April 5th, 2020
When Jesus and his disciples entered Jerusalem, people thought they were ready for him. But he did something that should still surprise us today.Matthew records the events in chapter 21. It was not j...
The Four C's
March 23rd, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a staggering amount of change in our society and world. And with that change comes loss. And with loss comes pain. So regardless of so many details about the crisi...
Get in the Boat...Do Not Be Afraid
March 17th, 2020
Sometimes plans change. While we have been excited to continue the "Bigger Table" series, the impact of coronavirus on our community has compelled us to do some teaching on the source of our hope. I...
Talking Across the Divide
March 9th, 2020
Is the world a divided place?Ever since the stories recorded as early as the third chapter of the Bible, people have been divided from each other, casting blame and hiding from their own weakness. An...
Big God, Small Table
March 1st, 2020
Let's face facts. We, as a society, have become deeply polarized. Wait, it gets worse. It appears that the Church at large, the people who say they follow Jesus, is also divided, but has even contr...
The Throne, the Dragon, and the Crystal City
February 23rd, 2020
This is the 2nd of 2 entries for this week. If you're looking for the teaching series summary, go to UPPC.org/blog and find the entry entitled "Lost in Translation(s): series summary." God’s intenti...
Lost in Translation(s): series summary
February 23rd, 2020
This week is the last of our series, "Lost in Translation(s)" -- seven weeks goes by quickly! This entry is also 1 of 2 because in our teaching time, we tackled both a summary of key principles from ...
Epistles and the Damage Done by Poor Translation
February 16th, 2020
Of all the genres of Biblical literature, perhaps the most abused or misused through history has been the epistles. Epistles are also known as letters. Most were written by the apostle Paul (see Act...
Parables: Stories that Changed the World
February 9th, 2020
Here's an interesting thought experiment -- if you knew you had a finite amount of time to teach people everything they needed to know about abundant life now and eternal life to come ... how would yo...
This Time They Got it Right...Right?
February 3rd, 2020
Like last week, we’re looking again at the nature of stories in the Bible, but this week, we’re moving to the New Testament.Whether we realize it or not, Bible stories often get interpreted like a sor...
They Did It...Must We Do It?
January 26th, 2020
Last week we talked about "lenses" of interpretation. This week we're looking at the unfailing lens to translate scripture....
The $70 million mistake
January 19th, 2020
When we see a photo, we're seeing a very particular point of view on an object in a moment in time. Similarly, in life what we experience is limited by the scope of our internal "lens," that is, our ...