Sorry! Seriously, I’m sorry! This blog has become essentially dormant. I have big plans for 2014 and blogging, but for now until the end of 2013, I’m just trying to catch my breath. I have not given up on writing books reviews nor have I thrown in the proverbial towel when it comes to interviewing well-known authors. In fact, I’m just getting started. Yet, in light of how rarely I have posted in the last few months, I do want to thank those of you who have remained faithfully connected to this blog.
2013 has been a year dripping with evidences of God’s grace. So, rather than merely providing a glimpse of what is coming in 2014, allow me to recount what God has done over the past 12 months.
Well, this is a big year for the Hartmans! We have officially entered min-van land. That’s right, baby Hartman #2 is on the way (2014). We are thrilled and thankful for God’s grace in giving us another child. Parenting our first son, Jude, has been a gospel-centered learning experience. Rebekah is a great mother and cares for him in a way that reflects the love of Christ. Me on the other hand, well, I’m still figuring things out. I constantly remind myself that I am the picture of God in Jude’s life, so I must be an accurate picture. Also, Mr. Waffles (our dog) is now the size of a small horse. Yay!
Last Christmas our family started the journey toward church planting. In April of this year we officially stepped down from our position in an established church to plant Redeemer Church in Rocky Mount, NC. God has blessed this new gospel work since its inception and we are thankful. Church planting demands much of both me and Rebekah, which is in part why my blogging has come to a grinding halt. Learn more about Redeemer Church by visiting our website or watching our intro video.
I finally finished my Ph.D. studies and was awarded a Ph.D. in Church and Dogma History from North-West University. Also, I began teaching classes for Judson College (online) and North Carolina Wesleyan College (on-campus). Throughout the year I have been enjoying writing various articles, but I am most excited that a re-worked version of my dissertation is being published by Wipf and Stock.
By God’s grace I desire to continue to grow more into the image of Christ. I want to be a clearer picture of Christ as a husband, father, and pastor. I pray that by the leading of the Spirit I will be more intentional in my pursuit of the lost that God places in my life.
There is a lot coming up next year…
- My wife and I celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary
- Our second son will be born
- I will begin working on my next book
- Redeemer Church will be making a greater impact in Rocky Mount
- Our (Redeemer Church) newly forged partnership with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary will help us prepare young men for ministry
And there is much more I could list. However, if at the end of 2014 me, my family, and my church are no more like Christ than we are today…then no matter how busy our calendar has been or how many benchmarks have been met, 2014 will be a waste.
May Jesus be glorified in the days to come.