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Una Iglesia Sobrenatural

Una Iglesia Sobrenatural

Tenemos hermosos pensamientos sobre lo que es o podría ser la iglesia, pero a través de diferentes experiencias frustrantes, desarrollamos un concepto que se parece más a un club social, que a la asamblea sobrenatural de creyentes llenos del Espíritu Santo. El esfuerzo que tomaba aprender a montar la bicicleta llevó un niño a abandonarla. Lo que él nunca se dio cuenta es que el verdadero problema era que las llantas de la bicicleta perdieron el aire. Igualmente, no podemos ser iglesia sin el Espíritu Santo.

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We have rich expectations of what the church is or could be, but through different frustrating experiences, we develop what looks more like a social club than a supernatural assembly of believers filled with the Holy Spirit. The frustrating amount of effort required may cause us to abandon our attempts. What we fail to realize, though, is that we can not be a church without the Holy Spirit.

Is the Building the Vision?

Is the Building the Vision?

How many new church plants start to decline after they acquire a permanent building? I recently received this question in an email.  Though I don't have the statistics, I do have stories. These are stories of churches that have slowly started their decline after completing building projects and others that have built and are still thriving today. But what has made the difference?

Saints Worth Celebrating

Saints Worth Celebrating

The church is getting some tragically and disturbingly well-deserved bad press these days. I do not excuse the bad actions of any who are a part of the church. We are all responsible for being light and salt in our world, and the church must take care to provide a safe and secure environment.

However, when my adult daughter and I have conversations about the state of the church, I remind her of her grandma, a powerful example of a loving life. Even in the midst of bad publicity we've brought upon ourselves, the church is still filled with good people quietly doing good things. That's worth taking a moment to remember.

UBA's Top 10 Articles of 2018

UBA's Top 10 Articles of 2018

2018 has brought a lot of things our way: heavy losses, exciting possibilities, and hard discussions. Likewise, our blog also had a lot of fascinating and pertinent articles for the year. As we prepare for what God has in store for 2019, we'll first pause to remember and celebrate the top 10 articles of 2018.

Does Your False Self Preach a False Gospel?

Does Your False Self Preach a False Gospel?

We all have different masks—or false selves—we put on, versions of ourself we wish were true. These identities can range anywhere from helpful, to innocuous, to even detrimental to our spiritual health. Let’s take a moment to examine the dangerous false selves we present and how they might damage not only our walk with Christ but also our witness and community.

Little Jordans that Divide

Little Jordans that Divide

What are the little things we let divide the church? As small differences carve deeper divides in the church, we must be careful not to turn our eyes and weapons against our brothers as the Israelites were tempted to do. We must fight not to look at those who have been in the trench with us and wonder if they, too, are just a little too dangerously different.

Waking Up Thoughts

Waking Up Thoughts

What are the first things on your mind when you first wake up? Metaphorically, when the staff of UBA get moving in the morning, there are a few core convictions that put steam in our step. Behind our values, our mission, our vision, and our day to day activities, these are our rally points and our resting positions.