Sermon Reflection Questions – 09.17.17

Consider this quote from J.I. Packer: “If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on […]

Preparing for Worship // September 17, 2017

Preparing for Worship // September 17, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Growing up, whenever I would go and stay at a friend’s house my dad would always say to me, “Remember who you are.” It was his way of telling me to behave. Basically, he was saying, “You’re an Overcast, so act like one whether you’re […]

Uptown Church’s Philosophy of Youth Discipleship

It’s a new school year and with that a new wave of rising sixth graders and new families to the youth group. At our recent Kick-Off Sunday Open House, we invited parents to join us downstairs in the cafe to experience first hand what Sunday school looks like, to encourage our families and to teach […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 09.10.17

How have you experienced a gap between what you want to do in your Christian walk and what you do? Do you ever feel as if you lack the power for the Christian life? How is our union with Christ simultaneously both humbling and encouraging? Where are you living as if sin still has power […]

Preparing for Worship // September 10, 2017

Preparing for Worship // September 10, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) One of my favorite icebreaker questions is, “If you had to be handcuffed to someone for a week (it can’t be your spouse), who would you choose, and why?” In fact, take a moment right now and think about it for yourself (or answer it […]

Are Christians Intolerant Haters? Lessons from the Church of the Second Century

As you now know, my book on the second century has just been released in the UK: Christianity at the Crossroads: How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church (SPCK, 2017).  It will be released in the US with IVP Academic in the Spring. Since it has been released, folks have been asking […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 09.03.17

In what area of your life do you need to apply the truth of the covenant of grace? What work(s) are you looking to for your salvation, to justify yourself? Think through the categories of record, religion, and rule discussed in the sermon. Where are you living as if you have to earn salvation? How […]

Preparing for Worship // September 3, 2017

Preparing for Worship // September 3, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “Covenant” is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot in the presbyterian world: Covenant Day School, Covenant College, Covenant Seminary, Uptown Christ COVENANT Church. But what is a covenant? And why is the concept of a covenant so important? O. Palmer Robertson […]

Summer Sabbatical Summary

This summer Ann and I spent most of my two month sabbatical in New Hampshire and Maine at two small lake cottages we rented there. The major focus of my sabbatical was writing. I started work last spring on a new book whose working title is: Sanctification, a user’s guide to becoming more like Jesus. […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 08.27.17

What is your personal mission statement? If you don’t have a written-out mission statement, what do your actions and desires reveal about your mission in life? We are called to go and make disciples of all nations, but we don’t necessarily have to travel far, since people from around the world are coming to Charlotte. […]