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: Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken




Jesus, I my cross have taken,
All to leave, and follow thee;
Destitute, despised, forsaken,
Thou from hence my all shalt be:
Perish ev’ry fond ambition,
All I’ve sought, or hoped, or known;
Yet how rich is my condition,
God and heav’n are still my own.

Man may trouble and distress me,
‘Twill but drive me to thy breast;
Life with trials hard may press me,
Heav’n will bring me sweeter rest:
O ‘tis not in grief to harm me
While thy love is left to me;
O ‘twere not in joy to charm me,
Were that joy unmixed with thee.

Take, my soul, thy full salvation,
Rise o’er sin and fear and care;
Joy to find in ev’ry station
Something still to do or bear;
Think what spirit dwells within thee,
What a Father’s smile is thine,
What a Saviour died to win thee:
Child of heav’n, shouldst thou repine?

Haste then on from grace to glory,
Armed by faith, and winged by prayer;
Heav’n’s eternal day’s before thee,
God’s own hand shall guide thee there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission;
Swift shall pass thy pilgrim days;
Hope soon change to glad fruition,
Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

Henry Francis Lyte


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Selected Reading

I read these recently and recommend them to you.

Theological Questions

Is Middle Knowledge Biblical? An Explanation
This explains what middle knowledge is—or what middle knowledge would be if it actually existed. 

(It’s the next piece in this series that will actually tackle the question of whether middle knowledge is biblical or not.)

What Does ‘Ex Nihilo’ Mean?
This is an excerpt from R. C. Sproul’s Truths We Confess, which has been revised and reissued in a single volume instead of the three-volume set I own. You can read this excerpt to get a taste this commentary on The Westminster Confession of Faith. I use it frequently and recommend it to you. You can order it here.

Biblical Understanding

5 Things to Remember When Helping Someone Read the Bible
This short excerpt from the ESV New Christian’s Bible identifies five ways we should read the Bible to deepen our understanding of it. 

Why Study Ezra
Because it teaches us that a new start is not enough, setting things up for Jesus’s teaching in John 3. “Nicodemus asked how he could start his life over, and Jesus told him, ‘You don’t need a new start! You need a new heart!’” 


Theological Term of the Week: Worldview

“A network of ultimate beliefs, assumptions, values, and ideas about the universe and our place in it that shapes how a person understands their life and experiences (and the lives and experiences of others) and how that person acts in response.1

  • From scripture, on having a Christian worldview:

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV)

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8 ESV)

A person’s worldview represents his most fundamental beliefs and assumptions about the universe he inhabits. It reflects how he would answer all the “big questions” of human existence: fundamental questions about who and what we are, where we came from, why we’re here, where (if anywhere) we’re headed, the meaning and purpose of life, the nature of the afterlife, and what counts as a good life here and now. Few people think through these issues in any depth, and fewer still have firm answers to such questions, but a person’s worldview will at least incline him toward certain kinds of answers and away from others.

Worldviews shape and inform our experiences of the world around us. Like spectacles with colored lenses, they affect what we see and how we see it. Depending on the “color” of the lenses, some things may be seen more easily, or conversely, they may be de-emphasized or distorted—indeed, some things may not be seen at all.


Learn more:

  1. Got Questions: What is a Christian Worldview?
  2. Bethinking: What in the World Is a Worldview?
  3. James N. Anderson: What in the World Is a Worldview? Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
  4. Josh Blount: 5 Questions to Analyze Any Worldview


Related terms:


1 From What It TAKES to Make a Worldview by Dr. James N. Anderson.


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