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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.


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.

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.

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

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

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!):

Podcast Episode 17: Living Poured Out

by Hans on January 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

Dale (my brother) and Christina (his wife) decided to go visit friends serving overseas. This episode comes direct from there, along with our buddy Josh. Josh and Joanna’s wedding was the first one I ever did, so they’re extra special to me. 🙂

The podcast theme for this month is marriage and family. I think a lot of the ways that evangelicals talk about marriage and family is a little silly at best and idolatrous at worst, so hearing Josh’s perspective on decisions they’ve made and why they’ve made them was refreshing.

Special bonus: I take the reins of hosting this time (since Dale and Josh were sitting in the same room, side-by-side), and I think I did a pretty bad job at it. Enjoy! (And if you want to listen to last week’s episode, head here.)