Did Jesus Promise to Return within the Lifetime of His Disciples?

For critics of early Christianity, one of the stock objections is that Jesus predicted he would return in the lifetime of his disciples.  And since he clearly didn’t return, then he cannot be believed. Indeed, it is this belief that has spurred many other theories among scholars, most notably Hans Conzelmann’s thesis that Luke’s Gospel […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.15.18

When was a time when you have experienced the perversion of justice in society? When have you been treated unfairly by a boss, parent, judge, etc.? When have you treated others unfairly? When have you judged others unfairly in your heart? How have you used your authority as a parent, boss, teacher, etc. in a […]

Preparing for Worship // April 15, 2018

Preparing for Worship // April 15, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Each of us has an innate sense of justice. Deep down, we all believe that a person should be repaid based on what he or she does and how he or she treats other people. If you do a job and do it well, you […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.08.18

When recently have you experienced the saving, sustaining, or satisfying of Christ? How consistent is your Sunday morning worship? When you come to church do you do so as a joyful response to what Christ has done or because you think it’s what you’re “supposed to do”? What avenues of worship do you engage in outside […]

Preparing for Worship // April 8, 2018

Preparing for Worship // April 8, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I love weddings (I mean, who doesn’t?). Actually, what I really love are wedding receptions, because they are parties with a reason for celebrating. Most of the events that we call parties are really just social gatherings: work parties, most Christmas parties, and most birthday […]

Seeking Rest in Jesus (Download a Devo)

We are challenging you to download a devotional (below) and spend two hours with Jesus. Read on, download and then put it on your schedule. Earlier this month 90+ men from Uptown Church fled the city and met up together in the North Carolina mountains. This was not some secret ritual, this was the men’s […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.01.18

What doubts about Jesus are you struggling with right now? What do you need to do to address these doubts and live at peace with God? In what ways are you interacting with Jesus on a regular basis? Are these interactions marked by duty or delight? How well are you living in humble confidence? How […]

Preparing for Worship // April 1, 2018

Preparing for Worship // April 1, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) The gospel begins on the darkest day in history. But it is quickly followed by the brightest. The same Jesus who was crucified, died, and was buried, was then raised to life. Why was this the greatest day in human history? Because on Easter Sunday, […]

Generation Z and The Means of Grace

In January, the Barna Group released the findings from their latest study on “Gen Z: The Culture, Beliefs, and Motivations Shaping the Next Generation”. The Generation Z demographic is born between 1999-2015. In other words, they are roughly our current seniors in high school down to the kindergartners and according to the study; they are […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.25.18

Are you tithing? Are you joyfully and generously giving to the poor on top of that? If not, what keeps you from giving more? When was a time when you lent someone money? What expectations did you have for that person? How might the radical generosity that God has shown you change the way that […]