Jim Hart


Detaching from the Unhealthy, Unworthy, and Unnecessary (Lent 2019 Devotional)

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the season of Lent. God calls us to observe a holy Lent through assessment, penitence, discipline and renewal, using the classical church practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
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“He who is, Became” (Christmas 2018)

He who is the very essence of being itself, became what he created, taking on the confinement of frail flesh so that we who are born of flesh may share in his divinity. He who is, became.
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Advent: Apocalyptically Shaken

Jesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens...
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Thanksgiving 2018 Devotional

This Thanksgiving, let us give thanks, as St. Paul states, “in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
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Johnson University Chapel Address – October 2018

I had the honor and privilege of speaking at Johnson University’s chapel service on October 11. Continuing their series titled “Because of Your Participation in the Gospel,” I addressed how we can intensify our participation in the Gospel by partaking of the Eucharistic body of Christ in order to become the ecclesial body of Christ,...
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A Legacy of Transformation

A legacy gift is often the single most significant act of generosity toward God that most of us will ever perform. Let your hands be your executor instead of the government!
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Re-Enchanting Worship: Beauty, Heavenly Participation, and Worship Renewal (June ’18 Presidential Address)

Here is the Presidential Address from the June 2018 on-campus intensive session. This talk addresses a way of understanding beauty that can transform the way we approach worship and worship renewal.
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Leading on Empty: Finding Inspiration When You’ve Lost Your Motivation Part 2

Do you know that God always has a mission for us, even in our lowest, emptiest times? In fact, it is an issue of spiritual metaphysics.
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Leading on Empty: Finding Inspiration When You’ve Lost Your Motivation

Second century Church Father St. Irenaeus of Lyons famously wrote, “The Glory of God is a human being fully alive.” God has called us to be participants in His divine nature, bringing His reconciling life to the world through worship. So, why do we often find ourselves “running on empty,” lacking in inspiration and motivation?...
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"Thank You" superimposed on Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church stained glass

Summer 2018 Update

Exciting updates from our June session, including news about ATS, an honorary degree conferral, and more!
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Easter: Defeating the Culture of Death

The celebration of Easter gives us Christians a glimpse into the reality of a restored and reconciled creation. Our missional privilege is to participate with heaven in self-sacrificially ushering in the present and future reality of God’s great gathering Kingdom in a soon-to-be transfigured earth.
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Dr. James Hart

Re-Enchanting the Gospel

The role of beauty in worship is the communication and application of the truth and goodness of God that fires our hearts and souls with an intense love of God, and therefore an intense love of all mankind.
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Georges Rouault, Crucifixion.

Crucifixion of the Beautiful One: The Role of Objective Beauty in Worship [Part 2]

In the encounter of the truly objectively Beautiful One, we are arrested, claimed, and sent.
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Re-enchanting the Gospel: The Role of Objective Beauty in Worship

We need to ask ourselves: do our liturgies, preaching, sacred arts, sacred buildings, scripture interpretation and presentation, and even our lifestyles of virtue, lift our spirits out of the ordinary and toward God, or do they let us remain in the comfort of the increasingly hostile secular world around us?
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