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Tiny Churches

In personal on May 2, 2008 at 8:50 pm

Tiny ChurchAs I continue to seek out wisdom for leading my growing family in a way that honors the one who took pity on me while I was His enemy, I enjoy reading posts like this:

Have you ever thought of your family as “a little church?” It is an idea that many Puritans and other believers embraced. Like a church, the family exists to worship, serve and glorify God.

Would he find you commanding your children and your household, and teaching them the way of the Lord? Would he find an altar in your dwelling? Do you worship God with your children? Is there a Church in your house?”

Does anyone practice any kind of “organized worship” in their homes? Singing together Sunday mornings before church. Nightly devotionals. Extended prayer times. Etc. I’d love to hear of some examples if you have any traditions you keep.

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The Big Announcement: November 9, 2008

In personal on April 28, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Well, it’s a big announcement for me.

Ultrasound1

A month ago, that little grayish blob on the right side of the bigger black blob was confirmed by a guy in scrubs with lots of diplomas on his wall to be my first child!

Today, that same doctor showed us this:

Ultrasound2

God, how did you do that? It has a nose…

Well, my wife Libby is doing well and has been such a trooper through the first trimester. Please pray for us as we learn how to raise a child in the discipline and instruction of the Lord; God has until November 9th of this year to teach us everything we need to know! I’m certainly open to any advice for expecting dads on this blog but we’ll also be posting pictures and news on www.jasonandlibby.com as well so feel free to comment there as well. Thank you for your prayers!

Being Good For Business' Sake

In links on April 23, 2008 at 9:10 pm

My good friend Andrew posted an article from Paul Graham titled Be Good. The article hints at the idea of running a business like a charity in order to make money. He cites the example of Craigslist which has been very successful by providing folks something they want but with a not-for-profit business strategy.

Andrew asked the following questions:

  • Does this principle match up with Scripture?
  • If so, why is it still sometimes hard to determine what is right?
  • Also if so, why aren’t Christians the most decisive and least confused people you ever meet? After all, don’t we have the ultimate Moral Compass?
  • Is it wrong, as believers, to think like this?

I’m going to think over these for a few days and post something here later on this but if you’d like to join in the discussion, head over and answer some of these good questions.

Ted Kooser At My Alma Mater

In links on April 9, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Well, I will fully admit that I know nothing about this man or his poetry but I couldn’t resist posting something that appeared in Christian blogdom about my undergraduate place of learning (HT: Reformissionary). For those that know anything about UC Davis…we’re not in the spotlight much unless cow research is being discussed.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3xaPEYocsE

Click here if the above link does not work 

Clicks Are Important

In personal, technology on March 9, 2008 at 4:52 pm

The other day after Sunday School, a friend stopped me and handed me a newspaper clipping of a Dilbert comic. The comic reminded him of me and he made it a point to cut it out and give it to me next time he saw me.

Before the internet, this was how we hyperlinked things.

Now, I’m a technology nut and I think there are many benefits to what technology allows us to do that we couldn’t do before. But, had he emailed me a link to this comic, I probably wouldn’t have thought too much of it. The fact that it was cut out and hand delivered was a little more meaningful, just like we all still enjoy receiving regular mail. Receiving it by hand was much more valuable to me than receiving it by a mouse click.

Then I got to thinking how important my clicks are to me. I read through a lot of news/blogs/articles everyday on the web. Each thing I read through is found with a single click on a hyperlink somewhere during my daily reading. So when I read through something that isn’t very meaningful or doesn’t cause me to stop and think, I honestly feel like I’ve wasted a click.

This isn’t good. I haven’t timed how long it takes me to click a mouse button but I suspect I’d need something better than a second hand to accurately measure it.

I was reading another biography on Jonathan Edwards the other day and found out that his study habits often found him behind his books for 13 hours a day. Now, this 13 hours included his pastoral duties, but it still offers a glimpse into how much time Jonathan spent studying the Word and those who wrote about the Word. But, the biography continued, he never seemed to be in a hurry to do anything. He never seemed as if he had somewhere better to be or something more important to be doing than whatever he was currently engaged in. How many people can we honestly say are like this?

This seems alien to me. Here I am worried about every click of the mouse and whether or not it is a good use of my time and I’m only spending a fraction of my day in the way that I would like to be. It’s difficult not to become so concerned with my time that I make others around me feel like I am unapproachable because I’m too busy.

We read in Ephesians 5:16 that we should make the best use of the time because the days are evil. Paul is referencing an avoidance of a depraved lifestyle in the passage but certainly we can apply this to this situation if I’m living like the world around me. Maybe this is a good time to clean out my feed reader of some unedifying blogs…

Where Has Jason Hart Been The Past Week?

In personal, travel on March 7, 2008 at 10:31 am

Ship

It is good to be back at sea-level…

When God uses metaphorical language in the Bible, its meaning really takes hold when you experience the metaphor itself. For example, God says we are in darkness until our eyes are opened and we see the world through the Holy Spirit’s council. This metaphor has a lot more meaning when you attempt to find your way around a room that you’ve never been in that is 100% devoid of any light. Psalm 40:2 says He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. This has taken on a deeper level of understand after coming down from a place that is not exactly “firm”.

And no, that is not the exact ship I was on, I just liked the picture.

A Tim Keller Valentine's Day

In books on February 15, 2008 at 5:21 pm

I have the best wife. Ever. Not because she bought me

The Reason For God

on the very day it came out. But because she knew to buy me that on the very day it came out. There is a big difference…

Anyways, I’ll certainly read through it in a few days but I won’t bother to review it, there are much wiser people out there that have reviewed it (read them here and here). What I’d really like to do is see if there is someone out there willing to read it along with me. The book’s subtitle is Belief in an Age of Skepticism, maybe you don’t believe but are interested in figuring out what this is all about. What do you think? Let me know if you’re interested.

Challies Giveaway

In personal on February 13, 2008 at 9:48 am

February Giveaway

Click the link above to enter for a chance to win some DVDs, and yes, by clicking above you improve my chances!

Bad Drivers in the Washington DC Area

In humor on February 13, 2008 at 9:23 am

This morning, some of us woke up to find scenes like the one below

Ice Tree Branch

and I predict that at work/school today, everyone will “discuss” how horrible every driver on the road is. But no one will admit that they could possibly be the bad drivers on the road. So, if everyone is talking about all the other drivers on the road…who exactly are these bad drivers? The radio didn’t even bother to announce which roads are backed-up, it just said every possible road is delayed. Accidents were everywhere and yet, no one is a bad driver. So, if you’re waiting for me to admit fault….keep waiting, I walk to work!

EDIT: On the more positive side of things, isn’t God’s work amazing? Job 37:10 says “From the breath of God ice is made” and Psalm 148:8 says that the snow and hail fulfill His word. Today we were able to just stop and stare at God’s fulfilled word while we scrapped the ice from our cars and inched along the sidewalks trying not to slip. This weather, while frustrating our daily plans and causing delays in our schedules, is from God for us to be awestruck and marvel at His power and to realize that He is creator and ruler. You’re already late to work today, take some time to just stare at what He did today and give Him thanks for it.

Lost in Translation(s and packaging); part II

In personal on January 30, 2008 at 8:26 pm

About a month ago, I shared a story about a man I gave a copy of the Bible to. I didn’t expect to hear from him ever again given the fact that he lives on the other side of the country. But one month later, I am truly excited.

He is reading it.

He is sharing it with his family.

He is reading it to his kids and they are interested in what it says. The Word of God is in his house and it is going forth. Please join me in praying that Christ would open his heart.