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Saturday
Aug162014

Sunday's Hymn: Come Thou Almighty King

Come, thou Almighty King,
Help us thy name to sing,
Help us to praise:
Father, all glorious,
O’er all victorious,
Come, and reign over us,
Ancient of days.

Come, thou Incarnate Word,
Gird on thy mighty sword,
Our prayer attend:
Come and thy people bless,
And give thy Word success;
Spirit of holiness,
On us descend.

Come, Holy Comforter,
Thy sacred witness bear
In this glad hour:
Thou who almighty art,
Now rule in every heart,
And ne’er from us depart,
Spirit of power.

To the great One in Three
Eternal praises be,
Hence evermore.
His sovereign majesty
May we in glory see,
And to eternity
Love and adore.

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.

Thursday
Aug142014

Thankful Thursday

Join me in thanking God for this past week’s blessings.

This week, I’ve been thankful 

  • that my son has a laptop to lend me during the 7-10 days I’ll be without my own. 
  • for the work my other son has done restoring the rotting sections of my fence. 
  • for this summer, even with its mediocre weather; for time spent outdoors gardening, hiking, and playing with the grandchildren. 
  • for joy.
  • for a few problems solved and a few new opportunities.
  • for health and energy and joy. The older I get the more I appreciate these gifts from God.
  • for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace; for one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.

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.

Tuesday
Aug122014

Theological Term of the Week

panentheism
“[T]he view that God encompasses everything that exists, including the universe we inhabit, yet there is more to God than just the universe,” so that “the universe is part of God.”1

  • Scriptural evidence against panentheism:
    … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God … (Romans 3:23 ESV) (If God encompasses everything that exists including all of us, then he encompasses evil, since we have all sinned.)

    Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17 ESV) (This verse says God doesn’t change, but a panentheistic god would change as the universe changes.)

  • From the Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 2, Section 2. (A biblical Christian view of the relationship between God and the universe.)
    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.
  • From What’s Your Worldview by James N. Anderson:
    Panentheists often suggest that the relationship between God and the universe is similar to the relationship between you and your body. Your body is only part of you; there’s more to you than your body. You have a physical aspect (the body) and a spiritual aspect (the mind or soul). Similarly, God has a physical aspect (God’s mind or soul, which animates and directs the universe).

    Another idea commonly associated with Panentheism is that God is dependent on the universe… . Just as humans need a physical body in order to be complete, God needs the natural universe in order to be complete.

Learn more:

  1. GotQuestions.org: What is panentheism?
  2. Theopedia: Panentheism
  3. Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry: What is panentheism?
  4. Elwell Evangelical Dictionary: Panentheism
  5. Norman Geisler: PanentheismPart One and Part Two
  6. James N. Anderson: Why Am Not a Panentheist

Related terms:

Filed under Worldviews

1From What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions by James N. Anderson, page 79.

Do you have a a theological term you’d like to see featured here as a Theological Term of the Week? If you email it to me, I’ll seriously consider using it, giving you credit for the suggestion and linking back to your blog when I do.

Clicking on Theological Terms in the navigation bar above will take you to a list of all the previous theological terms in alphabetical order.

Monday
Aug112014

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 48. But if Christ’s human nature is not present wherever his divinity is, are not the two natures in Christ separated from one another? (See previous question and answer for the context of this question.)

Answer: Not at all, for since his divinity has no limits and is omnipresent, (a) it must follow that his divinity is beyond the limits of the human nature he assumed, (b) but nevertheless is within human nature, and remains personally united to it.

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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Monday
Aug112014

The Problem of Sin and the Problem of Mercy

I posted at Out of the Ordinary today on the saving work of Jesus. It’s another in the series of posts about the truths every Christian woman—or man or child, for that matter—should know.

Here’s a taste:

Like all good stories, [the true story of God and his work in the history of his creation] has a problem that must be solved, and it’s only right that a big story has a big problem—the biggest ever—a problem only God can solve.

Read the rest of Jesus Lived and Died.

Here are the previous posts in this series:

  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