The Third Monday / Jan / 23
Musings and News
For nearly two years, Greatheart’s Table (“GHT” as I affectionately call it) has reliably appeared in your inbox on the first, second, and fourth Monday of each month. But this, you already know, is a third Monday. What’s up with that?
There’s no need to be alarmed. Nothing is changing to the regular rhythm of first, second, and fourth. What is changing is the addition of this “Third Monday” post where I hope to talk more personally about what is going on behind the scenes with GHT and with me.
GHT is built on the metaphor of pastors gathering around a table to talk about issues that matter to them. With any such gathering, there is small talk. “How’s the family? Are you really going to enter that triathlon? Do you have any trips planned?” And so forth. And small talk, regardless of its diminutive name, can be hugely important in encouraging depth of relationship.
I know that conversation around this table flows largely in one direction, and these Third Monday posts will be no different, though here as elsewhere I welcome interaction. These are intended to simply let you know what I’m up to and at times to solicit some direct input.
So welcome to this inaugural Third Monday edition of Greatheart’s Table.
I’ve been encouraged to write a post to remind readers of the why of GHT. I hope to do that soon. If you’d like to have a part in that, leave a comment below letting me know the itch I’ve been scratching and will help me frame that post. Thanks.
I was recently honored to have had a short piece published in the journal of Reformed Theological Seminary. This may only interest those of you who live in Presbyterian world. If you do, I hope you will read it. I object in this article to the widely held notion that the Westminster Shorter Catechism was “written for children.” That is an unhelpful and, in my mind, erroneous, idea. You can find the article here.
My wife and I are beginning to map out our schedule for 2023. So far, it is certain that we’ll be in Tacoma, Washington, the week after Easter and in Cincinnati the first week of May. If any of you would like to gather in any location, let me know. Grabbing a real table at a brewery, a coffee shop, a bakery, or the like would be fun.
Some of you may have seen in a few locations, Facebook and Instagram mainly, some fairly upscale hooks promoting GHT. That is the work of my daughter, Jerusha, who is taking some steps to more widely market this. She is encouraging me to get exposure by being interviewed on podcasts. The problem is that the podcasts I frequent deal only with woodworking, running, or writing. I therefore don’t know the ones that might have an interest in what I am doing. If you know of any such podcasts, please let me know or, better yet, have them reach out to me. Either way, I’m accessible in the comments here, or at Randy@greatheartstable.com.
I am close to adding a paid subscription option to GHT at which point some aspects of the newsletter, including these Third Monday posts, will fall behind the pay wall. But the main content, the three posts/month, will for the foreseeable future remain accessible to all for free.
Thanks for letting me intrude on your normally peaceful Third Monday.