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The Technology-Free Zone

by Hans on January 22, 2018 in Discipline

Last week I shared about my no Netflix resolution for 2018. This resolution wasn’t about movies, or Amazon video, or Watch ESPN, or anything like that; the resolution was specifically about too much of one specific source of media consumption. However, this resolution did not come about in isolation. No, this resolution has a fraternal twin:

No technology in the bedroom.

You might think this resolution came from a desire to be a better husband and devote more time to Courtney, but it didn’t. You might think that this resolution came about through careful examination of my heart and my habits, but it didn’t.

No, this resolution came about from a random conversation with one of my kids.

No Netflix 2018

by Hans on January 17, 2018 in Discipline

This Sunday, we’ll be in week 3 of our series Resolved. If you’ve been at The Chapel for any amount of time, you’ll see that we’ll do a run for several months through a book, then we’ll run through a topic. As you will see right now, this series focuses on a topic—resolutions.

So, here’s a resolution of mine: No Netflix.

A lot of resolutions are general—be nice, do more good things, give more, etc. I try (and often fail) to make my resolutions specific and, to one degree or another, annoying for me. 

New City Catechism: Questions 18, 19, and 20

by Hans on September 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

We are playing a little catch-up on thee questions and answers. I brought the kids in for question 17 and they wanted to stay for a couple others. So we offer you three. It would’ve been four questions, but the fourth turned into a hot mess. This is a pretty accurate representation of how it ACTUALLY goes.

QUESTION 18

Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?
No. God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them both in this life and the life to come.

New City Catechism Q. 18 from Hans Googer on Vimeo.

QUESTION 19
Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor?
Yes. God reconciles us to himself by a Redeemer.

New City Catechism Q. 19 from Hans Googer on Vimeo.

QUESTION 20
Who is the Redeemer?
The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ.

New City Catechism Q. 20 from Hans Googer on Vimeo.

Book Review–Multichurch: Exploring the Future of Multisite

by Hans on September 20, 2017 in Church

Roughly fifteen years into the modern evangelical marvel of multisite, a new book has come along. The first swath of books on multisite focused on some of the foundational elements of multisite. Those writings helped bring about the commonly-held definition of “one church meeting in multiple locations” (The Multi-Site Church Revolution, 18) and offer some loose theology for the multisite movement as well as pragmatic principles for how to “do” multisite. Of course, anyone who operates within the multisite world knows full well that the standard operating procedures always change.

Now, Brad House and Gregg Allison have recently published MultiChurch: Exploring the Future of Multisite as part of the change in the multisite landscape. House and Allison are both elders at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Allison also serves as professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. (It should be noted that House previously served at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, so he got to see some of the growth of multisite—positively and negatively—from the inside.)

MultiChurch is like the more mature older brother of the other works. Where previous works on multisite offered joyful enthusiasm for the potential of the multisite movement, MultiChurch offers a measured approach to multisite ministry—offering both theological and practical examples of how that works out over time (the good and the bad).

New City Catechism Q.17

by Hans on August 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

Another week, another song!

As a family, we now have songs for questions 16-30. Question 31 is the Apostle’s Creed, so it is going to take some work.

This one, again, is super easy.

What is idolatry?

Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator.

Ok, on to figuring out the Apostle’s Creed.

New City Catechism Q. 16

by Hans on July 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

So the family and I have been slowly going through New City Catechism, a great tool in teaching biblical theology to the church. Catechisms are simply questions and answers that help to instruct people in the faith. They can, at times, feel a little wonky, but we have found them helpful for us.

What we like about New City Catechism is that (1) it is short (only 52 questions and answers) and (2) that every answer has a shorter children’s version to memorize. So, essentially, we like that it is short. We don’t even try to memorize the adult version. Just the kid one.

Now, if you download the app, you’ll also find that the children’s version has songs. Apparently, all the songs have been written, but they have not all been posted to the app. Only the first fifteen have been posted (as of this entry).

Well, we’ve taken matters into our own hands and started making our own versions of the songs. This is really gonna screw our kids up when Crossway releases the other versions of the songs, but we don’t care. I decided to share the in case it helps you, too. It likely won’t (unless you play guitar and like catechisms), but might as well try.

Here’s Q.16:

What is sin?

Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, not being or doing what he requires in his law.

New City Catechism Q.16 from Hans Googer on Vimeo.