Sermon Reflection Questions – 01.13.19

What does it mean to be a loving witness? How do nonbelievers call upon Jesus to be saved? Who are three people you can be a loving witness to this week?

Sermon Reflection Questions – 12.30.18

How does the hope of glory help in your current struggles in a fallen world? What steps can you take in order to rest assured that death no longer has victory over you? Are there any aspects of our glorification that you better understand now? How do these encourage you to glorify God and eagerly […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 31, 2016

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 31, 2016

 Compromise sounds like a humble thing in the eyes of the world. And in many circumstances it is an honorable thing to do such as in marital conflict. However, what the world does not understand is the faithfulness of Christians to the Lord Jesus Christ and their unwillingness to compromise. The bumper sticker ‘coexist’ is a good summary […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, June 14, 2015

Injustice is a reality that we live with. It is part of the consequence of the fall. Yet we can not eradicate the image of God in us. Despite the injustice that we experience and that we may even bring upon others we yearn for justice to be realized. This is why gang members during the Baltimore riots this […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 15, 2015

When you fear where do you turn? Where do you look for help? In the text this week we see David fleeing from his enemies because they are after him to kill him, namely Saul. The Lord protects him in many ways. When we fear we often feel alone and far from God. God shows us […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, October 19, 2014

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” ~ John Piper “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”  ~ Abraham Kuyper “Why is it that some Christians cross […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, October 5, 2014

The athlete and the movie star are two of the biggest types of icons in the last 50-100 years of American history. So much so that the people who are the best at what they do in these respective areas are solely known by what they do. We may know nothing about Lebron James except that he […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, September 28th, 2014

When we first get married I doubt that most of us think of the relationship we will have with our in-laws and yet it inevitably becomes one of the most important relationships that we deal with in our marriage. There are married couples who have bitter conflicts with their in-laws and there are couples who have harmonious […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, September 21, 2014

“I heard that when white folks go fishin they do somethin called ‘catch and release.’ Catch and release? I nodded solemnly, suddenly nervous and curious at the same time. ‘That really bothers me’, Denver went on. ‘I just can’t figure it out. ‘Cause when colored folks go fishin, we really proud of what we catch, and we […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, September 14th, 2014

My parents told me that I often ignored their instruction at an early age. If they told me to not put my finger in a light socket I would attempt to do just that. I can remember early on my mom had just put on the stove top to get a pot of water to a boil […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, June 29th, 2014

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Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, June 22nd, 2014

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, June 22nd, 2014

Hey Everyone my name is Andrew Newman and I will be taking over the worship internship which means I will have the opportunity to publish the worship blog each week.  I just finished my first year at RTS-Charlotte and I plan on graduating in the next two or three years.  I was born in Greensboro, NC […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, June 1

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, June 1

“Beauty is rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming.”  – Donna Tartt, The Secret History Michaelangelo’s “David” is arresting when viewed in person. It is far taller than one would expect, and the tall dome of the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze seems to extend that statue even further. The statue of […]

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, 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, 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 16

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, March 16

 I had a very active imagination as a child and because of this spent hours upon hours playing with plastic Army men.  I had a seemingly endless number of figures and, not content with the isolated one-off battle, set up full campaigns spread out across my home in the country. These campaigns would even consist […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, February 16

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, February 16

 Not to be outdone by the spectacles of previous awards shows, the 2014 Grammys made its mark on the pop-culture landscape by making the pinnacle of the show the mass marriage of 33 couples whose demographics were composed of both heterosexual and homosexual couples. Macklemore accompanied the ceremony with his song Same Love, which is […]

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 […]