Rebecca Stark is the author of The Good Portion: God, the second title in The Good Portion series, a series written to encourage women to immerse themselves in the depths of Christian doctrine.

The Good Portion — God explores what Scripture teaches about God in hopes that readers will see his perfection, worth, magnificence, and beauty as they study his triune nature, infinite attributes, and wondrous works. 

Rebecca also blogs at Out of the Ordinary.



Sunday's Hymn: Like a River Glorious



Like a river glorious
Is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious
In its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth
Fuller ev’ry day,
Perfect, yet it groweth
Deeper all the way.

Stayed upon Jehovah,
Hearts are fully blest,
Finding, as he promised,
Perfect peace and rest.

Hidden in the hollow
Of his blessed hand,
Never foe can follow,
Never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry,
Not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry
Touch the spirit there.

Ev’ry joy or trial
Falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial
By the Sun of Love.
We may trust him fully
All for us to do;
They who trust him wholly
Find him wholly true.

—Frances Havergal


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Selected Reading

I read or watched these recently and recommend them to you.


If You Want Your Kids to Own their Fath, Teach Them to Think Criticall About Their Faith
A long title for an important article: “It’s good to teach your child what to believe. But that’s not enough. We also need to teach them how to think. Simply put, if we want our kids to own their faith, we need to train them to think critically about their faith.”

Little Kids Need Big Biblical Words
Because (hopefully) they will grow up into them. 


Is the Doctrine of Imputation Taught in Scripture?
Some people claim it isn’t, but in this short video Guy Waters shows that it’s taught in both the Old and New Testaments.

Authority of Scripture
Another video, this one from The Gospel Project’s The 99 in :99 series.


Theological Term of the Week: Ectype

“A copy of the archetype. In theology, the creature is the ectype and God is the archetype.”1 Human knowledge, for instance, is ectypal. It is an imitation of God’s knowledge—derived from his knowledge and only a finite likeness of it.

  • From scripture:
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… .
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them. 
(Genesis 1:26-27 ESV)
  • From Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof on human ectypal personality: 

We should be careful … not to set up man’s personality as a standard by which the personality of God must be measured. The original form of personality is not in man but in God; His is archetypal, while man’s is ectypal. The latter is not identical with the former, but does contain faint traces of similarity with it… . What appears as imperfect in man exists in infinite perfection in God.


Learn more:

  1. Herman Bavinck: The Archetypal/Ectypal Distinction


Related terms:

1 From None Greater by Matthew Barrett.


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