Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 25

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 25

“But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.”  Luke 19:27 There are times when I read the words of Jesus and I have a little mental jolt. It is almost as if my mind leans back in a chair a little too […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 11

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 11

My grandfather passed away before I was born. Though I never met him, I know through the testimony of those who knew him that he was kind, generous, and devoted to family and friends. I see his influence in my mother, my grandmother, my aunt and uncle, and others in my family that knew him well. […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 4

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 4

The current cultural climate in the United States has an uneasy fascination with war. In some sense, many Americans are very tired of war. The specter of nine years of military intervention in Iraq and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan haunt even the most ardent warhawk. More than a decade of sending troops to the Middle […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, March 30

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, March 30

Sometimes a phrase gets stuck in your head and you return to it throughout your life. As a teenager, my mother would often say to me, “Remember who you are…” before I would walk out the door to hop in the car with my friends. As my friends would participate in all manner of debased […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, March 2

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, March 2

The 2007 movie “There Will Be Blood” follows the life of Daniel Plainview, a ruthless and self-destructive oilman who seeks wealth during California oil boom of the late 19th century. Opposite Plainview is the young pastor of the local Church of the Third Revelation, Eli Sunday. Though initially portrayed as sinner and saint, it becomes […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, February 9

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, February 9

Throughout ancient history, economies ran on an intricate system of weights and measures. Before coinage and the development of paper currency systems of payment and trade were carried out through the exchange of goods such as foodstuffs, livestock, and metals like gold, copper, and iron.  For many of these items, value was established upon weight […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 26

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 26

Once a year, the campus ministry I attended played a massive week-long game of “Assassin.” The object of the game was to eliminate the players assigned to you by spraying them with a water gun (or, for the McGuyvers in our group, an improvised water bottle).  Therefore, if you were playing the game, you were […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 17

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 17

The term “semantic satiation” refers to the process in which a word or phrase temporarily loses its meaning after numerous repetition.  There is an unfortunate tendency for this to happen within the Christian life. Because of sin, our hearts can harden to the beauty of often used phrases and words such as the “love of […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 5

Reza Aslan’s book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” rode high on the New York Time’s best-seller list for parts of 2013. In this book, Aslan, a professor at the University of California-Riverside, attempts to make the case that Jesus of Nazareth was one of many failed Jewish nationalists in first-century Palestine. […]