At Riv, we've been ...

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Acceptable Sins

This past weekend at Riv, we continued our series on sins we think are acceptable in our culture. I shared the top ten results I got from my text message poll from the first week and a lot of people wanted to see the rest of the list. Here it is, listed from most common response to least. Oh, and just because it appears on this list, doesn't mean it's a sin. ...

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Respectable Sins

Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate Respectable Sins is actually the inspiration behind the series I am doing right now at Riv. In this book, the author confronts those sins in our lives that we think are not that big of a deal. In each chapter, he shows us why these are a big deal and then helps us take steps toward working on them. Like ...

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