Preparing for Worship // May 15, 2016

Preparing for Worship // May 15, 2016

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Two years ago my grandfather decided to have a look at his beach house (that was over 30 years old) to see how it was holding up. It all started because he saw that there had been a leak from one area of the ceiling. […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 05.08.16

1. Are you aware of how the Devil seeks to attack Christians?   2. What is your hope in the midst of the enemy?   3. How can you fight against the Devil’s deceit, division and discouragement?

Sermon Reflection Questions – 05.01.16

1. What about the history of the world gives us reason to rejoice in Jesus?   2. How do we as Christians fit into God’s story?   3. In what way does God’s work in the past give you an unshakable hope for the future?

Preparing for Worship // May 1, 2016

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I have recently been watching a couple of documentary series on Netflix that have been put on by CNN. The series covers the decades of the 20th Century starting with the sixties. I have always enjoyed history and it is a fascinating series to watch […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.24.16

1. Do you fear losing people’s approval if you were to witness to them?   2. Have you considered suffering and persecution as something that glorifies God?   3. How might God be calling you to die to self in your witness to your neighbor?

Preparing for Worship // April 24, 2016

Preparing for Worship // April 24, 2016

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) For most of the people, if not everyone, reading this blog you has lived through the middle school and high school years of your lives. When you come across those photos of your time in school it is laughable to see the style that was in […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.17.16

1. How have you experienced God’s protection and presence in the past? 2. Is the Word of God somewhere you go to experience God? Is it somewhere you go to meet God? 3. How can you share with others the Word of God so that they may understand God to be a God who is […]

Preparing for Worship // April 17, 2016

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) When we have something that we are excited about or passionate about we want to share it. We all have hobbies that we get enthused about wether it’s cooking or sports or fishing. When we talk about the things we are passionate about like a […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.10.16

1. Do you find judgment and hell to be uncomfortable to talk about? If so, why do you think that is?   2. Why is it important to warn unbelievers of impending judgment?   3. What are some practical ways you could tell others about the judgment of God and the way of salvation?

Preparing for Worship // April 10, 2016

My wife and I have two dogs. One of our dogs is somewhat calm and sweet while the other dog is bonkers. This past thanksgiving Meghan and I took them up to Greensboro where my parents live. A good portion of my extended family was coming over for the Thanksgiving meal. Before anyone arrived I tried warning my parents […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.03.16

1) Do you fear the thought of trials coming down the road?   2) What gives you hope in the midst of these trials or the anticipation of these trials?   3) Do you have a sense of the joy that is set before you in heaven? What words would you use to describe this […]

Preparing for Worship // April 03, 2016

Preparing for Worship // April 03, 2016

(Email subscribers: Click here to view the Spotify playlist) This week we are going to be baptizing two infants. Obviously infant baptism or paedobaptism is a controversial issue in the church and has been an issue since the reformation. One way that we as Presbyterians understand the sacrament of baptism is that it serves as a sign and […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.27.16

1) If you were asked by a friend to describe who Jesus was (is), what would you say? What aspect of his nature would you emphasize or leave out?   2) How well do you know the Old Testament? Where is Jesus anticipated in the books of Moses, the prophets, the history, wisdom literature or […]

Preparing for Worship // March 27, 2016

I am always moved by the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Their Lord had just been crucified and in their minds he was dead and in the grave. Yet they still had hope, they had hoped that Jesus would be “the one to redeem Israel.” They were wrestling. Thinking that […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.20.16

1. What is your emotional reaction to catastrophic worldwide events like natural disasters or looming wars? 2. Why can we trust Christ despite our fears, our confusion and our anxieties? 3. What are some tangible ways to trust the Lord in the midst of tribulation?

Preparing for Worship // March 20, 2016

We are often so confused about the trouble we face in life. Trouble, tribulation, suffering – whatever you want to call it – is something that we will inevitably face in life and yet we are often so terrified of facing it because it hurts and it confuses us and it has the potential to lead us to […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.13.16

1. Last week we considered Christ as creator. When you think of Christ as redeemer what comes to mind? 2. How does the exclusivity of the cross bring your to praise Christ for the redemption that is found in him? 3. In what way have your taken the enormous gift of redemption for granted? In […]

Preparing for Worship // March 13, 2016

Preparing for Worship // March 13, 2016

My son Knox is about to turn one and a favorite past time of his is to attempt to dive out of my arms as I am holding him. So on any given day I save his life about 15-20 times. Of course he is totally unaware of this and he somehow trusts me and […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.06.16

In what ways do you see the beauty of God? How does it make you worship him? When we gather together in worship as God’s people, how is God shaping us and forming us? In what ways are you struck with awe and reverence when you reflect on God’s character and his work?

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, 03.06.16

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, 03.06.16

  “It was hard to remember in the heavy and sensual clarity of these mornings; I forgot whom I hated and who hated me. I wanted to break out crying from stabs of hopeless joy, or intolerable promise, or because these mornings were too full of beauty for me, because I knew of too much […]