Pastor’s Blog

Stewardship, Generosity, Falling in Love, and Prayer

So much has been said and written about stewardship and generosity. Basically, it all boils down to this: The more you give, the better you’ll feel, and the more joyful you’ll be. However, regardless of how inspirational the talk and elegant the writing, the practice...

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How Do We See and Hear God?

One of my favorite childrens’ anthems begins, “I see the love of God in every river.” This anthem continues by listing many ways we can see God – and all of these ways are right before our eyes. It’s a beautiful and simple message. As a church musician, I make...

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Gentle Care at Tender Places

Service and care occur here in sometimes very quiet and unheralded ways. The loss of a loved one is a very tender time in the life of those left behind. There is much to care for, and many decisions require much of family members designated to care for the closure...

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The Other Side to Stewardship

I’ve received some really positive feedback on our recent Stewardship emphasis in worship. I hope you enjoyed hearing the sermons as much I enjoyed preaching them. By way of a very quick recap, week one began by recognizing, with the Psalmist, that the earth is the...

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Listening to Understand

Saturday, June 17, dawned sunny, clear, and mild over RVA. It promised to be a wonderful day for any outdoor activity: gardening, golf, kid’s soccer and tee ball, swimming, you name it. That gorgeous morning found me at the corner of River and Ridge Roads indoors in a...

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I Cannot Thank You Enough

Margaret and I have been members of River Road for thirty-three and a half years. I have been a staff member for twenty-four years. During all of that time, you have given us many gifts. Words of encouragement, pats-on-the-back, public appreciation for a task well...

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Let Us Rise Against Hunger

In 2017 Stop Hunger Now rebranded to become Rise Against Hunger (RAH). Driving Rise Against Hunger’s work is the recognition that ending hunger is more than just feeding people, which led to a focus on feeding programs in areas where the organization can have a real...

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What I Celebrate

I walked up to the Celebration Sunday picnic with pasta salad in one hand, and a toddler in the other. Someone walked right up to take the pasta from my hand and said, “Let me help you.” I celebrate the help and love my church family gives us. I celebrate that kids...

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Children’s Musical: A Table for Five….Thousand!

Our children’s choirs gave a wonderful presentation on May 24. The Cherub Choir, made up of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, directed by Kim Crowley, sang folk songs such as Lord of the Dance and Hashivenu, and closed with Go Now in Peace. Our two older...

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Regrets and Healing

What We Regret We regret choices we made/choices we never had (job, marriage, family) There are things we wish we had not said/had said We wish we had spent more time on(family, friend, laughter, roses) We held grudges, built walls, set conditions, withheld...

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Summer Gifts from God

Originally published in the 2017 Fall Quarterly Explorer PASSPORTkids! Camp by Buddy Sumner photos by Kenton Sumner Early one Tuesday morning, nine families entrusted their children to three adults for a journey that would leave such an impression on their lives...

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Making a House a Home

Recently, Will and I moved into a new house. It’s our first house together, and we’re just beginning to figure out this home ownership thing. Where we used to have maintenance help from the apartment owners, we now must research and fix it ourselves or hire someone....

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Introducing… Thoughtful Faith Community

Originally published in the 2017 Fall Quarterly Explorer Your church staff and the Board of Christian Education and Spiritual Formation have been hard at work revamping our Wednesday night programming. We’ve worked to align the children’s and adults’ schedules so that...

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“What are You Teaching the World?”

Last Sunday, Chester Phelps’ sermon was awesome. If you haven’t heard it, you should check it out. Towards the end of the sermon, he talked about how we all need to go out and do something to show what Christ has done for us. Last night at Vespers, Karen Brown asked...

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The Excitement & Freedom of Faithful Stewardship

Stewardship, more than mere giving, is about asking the question, “How is my life to be lived if I am to live my life in God’s service?” There are two ways to ask that question: the minimizing way and the maximizing way. The minimizing way asks, “How much must I do?”...

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Thank You

Sometimes, words do not convey the feeling one has for a task completed or individual involved seeing that a project is successful. This is especially true with the recently completed mission trip to Farmington, Maine. Twenty-four youth and twenty-one adults worked...

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Building the Next Generation of Church Leaders

Hiring the right people for our staff is critical to the health of our congregation. As a member of our Personnel Committee for the last several years, I have been a part of the hiring process for several of our ministerial and other staff members. During the hiring...

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Events Welcome New Members & Guests

Originally published in the 2017 Summer Quarterly Explorer Before the construction of our chapel, the founding members of River Road Church built a fireplace on the property. Around that fireplace, they shared fellowship and their dreams for a new church. It seemed...

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WMU Connectors Attended Kates Day

Originally published in the 2017 Summer Quarterly Explorer Five women of the Connectors’ Women’s Missions Circle of RRCB went to Kates Day at the Women’s Correctional Center of Virginia in Goochland. This has become an annual visit for several women of RRCB who go in...

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Fidelity

Some words in the Hebrew language are downright difficult to translate. A rich case in point is that of the word chesed (transliteration), which refers to a particular characteristic in relationships, specifically attributed to God. Over the centuries of translations...

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Christmas in July

Hello from Tennessee! Our group of 16 made it to Knoxville around 10:30 on Sunday night. Camp began on Monday afternoon with singing and dancing and all around excitement for the week to come. We’ve had a great week of learning, laughing, being together, and...

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RRCB Preschool Fun Day

Originally published in the 2017 Summer Quarterly Explorer Rain didn’t stop us from having fun on May 13th! Our Preschool Fun Day was enjoyed by families from both River Road Church and River Road Preschool. We played games, sang songs, and had story time together....

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Who are we? Reflections on CBF General Assembly 2017

At River Road Church, Baptist, we partner with a number of church and parachurch organizations to advance the work of God in the world. While we are ecumenical in our fellowship, we are Baptist in our congregational structure, and we are Baptist in that we send...

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