UBC Pastoral Staff Blog

When the Novelty Fades

Posted onApril 8, 2020 | by: Dan Reinhold | 0 comments

“Church online! We get to watch from our couch and eat Cheerios during announcements!” “I’m going to read the Bible every morning! Now’s the time we’ll finally be consistent in the Word as a family!” The first week or two of this disruption may have felt novel and interesting. Coupled with fear of the unknown many might have made it a priority to catch the online service, call a couple friends, recommit to practicing personal devotions, do a short Bible reading with their kids, and pray for a missionary they know. But eventually the novelty fades and we realize that a “virtual gathering” is a weak substitute for the real thing. Eventually our good intentions fizzle out like so many New Year’s resolutions. ...Keep Reading

Wednesday - Holy Week Day by Day

Posted onApril 8, 2020 | by: Dan Reinhold | 0 comments

The past several days have been a rush of tension and anger for Jesus’s opponents—and of unflinching resolve for Jesus. Words have been his currency, and he’s spent piles of them. But on the Wednesday before his death, Jesus is still. ...Keep Reading

Tuesday - Holy Week Day by Day

Posted onApril 7, 2020 | by: Dan Reinhold | 0 comments

If Monday’s arrival in the temple was an all-inclusive, living parable of cleansing God’s house, Tuesday’s entrance is a direct, verbal confrontation with the appointed leadership. ...Keep Reading

Making Plans in Uncertain Times

Posted onApril 6, 2020 | by: Tom Wyckoff | 0 comments

We often forget that life is precious, life is uncertain, and life is short. But God graciously reminds us of these truths in times of trouble, uncertainty, and trial. This past week included record numbers of new COVID-19 infections and deaths. Even more sobering, is the consideration that the coming weeks may bring worsening conditions. How do we prepare and plan biblically in light of these times?...Keep Reading

Monday - Holy Week Day by Day

Posted onApril 6, 2020 | by: Dan Reinhold | 0 comments

If Jerusalem was a beehive, with his triumphal entry Jesus had hit it with a stick. You could hear the buzz grow as the anger within got organized. His kingly arrival was a strong declaration about his authority over all the conventions of man. On Monday, Jesus returns for more...Keep Reading

Palm Sunday - Holy Week Day by Day

Posted onApril 5, 2020 | by: Dan Reinhold | 0 comments

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem perched on a colt, it was the first time since raising Lazarus from the dead that he’d shown his face in the city. The story of Lazarus’s resurrection had circulated so that many regarded Jesus as a celebrity. Everyone wanted to catch a glimpse. They went out to meet him and received him like a King, because they heard he had done this (John 12:18)....Keep Reading

Right Thinking in Fearful Times

Posted onApril 3, 2020 | by: Brad Thompson | 0 comments

There has been diligent effort taken over the past several weeks to protect the health of our family, neighbor, and selves. We’ve kept our distance from those outside of our home. We’ve been careful to sanitize our shopping carts before we grab them and head into the grocery store. We’ve been diligent to wash our hands after coming back in the home, and before we eat. But have we been as diligent to renew our minds as we have been to wash our hands? Have we taken up the same effort to guard our hearts and minds as we have been to guard the health of those that we love? ...Keep Reading

An Overlapping Network

Posted onApril 1, 2020 | by: Dan Reinhold | 0 comments

Sunday mornings are usually an efficient way to have contact with lots of people. There are those who sit around you week after week, rarely venturing to the strange land on the other side of the room....Keep Reading

The Uncertainty of Life

Posted onMarch 30, 2020 | by: Tom Wyckoff | 0 comments

Every day we live is a profound gift. But because of affluence, excellent medical care, and relative ease, many American Christians today have not grappled with our own frailty. When “business is as usual,” we forget that every day is lived on the knife-edge of eternity. Christians of course should know this, and do believe this… in theory. But we are reminded of our own fragility when contemplating death, disease, loss, and human misery. ...Keep Reading

Interruptions and Disappointments

Posted onMarch 27, 2020 | by: Brad Thompson | 0 comments

The family vacation that you have been looking forward to has been canceled. The sports season that you just started has come to a sudden end. The friends, family, and church that you gather with regularly, you are no longer able to gather with. The job that has been so steady is no longer up and running. These are just some of the things experienced by many at this time as they are feeling the effects of COVID-19. ...Keep Reading