December 20, 2017

Christmastime is full of great seasonal traditions. We decorate Christmas trees, make Christmas cookies, share Christmas gifts. The memories we make with friends and family in these are precious and indispensable.

But sometimes, it seems, there are just too many traditi...

October 25, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, Hugh Hefner, the man who built the Playboy empire, passed away at age 91.

There was much debate about what kind of legacy he left our world. Many religious and feminist thinkers alike talked about the negative ramifications of the doors he opened...

October 11, 2017

Recently, I have begun reading more theological non-fiction than I ever have before - works by C. S. Lewis, N. T. Wright, and others. So far, I have been encouraged by their works, but it has taken me literally years to work up the courage to engage in this type of phi...

September 13, 2017

With the entire state on fire, the last thing that Oregonians want to think about right now is more fire. That’s why, when I started reading Daniel 3, I felt a little weary already.

However, I’ve found that God often uses these times of weariness to teach us to rely mor...

August 30, 2017

Loving God and loving others are so closely related that they cannot be separated.

Over the years I've heard people say, "God and I are tight, but people I can do without." Don't get me wrong; there's no doubt that people are hard to love at times. With all of their ha...

August 19, 2017

I've been thinking a lot lately about comparison and how we've justified it in the church. I spoke with a couple of different friends just this week. One of them thought it an oddity that I spoke of Catholicism as a different tradition, rather than a different religion...

August 9, 2017


Sing a new song to the LORD, 

for He has performed wonders; 
His right hand and holy arm

have won Him the victory. 

The LORD has made His victory known; 

He has revealed His righteousness

in the sight of the nations. 

He has remembered His love

and faithfulness to the...

August 2, 2017

If that title threw you off, then we’re on the same page.

Last week, while I was doing some research on music and theology, I came across a term that has come into use lately. It describes a good portion of modern Christian popular music that is being referred to as “Je...

July 26, 2017

Waiting is one of the hardest things to do.

I was with my family the other night at a minor league baseball game. We were waiting in line to get tickets. As I watched the other lines around us, it became obvious that our line was the slowest. This did not sit well with...

July 12, 2017

Last Sunday, July 9th, was Youth Ministry Sunday at Riviera Baptist Church. As part of that, we had the Youth Worship Team lead the service, we presented an award for outstanding achievement to Lauren Rice, we had hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch, and we played a Yout...

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Every two weeks, one of the RBC staff members will write a short blog about their area of ministry, church events, or their personal walks with God! New posts appear every other Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. 

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