Join the Bible-in-a-Year Posse!

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” -Hebrews 4:12 The Bible is: The very word of God Living, active and powerful Inspired, infallible and inerrant The Bible does: Help […]

Seeking Rest in Jesus (Download a Devo)

We are challenging you to download a devotional (below) and spend two hours with Jesus. Read on, download and then put it on your schedule. Earlier this month 90+ men from Uptown Church fled the city and met up together in the North Carolina mountains. This was not some secret ritual, this was the men’s […]

How to Use Your Photo Directory

We just published our first photo directory in 10 years. The instructions might seem pretty self-explanatory…open the cover, turn page, continue until finished. However, there are many ways you could use your photo directory for the glory of God. Do you ever feel like you get stuck in a relational rut? You know there are […]

You CAN Lead a Small Group Outreach Study

  A few years ago I received one of the best Christmas cards ever. It was a hand-written card from a new friend who said: “Thank you for helping me understand the real meaning of Christmas.” This friend had just become a Christian through a small group outreach study I had led that fall. One […]

Confess Your Complacency and Ask for Awe

Why is it so easy to become enamored with people from history like Jackie Kennedy? Why are people drawn to cultural explosions like “Hamilton”? Why is it so easy to talk about football? Last night Tom Ellis led our life group through a study of Colossians 1:15-23 which led to our asking ourselves some of […]

Adoption Resources

Following up from two Sunday’s ago sermon on adoption, I wanted to share some resources with you all. Resources mentioned in the sermon: Song: Richly Loved by Wright Family Music (Free download) This is the song written by a couple which powerfully displays trust in the love our heavenly father in spite of heartbreaking circumstances […]

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 […]

Notes From This Year’s PCA General Assembly

Uptown’s Company of Pastors In line with our vision to be a leadership greenhouse this past year we formed Uptown’s company of pastors. The idea came about as our pastors processed the desire to be good stewards of the resources he has blessed our church with and wanting to be an ongoing resource for those […]

Farewell from Nathan Francis – Graduating from the Greenhouse

Sadly, in less than two months our family will be bidding Uptown Church farewell. Lord willing, I will graduate from RTS and simultaneously complete my Uptown internship as a Pastoral Intern assigned to Children’s Ministry.  What a joy these past 3 years have been for our entire family! Impactful Experiences Children’s Ministry Little did we know […]

Uptown Church Helping Neighbor Challenge

Uptown Church Helping Neighbor Challenge This year’s Vision Banquet focused on one of our church’s core values, specifically our desire to be a helping neighbor. The presentations focused on that theme from many different angles including: serving the city by getting involved with mercy ministries in Charlotte, the importance of building relationships and caring for […]

Resources for Real Life – Part 1 (Depression, Angry Parenting and Conflict)

Recently someone asked me if there was a busy season when it came to counseling. I replied that there wasn’t really a busy season, but January seems to be when people are most focused on personal change so sometimes things get busier around this time of year. In light of that I am going to […]

A Taste of Heaven

Last week, Ruth Samuelson, one of our members, made an offhand comment to her husband Ken, “People don’t seem to be doing much for Christmas this year.” Little did she know that for the past few weeks Mandy Price, a fellow church member, had been planning a very special event to bless the Samuelson family […]

10 Opportunities to Show Mercy This Christmas

Christmas is a special time of the year. Trees are on sale, Amazon orders are on the way, you have called in professional help for travel negotiations, and you finally get to wear that beautiful Christmas sweater. Christmas is a time when we celebrate the mercy that has been shown to us. In the midst […]

Rest for the Weary

In the past week, I have heard a number of people say that they aren’t able to go onto facebook right now. It seems you can’t turn on the TV, radio or the internet without encountering a political commercial. Every political season brings a barrage of commercials and an avalanche of opinions, which flow from hopes […]

What is a Christian Response to Racial Tensions?

Recently racial tensions in America have been high and in many situations, they have boiled over. Two weeks ago the world watched as chaos erupted in our city. I don’t know about you, but many times that week I felt like I was in a trance, especially when I was watching live video of the […]

Adoption: A Beautiful Picture of the Gospel

When we started the adoption process in the Spring of 2013 we were bombarded with a long list of things that we had to accomplish before we could get licensed for adoption. There were things I was less excited about, and there were things that I looked forward to, like our family photo book. In […]

Back to School (Alternate Title: Dave’s Getting a Demon?)

A couple of years ago Tom Hawkes (our beloved Sr. Pastor) and I had a significant lunch. We discussed a variety of topics (personal life, work items etc). When we talked about professional development Tom brought up the idea of me entering into a Doctor of Ministry program (often referred to as a D Min) […]

Feed on the Word of God…Does that Include Genealogies?

At the beginning of July, the Bible in a Year possé kicked off, and the questions have begun! This week, Michele Hayes asked the group a great question. The title of her email read: “Genealogies — the slop of spiritual food?” In the email Michele asked: “Tips on being fed through genealogies? I’m trying to […]

Join the Bible-in-a-year Posse!

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” -Hebrews 4:12 The Bible is: The very Word of God Living, active and powerful Inspired, infallible and inerrant The Bible does: Help […]

Thank You Meghan!

May 31st was Meghan Newman’s last day working as the Office Manager at Uptown Church. From the moment we hired her in December of 2013 we knew that this day would come. We were hiring the wife of a seminary student; a seminary student that would one day graduate and hopefully get a call, likely […]