Preparing for Worship // June 02, 2019

Preparing for Worship // June 02, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Was God the original “glamper?” Glamping is a new revolution in the world of camping where “stunning nature meets modern luxury.” You no longer have to sit in the dirt and forge for food, but can have running water and WiFi with you in the […]

Preparing for Worship // May 26, 2019

Preparing for Worship // May 26, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I have recently been re-exposed to the world of contract negotiations. My housing situation is changing, so I had to negotiate the terms of a new place to rent and was reminded of just how little power I have in those situations. A lot of […]

Preparing for Worship // May 19, 2019

Preparing for Worship // May 19, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Our society works best when people delegate. It would be a mess if every household had to grow all their own food, design and make all their own clothes, be their own government and police force, and practice their own medicine. Back in 380BC, Plato […]

Preparing for Worship // May 12, 2019

Preparing for Worship // May 12, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I am still keeping secrets I learned in elementary school. Not because I want to, or because I have any good secrets, but because I made the biggest promise an 8 year old can make… A pinky promise. At that age, no kids have been […]

Preparing for Worship // May 05, 2019

Preparing for Worship // May 05, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It’s almost graduation season! A big shout out and congratulations to all of Uptown’s Seniors who will be finishing up with their studies and onto the next chapter of life! Keep pushing, you’re almost there. It is an exciting and confusing time. Both parents and […]

Preparing for Worship // April 28, 2019

Preparing for Worship // April 28, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) The book of Hebrews has been full of comparisons with Jesus. The author has been going through many different categories of offices and saying, “Yes, these are great, but Jesus is greater.” Or, to put it another way, “Christ Is Superior Over All” (what a […]

Preparing for Worship // April 21, 2019

Preparing for Worship // April 21, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) One of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons was Pinky & The Brain. It was the animated adventures of two lab mice. The affects of all the experiments run on them made The Brain a super genius mouse, and Pinky was a silly and not very […]

Preparing for Worship // April 14, 2019

Preparing for Worship // April 14, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “It’s all about who you know.” If you are trying to move up in the banking world of Charlotte, get your kids into the right college (or the right preschool), or even see the right doctor at Novant or Atrium, knowing someone on the inside […]

Preparing for Worship // April 07, 2019

Preparing for Worship // April 07, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) There are a few Christian hymns we know and love with mysterious origins. How Firm A Foundation appeared in a hymnal over 200 years ago, simply attributed to “K.” There are theories of who this illusive K is, but certain knowledge of who this is […]

Preparing for Worship // March 31, 2019

Preparing for Worship // March 31, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “Back in the day,” Tuesdays were music-culture’s favorite day of the week. It was a norm that record stores would release brand new albums on Tuesdays. Now, in a more digital musical age, this phenomenon has disappeared. Most artists release singles on new music Fridays. […]

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 […]