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Thankful Thursday

Today is moving day for my son and his wife. My sons are busy right now moving things from one home to the other. I’m still thankful that they found a place to rent. It’s old and tiny and nothing’s level, but it’s a home and it’s available and clean and there’s a yard. I know people living in a lot worse and people who can find nothing at all, so this little home is a good gift from God.

I’m thankful that we are getting mail again after a couple week of no mail delivery due to a mail strike/lockout. I’m expecting a few good things in the mail, so the renewed mail delivery is a good gift, too.

I’m thankful that the garden is growing. I’m thankful for the long daylight hours that make the plants grow fast. I’m thankful for the recent rain, because it’s good for growing things, too. I’m thankful for summer, a short season here, but a beautiful one.

I’m thankful for God’s care for me and my family.

Throughout this year I’m planning to post a few thoughts of thanksgiving each Thursday along with Kim at the Upward Call and others.


Round the Sphere Again: Double-booking

Church History
Two of my favorite blogging women review Feminine Threads: Women in the Tapestry of Christian History by Diana Lynn Severance.

  1. The Upward Call:
    This book, as the title suggests, deals wth women in the course of the history of Church, beginning with the women in the early New Testament and concluding with the present. The author does a thorough job showing the reader that Christian women provide a significant portion of the fabric of the church, whether those threads were ultimately good or bad.
    Read more.

  2. Lisa Writes:
    I was inspired and challenged by the grace of God and the fruit of the gospel borne by these, my forerunners in the faith. Some were quite wealthy and used their wealth and influence to advance the gospel. Some were poor, destitute, martyered for their adherance to Christ. Nearly all demonstrated a fervency in biblical scholarship and a thirst for knowledge that both encourages and shames me.
    Read more.

Two reviews of the new biography of John MacArthur by Iain Murray.

  1. Thabiti Anyabwile:
    I completely enjoyed reading the biography in part because I’ve long respected Dr. MacArthur.  Along with R.C. Sproul, MacArthur was my first Bible teacher.  Moreover, he was probably the first example of expository preaching I heard on a regular basis through the Grace to You radio broadcast.  So, it was a treat for me to get to know more about this living hero.
    But he wishes the biography had said more about two things. Find out what they are.

  2. Fred Butler:
    Out of all the biographies I have ever read, this one is probably the most unique - at for me. The main reason being is because I personally know the biographical subject and his family. Additionally, I also know many of the individuals mentioned throughout the book, and I have firsthand knowledge of a good many of the events in John’s life of which Murray writes. It made reading the book a bit surreal at times, but it caused me to step back and thank the Lord how he has allowed me to be apart of such a influential ministry.
    Read more.

Theological Term of the Week

ransom to Satan theory of the atonement
The view of the atonement that maintained that “the death of Christ constituted a ransom paid to Satan, in order to cancel the just claims which the latter had on man”1; also called the classical theory of the atonement. 

  • From Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem: 

    This view was held by Origen (c. A.D. 185—c. 254). a theologian from Alexandria and later Caesarea, and after him by some others in the early history of the church. According to this view, the ransom Christ paid to redeem us was paid to Satan, in whose kingdom all people were by virtue of sin. 

    This theory finds no direct confirmation in Scripture and has few supporters in the history of the church. It falsely thinks of Satan rather than God as the one who required that a payment be made for sin and thus completely neglects the demands of God’s justice with respect to sin. It views Satan as having much more power than he actually does, namely, power to demand whatever he wants from God, rather than as one who has been cast down from heaven and has no right to demand anything of God. Nowhere does Scripture way that we as sinners owe anything to Satan, but it repeatedly says that God requires of us a payment for our sins. This view also fails to deal with the texts that speak of Christ’s death as a propitiation offered to God the Father for our sins, or with the fact that God the Father represented the Trinity in accepting the payment for sins from Christ….

  • From The Christian Faith by Michael Horton:  

    Assuming that the devil was the rightful owner of sinners, Origen taught that Christ was a trap: his humanity ws the necessary bait for luring Satan into thinking that he had at last won out over Yahweh, and then he conquered the devil by his deity.

Learn more:

  1. Got What are the various theories on the atonement?
  2. Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry: Ransom Theory of the Atonement
  3. William SasserErroneous Theories of the Atonement (pdf)
  4. Jeffrey Waddington: Surveying the Wondrous Cross: The Atonement in Church History

Related terms:

1From Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof

Filed under Defective Theology.

Do you have a 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 the Theological Term graphic at the top of this post will take you to a list of all the previous theological terms in alphabetical order.


Round the Sphere Again: Patriotic

American Flag
How to fly it. (mental_floss Blog) Answering all your flag display questions, like 

Is it true you have to retire and burn a flag that touches the ground? 
No, that’s a myth. The flag code is quite a bit more realistic about this situation. While the code states, “The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise,” there’s no rule saying that a flag that slips has to immediately be burned.

Canadian Flag
Has flying rules, too, although they don’t seem to cover as many specific details as the American Flag Code.


A Catechism for Girls and Boys

Part II: Questions about The Ten Commandments

40. Q. Is God pleased with those who love and obey him?
      A. Yes. He says, ‘I love them that love me’.  

(Click through to read scriptural proof.)

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