His hand is not shortened

So, it has been about two and a half years since I've last written here. It has been two and a half years of much change and transition in my life. Quite honestly, I have lacked the motivation to write here and have felt I didn't really have anything much worth saying. I had always viewed blogging as an extension of my pastoral ministry and a function of the overflow of study, and was never too huge a fan of theology blogs in general without connection to the church. So, the silence here has also been due to a question of identity of sorts.

The last two and half years I have lived life as a "normal" Christian, not as a pastor/missionary, and have been trying to learn what growth and putting Christ first in everything in "normal life" looks like. Not always successfully. I have been rather tempted in my downness to believe the "hand of the Lord is shortened" (Num. 11:23, Isa. 50:2). Is God really at work around/in me? Is God listening?

I long to have the reality of Ephesians 1:19 rooted more deeply in my heart, and to come true more consistently in my life:

Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know...what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe 

Lord, forgive my jaded heart; your hand is not shortened, it does indeed save. It saved me! Help me to yield to and trust you through all of life, to see and savor your greatness above and throughout everything in life, and to share your greatness with those you place in my life. 

There is perhaps still room for reflection and writing on the "one thing necessary" from this persepective. And perhaps some of you may benefit from the process. We'll see where it goes...




Updated design

I had some fun today redesigning the site a bit. (It is good to exercise those CSS and JS muscles every now and then!) Hopefully the site is now less cluttered, easier to read and more usable! That is all. 




Social Media Blues

I have a sort of fascination with social media. I get very excited at the thought of it. But when I actually see what people twitter about and get bored with what is actually on Facebook, I get very disillusioned with the whole idea of it. I have toyed with the idea of shutting down Facebook / Buzz several times. I think it is time to actually do it.

I long for deeper relationships with people, something that social media cannot provide us with no matter how hard it tries. It brings an air of connectedness, but in the end it is vacuous. In its wake is loneliness and a decreased feeling of connectedness than at the start. Boo.

On top of this is the time stewardship issue. Five minutes here and five minutes there on Facebook throughout the day adds up to a lot of time. If I were to have followed every impulse to be on Facebook to rather study Hebrew, I would be a lot further along in Hebrew! Seeing the number of important things to do and study, I must (at least for a time) set aside Facebook / Buzz.

I don't plan to delete my accounts, just to sign out and not sign back in. I also will still be blogging and tweeting things I find significant, and these will still probably autopost to Facebook / Buzz, but I will not be checking these anymore. So comments / questions left there will probably not find their way to me. It would be better to comment on the blog itself, or contact me via email / phone.




Google Buzz + Reader + Twitter + Facebook = Noise by @ScepticGeek

"Google Buzz + Reader + Twitter + Facebook = Noise" by

It is a difficult problem indeed. It seems pointless when many people (like me) post the same thing in every place. Yet, it is confusing when people post different things in different places.

The multiplying of competition makes me feel jaded and want to just opt out of the whole thing. But it is a helpful platform to share with and receive information from others.

I like it for finding articles and seeing pictures, or sharing ideas or funny experiences. The rest of the stream of unsubstantial information is increasingly less interesting to me.





So I have been pretty anti-Twitter for some time now. It seems rather overkill to me in terms of the sheer amount of information being shared back and forth, most of which, I assume, is not that important. Yet, I realized it is a little strange to be pro-Facebook and yet anti-Twitter at the same time. Twitter is actually a subset of the distractions and busyness that goes along with Facebook--Twitter is simply the status update portion of the Facebook profile. Facebook has many more (mostly) useless things to get distracted by than just status updates.

While not desiring entirely to jump in to the Twitter craze of mass updating while avoiding (gasp!) human contact, I think it need not be so overkill. As I have already been accustomed to updating every now and then on Facebook, I figure it might not hurt to do the updating on Twitter instead and then link those to my Facebook profile.

Not that I am that important or anything, but if this is how people are communicating these days, might as well be a little part of it.

That said, feel free to follow me @hauckmatt




one thing is necessary

Well, I have successfully moved my blog over here to TypePad and I am really liking it! Thank you Carol!

I also changed the name of the blog to one thing is necessary. There is a constant danger of allowing our minds to "be led away from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ." (2Co 11:3) Whether led away to false teaching or led away to a sinful lifestyle, or led away to religion instead of Christ, it doesn't matter. I hope that entries I post here will serve to highlight this one necessary thing in life: savoring the Savior of sinners.

I hope this to be a service to you. Until then,

grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2Pe 3:18)




Another blog?

Yes, another blog.

Another blog to take up space on the world wide web. Everyone is trying to be heard these days, and here is one more voice.

I like to journal. Not only for the sake of reading it in the future, or for others to see it, but also for my own personal benefit that I receive from it. In putting thoughts into words, they become concrete and clear. Writing helps me to think. As long as I am going to be writing, why not share what I write? Others might be able to benefit.

I hope that thoughts I write here will help you (and me!) understand the riches of God's glory more and to appreciate Him more.

After all, that is the goal of God in salvation! Thrice in Ephesians 1 does Paul say that redemption is for the purpose of "the praise of the glory of his grace." Ephesians 2 tells us that it was nothing but sovereign grace that reached down and made dead sinners alive. I think a climax of sorts is reached in verse 7.

So that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:7)

I have been saved by grace for the purpose of displaying the rich kindness of God for all eternity. I have been saved to display the riches of God's glory and grace. This I will do for an eternity.

I am impatient and I want to start that now. I want to make the riches of the glory of His grace known and trusted and cherished and treasured. I hope this blog will assist in doing so.

Matt Hauck (郝柏昇)

A once enemy now son, forgiven and freed by Jesus' blood, adopted and called by grace for glory.   (more...)