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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.

Episode 27—Moms, Crisis, and Waiting

by Hans on July 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

This week, Dale and I entered back into the podcast game talking with one of my seminary friends, Pablo. Pablo is currently living in Santa Cruz, Bolivia awaiting paperwork to be able to work in the US. Why is he doing that? I’ll let him explain, but it has a lot to do with trying to discern God’s voice, dealing with pain, and having faith. A lot of faith.

Podcast Episode 23: Technology Addiction

by Hans on April 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

We are raising our families in an incredibly different world—a hyper-connected one. I am an avid user of a lot of these technologies (he types, while listening to Spotify, charging his iPhone two feet away, and having just sent an email to a friend about how to get a podcast started).

In this episode, Dale and I tackle the topic of technology addiction, a lot of it built off of this video that made the rounds a few weeks back:

Enjoy the newest episode (which we shortened by about five minutes!):

Building Community in Baton Rouge Culture pt. 2

by Hans on April 6, 2017 in Community

Earlier this week I wrote about some of the reasons it is so difficult to build community in Baton Rouge. In that, I wrote about four relationships that can, at times, take priority over the local church: (1) their immediate and extended family, (2) the friends they grew up with, (3) their old church friends (but not at their current local church), and (4) their kids’ school relationships.

One friend (who moved here as a young married having now grown up here) commented on the original post, saying, “People are very friendly and welcoming, but it oftentimes didn’t move past surface level.”

Is that wrong? How deep can the relationships in our churches here in Baton Rouge realistically be? Do we need to be in a constant state of gaining new relationships and sustaining them to a level of depth (which, over time, leads to dozens and dozens of friendships)? Larry Osborne (pastor in California) actually wrote about this idea in one of his books, Sticky Church. In that, he opines (yes, I said “opines”),

I think of people like Legos. We all have a limited number of connectors. Introverts have a few. Some extroverts have dozens. But either way, once they’re full, they’re full. And when that happens, we tend to be friendly but to not connect. It’s what happens when you move to a new town and are excited by everyone’s friendliness, only to be discouraged three months later that you haven’t connected with anyone. (p. 79)

Osborne uses this concept of connectedness not to chastise churches for being hard to get into but to simply explain why it is the way that it is—over time, people’s ability to keep and sustain relationships hits some type of temperament-dependent capacity. To a degree, I think this is true. At some point in time, we run out of an ability to add on new and deep relationships.

I’m not suggesting (though I have in the past with some folks and have thus learned how dumb it was) that we abolish all non-church friendships.  However, if our local church family is important, how do we give priority to our local church?

Building Community in Baton Rouge Culture pt. 1

by Hans on April 3, 2017 in Community

“I just don’t feel like I know anyone here.”

The staff at the Oaks get comments like that with some regularity. It has been the most befuddling thing as a pastor to try and (1) respond to that comment appropriately while (2) ensuring that those comments happen with less frequency. Have we made progress at it? Absolutely? Have we hit our target? I don’t think so. But I am not 100% sure how.

I was more deliberate this Sunday to state some of the competing priorities that we all have to face—priorities which make that feeling of connection get diminished. I’d hope here to illustrate those (perhaps with more clarity) and then later this week offer up some solutions.