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Theological Term of the Week

“[T]he view that there is no God, no Supreme Being that deserves our worship and gives meaning and direction to the universe and human life.”1

  • Scriptural applicable to atheism:
    For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened (Romans 1:18-21 ESV).

    The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1 ESV)

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Ten Points on the Theological Terms

  1. I started posting definitions and explanations of theological terms way back in September of 2007. That’s seven years of almost weekly theological terms. It’s almost weekly because I’ve had a few short breaks from blogging. But if I was blogging anything at all, there would be a weekly theological term. 

  2. The very first term ever was perspicuity of scripture. (The linked post has been updated to a newer format, so it looks a little different than it did originally.)

  3. I’ve never run out of theological terms to define. I’ve thought I was close a few times, but someone would suggest a term or I’d come across a term while reading, and we’d be off to the races again. Once in a while, I’ll read something that leads to a whole new category of theological terms, like recently when I read What’s Your Worldview?, for instance. 

  4. Some of the terms are not really theological terms. I’ll use any Christian or biblical word that a new believer or child might not understand. 

  5. I’m still taking suggestions for theological terms. What’ve you got?

  6. The theological terms are the most popular thing on my blog, and the page that lists all the terms gets as much traffic as the rest of the posts put together. 

  7. I have plans to turn this one unwieldy page listing all the terms into several pages, with one page for A-E, one for F-J, and so on—and one page for each of the categories. I’m not sure when I’ll get this done, but it is on my list of things to do.

  8. If I link to something in a theological term post, I’ve read it or listened to it, and judged the information to be useful, although I may not agree with every single thing in it. If a piece contains what I judge to be false teaching, it will include a warning. For instance, I’ve sometimes quoted people who advocate a heretical view so the reader can see the arguments used to support it, but I’ve noted that the doctrine defended is defective. 

  9. Because links die or move over time, I should probably spend as much time updating old term posts as I do composing new ones, but that’d be no fun.

  10. Once in a while, I get an email from someone telling me how they use the theological terms. Recently, someone told me they’re using them for Bible students in Africa who read English but aren’t familiar with technical doctrinal terms. Emails like this make me very happy and give me incentive to keep on defining and explaining theological terms.  

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 52. What comfort is it to you that “Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead”?

Answer: In all my sorrows and persecutions, I lift up my head to look for the very same person who before submitted himself for my sake to the judgment of God, and has removed all curse from me, to come as judge from heaven. (a) He will cast all his and my enemies into everlasting condemnation, (b) but will take me with all his chosen ones to himself into heavenly joy and glory. (c)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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Sunday's Hymn: 'Tis Not That I Did Choose Thee

‘Tis not that I did choose thee,
For, Lord, that could not be;
This heart would still refuse thee,
Hadst thou not chosen me.
Thou from the sin that stained me
Hast cleansed and set me free;
Of old thou hast ordained me,
That I should live to thee.

‘Twas sovereign mercy called me
And taught my op’ning mind;
The world had else enthralled me,
To heavenly glories blind.
My heart owns none before thee,
For thy rich grace I thirst;
This knowing, if I love thee,
Thou must have loved me first.

—Josiah Condor 

Older tune with original words

Matthew Smith with updated words and new tune

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.


On Christ's Session

I posted at Out of the Ordinary this morning about Jesus’s rule at the Father’s right hand.

Theologians sometimes call Christ’s present reign his heavenly session. When a court is in session, the judge (or justices) are sitting. Christ’s session refers to his sitting at God’s right hand, the place place where he rules over creation—over (to quote the verses from Ephesians above) all other “rule and authority and power and dominion,” above “every name that is named” throughout history past and history to come. He is the master of all human authorities and all spiritual powers.

Read the rest of Jesus Is Lord.

This post is the latest in a series of posts on truths every Christian woman should know. Here are the previous posts:

  1. God Has Spoken (posted at the True Woman Blog)
  2. God Is Three and God Is One
  3. God Is Who He Is
  4. God Had a Plan
  5. God Created the Universe
  6. We Are Made in God’s Image
  7. We Are All Sinners
  8. God Saves
  9. The Son Came
  10. Jesus Lived and Died
  11. Jesus Is Risen