UBC Pastoral Staff Blog

Resurrection Sunday - Holy Week Day by Day

Posted onApril 12, 2020 | by: Dan Reinhold | 0 comments

In the week leading up to his death, the Good Shepherd went out to meet the wolves of judgment, sin, and death—and he did so with all authority. One might wonder, what good has it ever done anyone to die for some cause? This is the glorious beauty of the gospel. Jesus didn’t die as a martyr for a cause. He was never in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was never at the mercy of anyone. He lived, died, and was buried because he meant to be....Keep Reading

Saturday - Holy Week Day by Day

Posted onApril 11, 2020 | by: Dan Reinhold | 0 comments

Less is written about the Saturday following Jesus’s crucifixion than any other in the scope of this week. Yet what makes it unique is that this is the only full day in history where the body of Christ lies buried in a cave. ...Keep Reading

He Sympathizes with our Weaknesses

Posted onApril 10, 2020 | by: Brad Thompson | 0 comments

As we observe the life of Jesus on earth, we see that He was approachable, and that He was full of compassion, mercy, and grace. Is Christ any less approachable, compassionate, merciful, or gracious towards sinners and sufferers now in heaven than He was when He walked the earth? Does the exaltation of Jesus make Him far removed from man’s daily toils and struggles? Hebrews 4:15 tells us no! In fact, it is in our “weaknesses” that Jesus “sympathizes” with us. ...Keep Reading

Good Friday - Holy Week Day by Day

Posted onApril 10, 2020 | by: Dan Reinhold | 0 comments

On Thursday night in Gethsemane, Jesus was arrested—betrayed by one of his disciples and abandoned by the others. The chief priests and the Sanhedrin called for secret trials in the dead of night, and the verdict handed down was that Jesus would be crucified. This is something the Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate, has to execute. And reluctantly, he does....Keep Reading

Thursday - Holy Week Day by Day

Posted onApril 9, 2020 | by: Dan Reinhold | 0 comments

The Thursday prior to Jesus’s crucifixion fills many pages in Scripture. It begins with John and Peter securing the upper room. There, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet, explaining he is there to make them clean. As they begin to eat, Jesus announces one of them is about to betray him. Each wonders if he means them. Then he dispatches Judas to do what he intends....Keep Reading

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