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Saturday
Feb212015

Linked Together: With God

On the Other Side
What awaits the believer after death? Kevin DeYoung writes:

In trumpeting the good news of cosmic renewal let us not lose sight of the hope that anchors the believer in hard times and is the reality awaiting us on the other side of suffering and death: we really do go to heaven when we die.

Read Away from the Body and at Home with the Lord.

In a Beetle’s Hole
Here’s a post on the same subject as my post yesterday at Out of the Ordinary, and starting with the same child’s question, too, explaining why it’s important for us to understand that God is present in a dung beetle’s hole (Aaron Denlinger).

Friday
Feb202015

Everywhere That We Can Be

It’s been a busy day and until now I’ve had no time to tell you that I posted at Out of the Ordinary this morning on the omnipresence of God.

“Where is God?” The best I could do when my small children asked this question was answer, “He’s everywhere, but you can’t see him or touch him or hear him.” This, of course, leads to more questions: How can a being exist that we can’t see or touch or hear? And how can something be everywhere? (I have no child-sized answers to those questions. I’m not sure I have adult-sized answers, either. How could a finite mind hope to explain the infinite and incomprehensible?)

Read the whole piece on this perfection of our infinite God.

Thursday
Feb192015

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful 

  • for the hope of a day with the grandchildren tomorrow. They usually spend Wednesday with me, but the three-year-old was sick then, so they all stayed home. I missed them. But if everyone’s well enough tomorrow, they’ll come tomorrow.
  • for my oldest grandson, who turned two last week; for all his boyish cuteness and energy.
  • that my son made his flight this morning. It was a near miss.
  • that I got everything finished that I needed to do today despite many interruptions. That could only happen with God’s help.
  • for the hope of a good night’s sleep tonight after interrupted sleep last night.
  • that God is present wherever I am.

Also thankful today:

What are you thankful for? 

Wednesday
Feb182015

It's All Pink

Too often as women, we have restricted ourselves to the “pink” parts of the Bible. When we identify first and foremost as women, we can begin to believe that knowledge of ourselves will come primarily through passages that speak to women’s issues or include heroines like Ruth or Esther. But when we do this, when we craft our learning and discipleship programs around being “women,” we make womanhood the central focus or our pursuits of knowledge instead of Christ.   …

Because you are an image bearer, you must allow the entirety of Scripture to shape your sense of self. You must begin to see every verse as a “pink” passage because every verse speaks to who God is and therefore who you are as His daughter. You must begin to believe that theology and doctrine are not men’s issues but that they are imago dei issues because they reveal the God in whose image you are made.

Hannah Anderson in Made for More: An Invitation to Live in God’s Image, p. 105.

Tuesday
Feb172015

Theological Term of the Week

Elohim
The Hebrew word for God, and one of the names of God revealed in scripture, used first in Genesis 1:1. Scholars debate Elohim’s exact origin and meaning.

  • In scripture: 

    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth… . And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:1, 3 ESV)

    And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. (Genesis 17:7 ESV)

  • From Blue Letter Bible’s The Names of God in the Old Testament:
  • Elohim is translated as “God.” The derivation of the name Elohim is debatable to most scholars. Some believe it derived from ‘êlwhich, in turn, originates from the root word, ‘wl (which means “strong”). Others think that Elohim is derived from another two roots: ‘lh (which means “god”) in conjunction with ‘elôah (which means “fear”). And still others presume that both ‘êland Elohim come from ‘eloah.

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