Hart’s At Grace
The days are long, predictable, and a bit ordinary. As I type, Erza is lying on my shoulder watching his favorite show and Eli is sitting on the floor playing with his toys. Brooke is in the kitchen preparing dinner. The rain is slowly dripping outside and it’s mostly quiet in the neighborhood. This describes many of our days. Boring to some, it’s just right for us.
The Lord continues to sanctify us through daily family worship, prayer, study, and worship on the Lord’s Day. And it is by his ordinary providence that our most formative spiritual maturity has taken place. We’ve learned to enjoy the menial, even long for it.
Ezra’s command of the English language continues to startle me — his memorization of the Lord’s Prayer, hymns and Psalms, and catechetical questions even more so. Eli is our smiley child. He loves to open his mouth wide and show the world his naked mouth. The boys love when company comes over and have had no problem occupying our guests and their children. Ezra likes to play rough, but we’re working on it. Brooke is a wonderful mother and wife, serving our home with great ardor and strength.
As I said, it’s been rather ordinary around here. But we like it. According to the Bible, we all should.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Tim. 2:1–4)
My winter-semester at the Reformed Theological Seminary has officially come to a close. I am pleased with my efforts and have maintained a 3.9 GPA with the institution. It can be challenging to do schoolwork online, but our monthly men’s cohort has helped pass the time. These meetings have provided the necessary space to deal with our coursework outside of the classroom, as well as help to instill important practices within our personal ministries and homes.
While not directly seminary related, I have begun writing some theological articles on my site that deal with many of the topics learned in class. You can find them listed here, here, and here. Each article deals with something peculiar to Presbyterianism, though they should not be viewed as academic.
Grace Church Update
Please keep our friend and member of the church, Jack Reger, in prayer in the coming weeks. He had been in critical care with COVID-19 related health concerns. He is now in rehab and they anticipate some level of recovery. The extent of the damage done to his lungs is still unknown and will take months to grasp a fuller picture.
The church is doing well, despite the present challenges posed by the Coronavirus. I recently began updating a running document with the minutes of our Sunday Evening Fellowship. This has become our collaborative effort to observe the Sabbath Day in corporate worship further than our morning service.
The men’s and women’s groups are continuing to press on. The men have been reading through a commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith by G.I. Williamson, while the women have just recently finished J.I. Packer’s Knowing God, and are now embarking on the task of reading through What is Reformed Theology by R.C. Sproul.
I recently preached a sermon on Mark 4:21–34. You can find it posted here.*
Continue to remember these saints in prayer, as you do our family, as well as the New River Presbytery (PCA) of which we are associated.
*The hosting location of collected sermons is subject to change