Welcome to the repository of articles published by Eastside Church of he Cross.
Eastside Church of the Cross is a congregation of Christians in Louisburg, Kansas. The church was started in the mid-1980s. Louisburg is a small town south of Kansas City near the Missouri border. Many of the families in Louisburg commute into the city where they work, making it a cross between a rural town and a bedroom community. You can learn more about our city by checking out our town paper.
Steve Rives: Steve.Rives@gmail.com
Steve is working on his PhD in Biblical Studies: Old Testament, he has his MA in Biblical Archaeology and has been pastor of Eastside Church of the Cross since 2006. Click here for a list of his articles.
Susan Rives: Susan.Rives@yahoo.com
Susan is working on her MA degree in Theology. She is the founder of the free university style school for kids called Geneva Academy where she teaches children the redemptive-historical and biblical-theological way — click here to read her articles.
This site is a repository of Biblical research with some blog-like features, such as comment sections. It is a collection of articles or article-ideas under development related to Jesus, field research conducted in Israel at Megiddo and Tel Gezer, historic, systematic, biblical and practical theology, and interpretive and textual matters including the Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts (and cognate languages such as Ugaritic and Egyptian) related to the Bible… and all of this in the context of a local church. Indeed, all of these articles have been funded, in one way or another, by the large hearts of the members of Eastside Church of the Cross.
The articles generally fit within the range of Martin Luther’s 1518 Heidelberg Disputation, the biblical-theological writings of Geerhardus Vos, Meredith G. Kline and Greg K. Beale and the basic hermeneutic that is called redemptive-historical and covenantal.
We have a keen interest in 2nd Temple Judaism, but we do not endorse the constant tendency to pit historical studies against reformational protestant theology, and we strongly affirm the doctrine of Justification as historically understood by reformation theologians. We confess the orthodox creeds of Christianity and we find that European skepticism and liberal Americanism result in a kind of thinking that is arrogantly and uncritically critical of most Biblical doctrines.
This blog was started on June, 6th, 2007 as a place to report from the field on research conducted in the second season of the new Tel Gezer expedition in Israel — hence the name. There is one article that was recently uploaded to this site with a date that pre-dates the start of this blog (it was added with a time-stamp to reflect when it was written, not when it was posted here).
We publish articles for the same reason that we worship. Our chief aim is to exalt Christ — to glorify the Trinity — and enjoy God forever by loving what he loves. Jesus loves his bride, and he laid down his life for the church. As an expression of our passion for the church, we primarily publish these articles for the edification of the saints at Eastside Church of the Cross in order to bring clarity to the teaching (especially as we speak and sing the gospel to one another). We also publish these articles with a view to being helpful to the families throughout Louisburg and Miami County, and tangentially the wider Kansas City area — and because of Google indexing, we are finding that this site is used around the world.
How we maintain and update the research on this site comes in three parts: by His Spirit, by His Word and by His church. Eastside Church of the Cross has remained committed to enabling field archaeology and PhD studies that will enrich the ministry of the Word in Louisburg. That research is costly, and is conducted according to the funding made available from the church. But the published results and the generous funding are no better than our love of God and our commitment to Christ. Therefore, it is by the Holy Spirit that we do this; it is by Him that we are enabled to see into the resurrection (even in the midst an evil age and through waves of suffering). That is how we are able to lisp even a single word of praise for Christ. And how is that we know the words to lisp? It is by his Word, the Bible. The Bible is our praise book. To that end, and by deep conviction, we reject all theories that subvert the Scriptures, including higher criticism and the documentary hypothesis. In contrast we unequivocally affirm the inerrancy of Scripture and the the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.