Five Year celebration

Don’t Miss The River Five Year Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday afternoon, October 22, The River is hosting a picnic. We’ll provide the food. You provide the company! There is no charge.

We’re celebrating five years of the Lord extending His grace and truth through the ministry of The River.

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Consider Turning a Page

It’s convenient. You see it everywhere. People aren’t reading print books; they are reading electronic books—looking at words on screens, whether on a cell phone, a tablet, or an e-reader. Should that raise a question for a Christian—for the person who believes that God inspired a book? In the late 1960s, Marshall McLuhan wrote Understanding […]

Why does He command that?

Augustine, in The Confessions, addresses a profound and simply prayer to God: “O God, command what you will, and give what you command.” I think what he captures in that short cry is becoming increasingly more important to my understanding of how God intends to draw us into a full and rich experience of intimate life. And I think […]

A Seemingly Indirect Way to Go

Have you ever wondered what God is doing in your life? Most people do. If you have some sense that you are in relationship with God through what Jesus has done for you, you will likely have those moments when you say to yourself: I thought God was up to something in my life! What […]

But we don’t get to see Him!

Reflections on Easter Throughout Easter Sunday, Christians hear the proclamation: Jesus is risen! The message—whether online or in other ways—share a fundamental common theme: Jesus is alive! Without a doubt, that is the right and proper declaration on Easter. But what are the implications for us? For those who were not there to visit the […]

Thinking about social distancing, coronavirus, and the Gospel

Here are the givens. The coronavirus is spreading; many will become infected and some will die. That is a sad reality. The magnitude of the spread and the fatality rate is still being debated, even among those who know the most. But it is certain that the disease will spread and that it will leave […]

It’s Not Veiled Advice

If you’ve ever heard someone talk about “the Lord’s prayer” (Luke 11:1–3), you’ve likely heard them explain about how that model prayer begins: “Father, hallowed by Your name.” Attention is given to addressing God as “Father.” That, indeed, is rather unique. There are a number of times in the Old Testament where God is referred […]

Maybe We Shouldn’t Repeat the Words

Jesus explained that everyone, when fully trained, will be like his or her teacher (Luke 6:40). Among other things what this might mean is that no one does the Christian life originally. We all do what we do because we’ve learned from someone, we’ve followed a model we have seen. That is at the heart […]

Don’t Believe the Myth!

There is a common and prominent “myth” about reading the Bible that gets in the way of Christians becoming good readers of Scripture. The myth? “The Bible is very difficult to understand.” This myth summarizes the idea that the Bible is so difficult to understand that only a highly-trained, seminary or Bible college educated person with […]

More Than a Birthday Celebration

Christmas. It is a wonderful time of the year. Yes, it can be a bit chaotic and busy, but with the carols and celebrations, the family and friends, we hear the name of Jesus on the lips many. Even those who do not have a personal relationship with Him seem more inclined to speak of […]

He Didn’t Mumble

What is God’s will for me? That’s not an uncommon question. Particularly for those who are seeking to live out the Christian life well, the desire to understand what the Lord wants for us is prominent. But sometimes, it just doesn’t seem clear. We aren’t sure what He intends. We may have some vague sense […]