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Saturday
Nov132010

November of Thanksgiving 13

My son and I helped our neighbour out by taking his two dogs, along with our two, on a long walk this afternoon. It is a beautiful day for a walk in the bush, much more autumn than winter, which is unusual for the Yukon in the middle of November. The dogs loved sprinting through the woods, digging for squirrels together, and returning for treats when my son whistled for them.

Now they are all napping, tired from the activity. I’m thankful for the sunshine and warm temperatures and beautiful boreal forest. I’m thankful, too, for high-spirited pups and gentle old dogs.

Others thanking God today:

Update 9pm PST:

What are you thankful for today?

I’ll be back later this evening to add any more thanksgiving posts I find (or that you point me to). As more people participate, it gets more likely that I’ll make mistakes in my posting, so if I miss your post or mess up a link, please tell me. And remember, if you miss a day or two, you’ll need to give me a heads up on your next thanksgiving post.

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Friday
Nov122010

November of Thanksgiving 12

I’m thankful that God is triune. We need for God to be triune. Without the Trinity, there would be no gospel. If we, as sinners, are to be saved, we must have a  truly divine Saviour who will die in our place, and only a Trinitarian God can provide that Saviour for us.

Our God exists eternally as three persons who love and enjoy each other—a community, we could say, of persons. This is important to us because it means that God can act freely in everything, and never because he needs something from us. That’s a God we can trust, and I’m thankful.

Others thanking God today:

What are you thankful for today?

I didn’t post until late today, so I won’t be back later to add more thanksgiving posts, but if you post  after I’ve posted, you can leave me a link in the comments and I’ll add your link tomorrow morning. Also, as more people participate, it gets more likely that I’ll make mistakes in my posting, so if I miss your post or mess up a link, please tell me. And if you miss a day or two, you’ll need to give me a heads up on your next thanksgiving post.

Do you want to participate, too? You’ll find instructions here for the ways both bloggers and nonbloggers can join in the thanksgiving.

Thursday
Nov112010

November of Thanksgiving 11

In Canada, we call this holiday Remembrance Day. It’s the day we remember the soldiers who have given their lives in war so that we can live our lives in peace. So many wars; so many who have give their lives. Most recently, for Canadians, we think of the soldiers lost fighting in Afghanistan.

I’m thankful for the peace I live in and for the soldiers who have fought to bring and preserve that peace.

And did you know that we have one military wife giving thanks with us? I’m thankful for military spouses, who serve and sacrifice, too.

Others thanking God today:

Updated 10:00pm PST:

What are you thankful for today?

I’ll be back this evening (late!) to add any more thanksgiving posts I find (or that you point me to). As more people participate, it gets more likely that I’ll make mistakes in my posting, so if I miss your post or mess up a link, please tell me. And remember, if you miss a day or two, you’ll need to give me a heads up on your next thanksgiving post.

Do you want to participate, too? You’ll find instructions here for the ways both bloggers and nonbloggers can join in the thanksgiving.

Wednesday
Nov102010

Theological Term of the Week

apologetics
The theological discipline concerned with explaining and defending the truthfulness of the Christian faith.

  • From scripture:
    …but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. (1 Peter 3:15-16 ESV)
  • From Always Ready by Greg Bahnsen:
    All believers are commanded to engage in [apologetics]. Addressing himself to all members of the congregation, Peter penned the following command: “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks from you a reason for the hope that is within you, yet with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). It is God Himself, speaking through Peter’s inspired words, who calls upon us as believers—each and every one of us—to be prepared to defend the faith in the face of challenges and questions which come from unbelievers—any one of them.

Learn more:

  1. Theopedia: Apologetics
  2. John Frame: Apologetics
  3. John Lennox: What Is Apologetics? (video)
  4. Update: Jamin Hubner: Definitions of Apologetics
  5. Bob Passintino: The Golden Rule Apologetic
  6. Greg Bahnsen: Tools of Apologetics

Related terms:

This week’s term was suggested by Sandra. 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.

I’m also interested in any suggestions you have for tweaking my definitions or for additional (or better) articles or sermons/lectures for linking. I’ll give you credit and a link back to your blog if I use your suggestion.

Clicking on the Theological Term graphic at the top of this post will take you to a list of all the previous theological terms organized in alphabetical order or by topic.

Wednesday
Nov102010

November of Thanksgiving 10

You can get this button from Lisa of Lisa NotesI have my house more-or-less back in order after the big paint project. It’s in good enough order that I can once again enjoy it, anyway. It seems like a good day to thank God for my home, doesn’t it?

I’m thankful that my home is warm when it gets cold. It wasn’t always like this, but improvements over the years—new windows, new furnace, more insulation in the walls—have made it cozy and draft-free when the temperature drops. I’m thankful that my heavenly Father provided those things for me.

I’m thankful, too, that my home has lots of natural light. There are lots of windows to let the light in, and that’s importantwhen the days get shorter and the sun’s angle lower. I think God for all of the windows in my house.

I’m thankful that I have a warm, light-filled home.

Others thanking God today:

Update 9PM PST:

What are you thankful for today?

I’ll be back this evening to add any more thanksgiving posts I find (or that you point me to). As more people participate, it gets more likely that I’ll make mistakes in my posting, so if I miss your post or mess up a link, please tell me. And remember, if you miss a day or two, you’ll need to give me a heads up on your next thanksgiving post.

Do you want to participate, too? You’ll find instructions here for the ways both bloggers and nonbloggers can join in the thanksgiving.