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Thankful Thursday


It’s Thursday again, and time to list a few things I’ve been thankful for lately.

  • soup. It’s soup season, and I’ve been doing my share of soup making. I’ve enjoyed and been thankful for every bowl I’ve eaten.
  • the cold and sinus infection I’ve had this fall is finally on its way out. Hooray and thank you for that.
  • long late fall walks in the woods with the big dog, and short late fall walks in the woods with the grandchildren.
  • ambrosia apples. 
  • winter coats and fleece throws.
  • God’s sovereignty over national and world affairs. He will bring about his purposes in everything and there is comfort in that. 

Also thankful today:

What are you thankful for? Leave a comment with your thanksgiving, post your thanksgiving on your blog, or tweet it. Give me the link by email or in a comment and I’ll add your thanksgiving to the list in the post.


Theological Term of the Week

Systematic Theology
The theological discipline that seeks to summarize what the whole Bible teaches us on any particular subject.

    The premise of Systematic Theology …  is the unity of Scripture: what the Westminster Confession (1:5) calls ‘the consent of all the parts’. This in turn rests on the premise that all Scripture was breathed out by God, and while he may breathe out variety he will not breathe out contradiction. Precisely because Scripture in its entirety is the word of God it is the revelation of one saving will and of one plan of salvation. Systematic Theology assumes this unity, takes the whole of divine revelation as its field, and seeks to collate all that God has told us so far, striving towards the point where it can say to the church, ‘This is the whole counsel of God. This is what you are to preach.’ 

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This Week in Housekeeping


I’m finally updating Theological Terms again. I haven’t done any since June!

ascension of Jesus

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Heidelberg Catechism

Question 58. How does the article concering “life everlasting” comfort you?

Answer: Even now I feel in my heart the beginning of eternal joy, (a) and after this life, I will inherit perfect blessedness, such as no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor human heart imagined—a blessedness in which to praise God forever. (b)

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Sunday's Hymn: Let Us Love, and Sing, and Wonder

Let us love, and sing, and wonder,
Let us praise the Saviour’s name!
He has hushed the law’s loud thunder,
He has quenched Mount Sinai’s flame;
He has washed us with his blood,
He has brought us nigh to God.

Let us love the Lord who bought us,
Pitied us when enemies,
Called us by his grace, and taught us,
Gave us ears and gave us eyes:
He has washed us with his blood,
He presents our souls to God.

Let us sing, though fierce temptation
Threaten hard to bear us down!
For the Lord, our strong salvation,
Holds in view the conqueror’s crown,
He who washed us with his blood,
Soon will bring us home to God.

Let us wonder; grace and justice
Join, and point to mercy’s store;
When through grace in Christ our trust is,
Justice smiles, and asks no more:
He who washed us with his blood,
Has secured our way to God.

Let us praise, and join the chorus
Of the saints enthroned on high;
Here they trusted him before us,
Now their praises fill the sky:
“Thou hast washed us with thy blood;
Thou art worthy, Lamb of God!”

Hark! the name of Jesus, sounded
Loud, from golden harps above!
Lord, we blush, and are confounded,
Faint our praises, cold our love!
Wash our souls and songs with blood,
For by Thee we come to God.

—John Newton

The older tune


Indelible Grace


Other hymns, worship songs, prayers, sermons excerpts, or quotes posted today:

Have you posted a hymn (or sermon, sermon notes, prayer, etc.) today and I missed it? Let me know by leaving a link in the comments or by contacting me using the contact form linked above, and I’ll add your post to the list.