Posts by University Church of Christ

Posts by University Church of Christ

Why We Are Going

Each year as we begin planning for and training our missionaries for a week of laboring for the Kingdom in Jamaica, I am struck with the question “Why?” Why do we put so much effort on the mission trip? The simple answer is found in Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” The New Life mandates we share the Gospel with the world around us, and beyond. The Gospel is not limited to…

A Heart Filled with Love

Nineteenth century poet William Bell Scott wrote Maryanne, a poem telling the story of a boy and girl growing up in the country side professing their love for one another. As the years passed, the girl cast longing eyes to the city and left the country and the boy behind to marry herself to high society. Her new love lured her into the sewers of sin, staining the purity of her past with the prostitution of her present. While she…

God With Us

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son” (1 John 4:10). As the humble king stared into the celestial expanse, God’s concern overwhelmed him, “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psa. 8:4). Those words were spoken generations before God even appeared with us as Emmanuel, which means “God with us” (Mat. 1:23), and is the embodiment…

Total Commitment

She was a Gentile, but her declaration of faith echoes throughout history. Ruth’s testimony confronts the unbeliever and encourages the believer, proclaiming a pattern of total commitment. Too many people today dabble in Christ. They inch to the water’s edge, test it, and draw back in fear of commitment. To those, Christ said, “Whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” (Mat 10:38). Jesus wants total commitment. Ruth shows us what that looks like.…

Easier at the Beginning

It is easier to resist at the beginning that at the end.” So said the strip of white paper wisdom. Often fortune cookies are trite and worthless, yet this one spoke an ancient truth—a truth as ancient as God himself (1 Cor. 10:6-15). How many hearts have been broken, lives shattered, tears cried because people were ignorant of the difficulties of resisting at the end instead of the beginning? Eli learned this lesson the hard way. His sons were “worthless…

What is Not Assumed

Gregory of Nazianzus was born into a Christian family in Cappadocia. His father, bishop of Nazianzus, gave Gregory an intense religious education. He studied in Caesarea, Caesarea Philippi, Alexandria, and Athens. While in Athens, he roomed with his friend and fellow Cappadocian, Basil of Caesarea. Gregory returned home to teach rhetoric in 356 ad. At that time, he dedicated himself to asceticism and caring for his parents. Later, Basil convinced Gregory to join him at his monastery in Pontus where…

Opening the Door to 2024

As the expiration date on the year 2023 swiftly approaches the University church can look back on a wonderful year. The sweet fellowship, mountains of service, and attention to our divine mission has carried us to the doorstep of another year, and the future looks as bright as our history. It is difficult to think of the University church without thinking about Focal Point, one of our main projects each year. This year’s slate of speakers was not only top…

Five Factors of Acts 2:38

In Acts 1:8, Luke reveals a general outline of the book as a whole, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Their witness to the gospel would begin in Jerusalem and make its way to Rome where it would be set to go to the “end of the earth.” While the book records…

Brothers, What Shall We Do?

Hundreds of thousands of Jews milled the streets of Jerusalem shopping, talking, and laughing. In a moment everything average about that day stopped. They heard a whooshing sound, and it drew everyone’s attention to a group of crazy men who were marginalized when their leader was punished for blasphemy. Now they were drunk at nine o’clock in the morning, spouting gibberish, and making a spectacle of themselves as the multitude watched. Then Peter stood, saying, “These people are not drunk,…

Overcoming Prejudice

The natural human tendency is to embrace homogeneity. People are most comfortable around others like themselves. Computer programmers often form friendships with other programmers. Competitive runners develop a community with other runners. This extends beyond work and recreation to race, gender, and religion too. Often, “outside our comfort zone,” simply means someone is surrounded by people who don’t share their interests, understanding, or cultural background. Few people in history exemplified this phenomenon like the ancient Jews. Israel was called God’s…

Why People Love Christmas

Another holiday season has arrived with lights, glitter, and tinsel in tow. Joy and smiles dot the landscape as people search for the perfect gifts and attend parties and gatherings. Decorations go up, animosity goes down, and for a little while the world seems in harmony. What is it about the holidays that so many love? Throughout the year, other days of celebration are popular, but none of them come close to the popularity of Christmas. I think the holiday…

An Astronomical Connection

Connections. As humans, we crave connections and relationships. They help us become part of a community and build emotional ties, and strong bonds. They even help us find links to our past. In the song, Somewhere Out There, Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram lift the burden of their separation, singing, “Even though I know how very far apart we are, it helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star” (lyrics by James Horner). The stars that…