Posts with the tag “teaching-summary”
January 31st, 2021
Much of the stress of 2020, and the beginning of 2021, revolved around authority. Authority to deal with Covid-19, the scope of police authority, and of course authority in Washington D.C. and the au...
Love Your Enemies
January 24th, 2021
Three ways of responding to enemies:Way 1: The Way of Power -- retaliation, violent oppositionWay 2: The Way of Passivity -- ignoring or fleeing from harmful actsThe Third Way: The Way of Jesus Christ...
The Third Way: Jesus at the Center
January 17th, 2021
Watch or listen to Aaron's weekly teaching on Facebook or UPPC.org.Colossians 1:15-23Question from today's teaching: 1) When religion and tradition are not centered in Jesus, they are unhealthy. Have...
December 20th, 2020
On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we continue our season-long meditation on "Incarnation."The adjustments we've had to make during the Covid pandemic have including at least some degree of isolation fr...
Incarnation: The Savior and Our Need for Saving
December 13th, 2020
You may not be surprised to learn that the word "Christ" is used in reference to Jesus...a lot. (It's not even Jesus' last name!) The word appears around 500 times in the New Testament! But it is n...
Incarnation: Presidents and Kings
December 7th, 2020
The word “incarnation” isn't one we see or hear very often. But it's more familiar than you might think. In the middle is its root, carne. It means "flesh." So “incarnation” means “in the flesh.” ...
Advent, At Last
December 1st, 2020
Dr. Bo Helmich took our meditation to the end of the book of Isaiah this week as we welcome Advent and the anticipation of Jesus, the Messiah! Advent basically means "coming," and contrary to the cul...
We Share: Tangible (Faith Commitment Sunday)
November 23rd, 2020
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil" (From 1 Timothy 6:6-10, NIV).Paul wrote these words to Timothy, who was leading one of the new groups of Jesus followers in Ephesus. But is it t...
We Share: Spontaneous
November 15th, 2020
Nehemiah's city and people are in disarray. Sound familiar? #2020.So he must gain people’s trust during unprecedented times. How does he do it? He gives of himself.This month we are focused on one...
We Share: Intentional
November 8th, 2020
Here's a quick recap of the story of Nehemiah so far:The people of Israel have been exiled to Babylon, then Persia. The exile lasted about two full generations! Imagine: if that happened to you, wha...
We Share: Local
November 2nd, 2020
You'd think it'd be easier for people to SHARE. Right? First of all, parents spend so much time trying to teach kids to share that surely parents must be freely sharing with others all the time. Wh...
We Embrace Messiness
October 25th, 2020
"For when I am weak, then I am strong."These words of the apostle Paul have blessed (and perplexed) countless people throughout the ages. For a man of Paul's background and calling as an apostle of J...
We Love Kids
October 13th, 2020
Summer projects -- they're a lot of fun to start, but often hard to finish. That must have been true to the Nth degree with Nehemiah, the city wall of Jerusalem, and the much larger and harder projec...
We Make Room
October 6th, 2020
Which is easier?A) Conceiving a childB) Raising a child in a Christ-centered, loving homeA) Building a church facilityB) Leading a church to becoming a healthy expression of God's love in communityA) ...
Gut Check Time
September 21st, 2020
Walls are hard to build. The most famous wall in the world -- the Great Wall of ________ (see, I told you it was famous) -- took 1800 years to build.A few centuries before Jesus, Nehemiah was a Jew w...
September 13th, 2020
New season, new series! Having concluded our spring/summer series on Joshua, it's time for us to lean into what it means for a scattered people to reunite and rebuild.Because we're STRONGER TOGETHER....
But as for me...
September 6th, 2020
Six months into our "covid adjustments," it's important that we all make time to count the cost to us. What have we lost? It's important because unless we're intentional about it, the losses can com...
August 31st, 2020
Marathon runners say that something interesting happens between about miles 18 and 22. People "hit the wall." People have to discipline their minds to stay focused on their goal of finishing, and be...
New Nation Parts 1 & 2
August 30th, 2020
Joshua 22 is a study of accusation and explanation, in two parts.Part One: CIVIL WAR2 1/2 tribes of the 12 tribes of Israel had made a deal with Moses, blessed by God, to settle on the EAST side of th...
Formed by Worship
August 9th, 2020
As the 12 tribes of Israel were given their portions of the new promised land in Joshua 19, one has to wonder if they ever argued about whether or not it was fair. Human nature says they would have. ...
Justice and Peace in the City
August 3rd, 2020
30 years ago, I became a kind of "fugitive" or "refugee" right in our building at UPPC! I was in junior high and at an all-night lock in. It was fun, except I had a run-in with a couple bigger, toug...
What to Do with the Violence in Joshua
June 28th, 2020
This week we looked at a text in Joshua that many of us prefer to skip over: Joshua 10:28-31 and following verses. After the defeat of Jericho, subsequent battles were fought in a more familiar and v...
Re-Member Your Story
June 21st, 2020
Note: I'm excited to summarize the message brought today by our new parish associate, Rev. Dr. Martha Greene. Make sure you don't miss her powerful message at UPPC.org or UPPC.org/media. We all have...
This is No Time to Pray
June 15th, 2020
RESPONSIBILITY. It's a word we all learned as children but may not use enough in our daily adult lives, or our lives as the Church together.The question of responsibility is: "When is the time for ac...
Sharing Burdens on the Long Walk of Obedience
June 7th, 2020
Joshua 6:2-52 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for s...
In the Middle of the Waters
June 3rd, 2020
A few weeks ago we entered into this journey through the book of Joshua, and Pastor Aaron asked the question: What rivers do you have to cross? “Crossing the river” is a powerful and long-standing me...
New Leader, Same Promise
May 10th, 2020
Joshua chapter 1 is like a pistol start to a race at the beginning of the story of Joshua. It happens quickly but is crucial to the rest of the book.Many times in life, it is essential to keep the “b...
Joshua: Uncharted Territory
May 3rd, 2020
When in your life have you taken a journey into “uncharted territory?” Moving home? Going to college? Starting or ending a relationship? Facing an illness? Starting a family?This is the situation...
The Undoing of Death
April 12th, 2020
Happy Easter!Needless to say, this has been a strange time in our world, and certainly in the church. Most of us have never experienced an Easter Sunday when all the church buildings were closed! An...
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...
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...