Posts by University Church of Christ

Posts by University Church of Christ

To the Brotherhood Policemen,

I hope this open letter finds you doing well and living by the hope found in our Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to encourage you to think and reason using God’s Word and logic. While the local church needs to fight the good fight and stand for the truth of Christ in love, when did it become of need and even more critical for people to search out perceived wrongdoing in other autonomous congregations? Is there not enough for…

Be a Tychicus

There are a number of people that are mentioned in scripture. Some are spoken of often, while some are only mentioned once or twice. There is a man named Tychicus that is mentioned 5x in the New Testament. Four of those occurrences are by Paul in his letters, and the other one is in the book of Acts. When you examine all of these passages, there is a great lesson that can be learned from this less-known brother. Acts 20:1-4…

Godly Leaders

Have you ever seen a group of people with no sense of direction? I remember as kids my friends and I would run around our neighborhood building stuff, tearing stuff up, and wreaking havoc on the neighborhood. We had no idea what we were doing but we were having fun. I remember one time in particular, we put together a bunch of bikes. We would take the front tire off of one bike and attach it to the back tire…

The Most “Well-Practiced” Team

When it comes to sports, teams practice for the big game of the week. I remember in High School watching the films of our previous games and learning where we went wrong and how we can do better next time. We watched other teams’ films and learned their plays and how we could best navigate the game in order to win. Then we would spend all week practicing against plays that the opposing team would have. We would know every…

What Does It Mean to “Turn to God”?

In the book of 1 Thessalonians Paul is so thankful for these Christians faithfulness. In Acts 17, Paul established this church and had to leave very soon because of persecution. Since that moment, Paul had worried about these Christians. So, he sent Timothy to them to check on them and make sure they were going to be okay (1 Thessalonians 3:1-3). When Timothy reported back to Paul, Paul was thrilled to hear that these Christians had remained faithful and continued…

What is the Lord’s Supper?

What is the Lord’s Supper? Is it a funeral? Is it a celebration? Is it a memorial? Paul, in 1 Corinthians, had to remind the church of what the Lord’s Supper really was all about. They had become divisive and sinful, and needed a reminder. Paul lays out 3 things in the book of 1 Corinthians that show us what the Lord’s Supper actually is. 1. The Lord’s Supper is a Fellowship (1 Corinthians 10:16) Paul, in this passage, is…

The Christ of Christianity

There is perhaps no more significant study in Christendom than the study of Jesus Christ. Without the humanity and deity of Christ, there no longer remains a fruitful approach to the Christian lifestyle. We have to come to terms with Jesus being the King of kings in addition to our propitiation. As God, He demands our obedience to live as His people (Ex. 19:5). As man, He seeks to develop a deep and eternal relationship, one that could be described…

If the Devil Had A Social Media Account

Just a few years ago, we never could have imagined having such a resource as social media. Though email was a big deal, the reach and impact of such sites as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is nothing short of remarkable. None of these sites is good or bad in themselves, but how they are used decides the proper use of them. Knowing that, I just wonder how it would look if our enemy, the devil (1 Peter 5:8), opened an…

The House of The Lord

People often travel to faraway places and visit the ruins of kingdoms and empires that once were. But imagine witnessing ancient Egypt during the age of the Pharaohs or walking through the city of ancient Babylon during the days of Nebuchadnezzar. Even more awe-inspiring would be attending the gladiatorial games at the Colosseum or the chariot races at the Circus Maximus. Or what could com-pare to witnessing the grandeur of Trajan’s Forum with its shops, vendors, library, law courts, and…

Close Yet Distant

Upon reading the title for this, you may be wondering “what does this even mean?” It may be confusing, but it does convey the message I want to get across this week. Although growing up in the city, for a short time Chloe and I lived in a small town (something new and difficult for both of us). The term “culture shock” is often experienced by those who move from an urban area to a more rural one or vice…

God’s Expectations of Humanity

The topic of pride and humility is often drawn out in just about every book of the Bible. Theses adjectives are typically associated with certain individuals. Depending on the character, this characteristic may be the only trait that some people know them for. One thing that can be noted concerning these two attributes is that they can either lead to someone’s demise or success. They are contrasting characteristics. With that being said, Saul and David are two examples of these…

Blue Bell or Broccoli?

That’s not a tough choice for me. It’s Blue Bell every time. Spinach? Carrots? Artichokes? Get real— who would choose either of them over a bowl of Mocha Almond Fudge? Don’t tell me “they’re good for you,” because I want what I want, and it sure isn’t broccoli! To be perfectly honest, the previous remarks are very close to my true feelings, and that may be obvious to all. While I still may not eat everything I should, I learned…
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