Help a Pastor Out…

17 minutes. That’s all. Studies have shown that people decide whether they are going to make a  return visit to a church within the first 17 minutes of ever arriving. Each year, many visitors pass through the doors of Uptown Church asking themselves if this is a place they belong? From my perspective, two of […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 08.20.17

How has God delivered you from your sin and the death that you deserved because of it? Where would you be if it weren’t for his redeeming grace? How have we, as God’s church, compromised ourselves to the world? Has there been a time recently when you should have spoken up about your faith but […]

Preparing for Worship // August 20, 2017

Preparing for Worship // August 20, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) One of the songs that we’re singing this week is “Christ is Risen” by Matt Maher. The song’s bridge goes like this: “O death where is your sting? O hell where is your victory? // O church come stand in the light, The glory of […]

The Good Portion: Sitting at the Feet of Jesus in the Midst of Chaos

  It is entirely possible to go through your day frantic with busyness and entirely miss out on the best part, Jesus himself. Luke includes in his gospel a very short five verse snapshot of a story that happens all too often in our own lives. Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 08.13.17

How does Jesus’ death on the cross expose our sinfulness? How do you typically respond when your sin is exposed? What sins do you need to bring to Jesus on the cross? Where do you need to seek forgiveness? Who do you know that needs to hear the hope that Jesus’ death gives us?

Preparing for Worship // August 13, 2017

Preparing for Worship // August 13, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) But what about your enemies? If dying for your friends is the pinnacle of love, what about dying for your enemies? The Bible makes it clear that […]

Five “Fake News” Stories People Believe about Early Christianity

  There’s been a lot of chatter about “fake news” in recent months.  Some stories, even though they have no basis in fact, are told so often, and with such conviction, that large numbers of people end up believing them anyway. And some of these fake news stories even dupe legitimate political figures who repeat […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 08.06.17

How has your over confidence caused you to fail? How has your weakness caused you to fail? How has your impulsiveness caused you to fail? How has your fear caused you to fail? In which of these areas do you have the greatest tendency toward failure? In this passage, we see Jesus succeed where all […]

Preparing for Worship // August 6, 2017

Preparing for Worship // August 6, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I was really struck by something that Mike said when he preached a few weeks ago. The gist of it was, “How do you respond when you mess up? Do you act surprised, as if you could never fail?” I was convicted by this question because, […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 07.30.17

Jesus warns us against putting our hopes in false saviors. What false saviors are you looking to for hope? How does Jesus’ return, including the judgment that comes with it, give us hope? The primary way that we prepare for Christ’s return is by spreading His Kingdom (either in our own hearts or in the […]