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, April 27

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 27

The Christian faith is a religion that, on the face of it, seems to be quite paradoxical. We believe that to live we must die and that true leaders are actually servants. We serve the God of all comfort and yet find him most intimately in suffering. We find in scripture that we must be […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 20, Easter Sunday

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 20, Easter Sunday

“(About the resurrection of Christ…) First, it proved that Jesus was indeed the divine Son of God. Paul wrote that “[He] was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead” (Rom. 1:4). Actually it was impossible for Jesus’ body to remain in […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 13

This Sunday’s liturgy reflects both the sermon text and the occasion of Palm Sunday. Consider the significance of this event in light of John Stott’s commentary found in “Through the Bible, Through the Year.”  This Sunday, let us come to the sermon text thinking upon Christ’s journey to the cross, where he finds us in […]

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 23

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, March 23

This is, admittedly, not one of my most well thoughtout arguments, but I believe that the heart of the American Dream is best located in two places: the essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the movies of Pixar. (This may sound absurd, but America can be pretty absurd as well, so it fits.) In many […]

Sermon Application Questions, February 16

QUESTIONS 1. Remembrance is a powerful tool for the life of the Christian. How have you seen Christ demonstrate His power over death? How might remembering this event encourage you as you or your loved ones face death? 2. How does scripture speak of both our temporal and eternal lives? What are one or two […]

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 […]