Preparing for Worship // March 24, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 24, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “I believe; help my unbelief!” This cry from the father of a boy with an unclean spirit in Mark 9 seems perplexing. It sounds like if you were to get pulled over by a police officer and tell them, “Officer, I was not speeding. But […]

Preparing for Worship // March 17, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 17, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It is a highly contested debate, but I firmly believe that the hardest course offered at my university was Civil Engineering 455 – Design of Timber Structures. I might be biased because I studied Civil Engineering and barely survived this class, but I think 9 […]

Preparing for Worship // March 10, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 10, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) In speaking on the incarnation of Christ, Gregory of Nazianzus said, “What has not been assumed was not been healed.” One of the earliest internal battles Christianity had to fight was on the two natures of Christ. How could one person be both fully God […]

Preparing for Worship // March 03, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 03, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Trust and obey, For there is no other way To be happy in Jesus, Than to trust and obey. Seems simple enough. There are not any big mysteries revealed in the words of this classic hymn. But they can be really discouraging if taken as […]

Preparing for Worship // February 24, 2019

Preparing for Worship // February 24, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Fred Sanders wrote, “Christology is the doctrinal locus where Christianity has the greatest need for theological precision. To be wrong here is to be wrong everywhere.” He clearly does not take the study of Christ lightly, and he has a point. At the heart of […]

Preparing for Worship // February 17, 2019

Preparing for Worship // February 17, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Every time my family went to the beach growing up, we had the same routine. We would lay out a blanket, put all of our things down, and apply liberal amounts of sunscreen right away (and then forget to re-apply for the rest of the […]

Preparing for Worship // February 10, 2019

Preparing for Worship // February 10, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Angelology is an area of theology where most of our creativity may have gotten away from us. Not many Christians have a robust, well thought out theology of angels and demons. Pop-culture has told us that angels are humans in bright robes with eagles’ wings, […]

Preparing for Worship // February 03, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) One of the most popular refrains in all hymnody is, “Jesus loves me! this I know, For the Bible tells me so”. Anna Bartlett Warner wrote this song specifically to teach it to children, and over 150 years later, all around the world Christians still […]

Preparing for Worship // January 27, 2019

Preparing for Worship // January 27, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I have been in Charlotte for a year and a half now, and am still amazed by how many churches there are here! It’s ridiculous! Charlotte is the only city I have lived in where it is easier to give directions from church building to […]

Preparing for Worship // January 20, 2019

Preparing for Worship // January 20, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I have only seen a couple of episodes, but I am fascinated by the TV show “Hoarders.” Every episode has two people who for one reason or another cannot get rid of their possessions. You get a glimpse into their homes and see piles of […]

Preparing for Worship // January 13, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Think for a moment through your personal testimony. How did you come to know Christ? No two testimonies are exactly the same. Even if you were to ask two siblings raised in Uptown’s youth ministry – with the same home, same parents, same school, same […]

Preparing for Worship // January 06, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It’s hard to believe that we are already almost a week into 2019. How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming? The changing of our calendars is a great opportunity to pause and reflect on the past year and look forward to a fresh start on […]

Preparing for Worship // December 30, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 30, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) My personal reading habits spoil every story I read. My book reading strategy is to read the first chapter of a book, then skip to the very last page. There are many reasons people do this, but mine is that I care for the characters […]

Preparing for Worship // December 23, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 23, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Mythology has always been an interesting subject for me. In history classes growing up, I enjoyed the lectures on Greek and Roman gods because it was mostly stories and there were no dates to memorize. It’s fascinating to think about how a society would see […]

Preparing for Worship // December 16, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 16, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) If I were to tell you that Mary Poppins Returns will be the greatest cinematic masterpiece to ever hit the silver screen, there is a slight chance you would believe me. You know from experience that the first Mary Poppins was a great movie. It […]

Preparing for Worship // December 09, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 09, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It’s that time of year. If you have to ask “What time of year?” you probably haven’t turned on the radio, walked into a store, or listened to the songs we are singing this week yet. Christmas is almost here!! We are counting down the […]

Preparing for Worship // December 02, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 02, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) There is a common joke that it can be dangerous to pray for patience. If you pray for patience, God doesn’t give you patience – He gives you more opportunities to be patient. God brings those special people or situations in your life that just […]

Preparing for Worship // November 25, 2018

Preparing for Worship // November 25, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Sometimes it takes a dictionary to speak “Christian-ese.” There are a lot of words that Christians throw around that no one in the world ever uses. “Fellowship,” “quiet time,” “anointed,” “communion,” “advent,” and “life group” are all phrases long time Christians probably understand, but new […]

Preparing for Worship // July 16, 2017

Preparing for Worship // July 16, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) [This week’s worship preparation was written by Nathanael Miller, Uptown’s Pastoral Intern for Outreach] We all know that appearances can be deceiving. I think that the food in a fast food ad looks delicious. The perfectly crafted meal is aesthetically pleasing, with the light hitting […]

Preparing for Worship // July 9, 2017

Preparing for Worship // July 9, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) [This week’s worship preparation was written by Mark Skylling, Uptown’s Pastoral Intern for The Gathering (Young Adults) Have you ever experienced the calm before the storm? Perhaps it’s the cool breeze you feel while dark clouds are looming on the horizon. Or maybe you’ve seen […]