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Theological Term of the Week

finite godism
“[T]he view that there is a personal God who created and directs the world, but he is a finite being and is limited in significant ways by factors external to him.”1

  • Scriptural proof that finite Godism is unbiblical:
    “The former things I declared of old; they went out from my mouth, and I announced them; then suddenly I did them, and they came to pass” (Isaiah 48:3 ESV).
    Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure (Psalm 147:5 ESV).
    “Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you” (Jeremiah 32:17 ESV).
  • From the Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 2, Sections 1 and 2:

    1. There is but one only, living, and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions; immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute; working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will, for his own glory; most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek him; and withal, most just, and terrible in his judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty.

    2. God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting his own glory in, by, unto, and upon them. He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things; and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever himself pleaseth. In his sight all things are open and manifest, his knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature, so as nothing is to him contingent, or uncertain. 

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Linked Together: Wildlife

Bear Up
Did you know that grizzlies can use tools? Or maybe the headline should say one grizzly can use a stool? (CBC News)

Shooting Salmon
Here in my town, we use a fish ladder to get the returning salmon up and over the dam.

But some dams are too big to be scaled with a ladder, so they’ve invented a salmon cannon that can propel salmon 100 feet into the air and (hopefully) over the dam

(Update on the Whitehorse Rapids Fish Ladder: This year 1555 Chinook salmon have passed through. The run is winding down, so there won’t be many more. Thankfully, that’s a few hundred fish more than last year and the year before. Hopefully, it’s the start of an upward trend.)


Heidelberg Catechism

Question 50. Why is it added [in the Apostles’ Creed] “and sits at the right hand of God”?

Answer: Because Christ ascended into heaven for this purpose: to might show himself there as head of his church, (a) by whom the Father governs all things. (b)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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Sunday's Hymn: Whate'er My God Ordains Is Right

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
Holy his will abideth;
I will be still whate’er he doth;
And follow where he guideth:
He is my God: though dark my road,
He holds me that I shall not fall:
Wherefore to him I leave it all.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
He never will deceive me;
He leads me by the proper path;
I know he will not leave me:
I take, content, what he hath sent;
His hand can turn my griefs away,
And patiently I wait his day.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
Though now this cup, in drinking,
May bitter seem to my faint heart,
I take it, all unshrinking:
My God is true; each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart,
And pain and sorrow shall depart.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
Here shall my stand be taken;
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
Yet am I not forsaken;
My Father’s care is round me there;
He holds me that I shall not fall:
And so to him I leave it all.

—Samuel Rodigast translated by Catherine Winkworth

Updated tune with Catherine Winkworth translation


 The Lutheran tune and translation


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.


We Are Raised With Him

Without the resurrection of Jesus, there would be no Christianity at all. While Jesus’s death lies at the heart of his saving work, his death wouldn’t be effective without his subsequent work of resurrection.

Read the rest of Jesus Is Risen, my post at Out of the Ordinary today.

Here are the previous posts in this series on truths every Christian woman should know:

  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. The Son Lived and Died