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Sunday's Hymn

Come, Gracious Spirit, Heav’nly Dove

Come, gracious Spirit, heav’nly Dove,
With light and comfort from above;
Be Thou our Guardian, Thou our Guide,
O’er every thought and step preside,
O’er every thought and step preside.

The light of truth to us display,
And make us know and choose Thy way;
Plant holy fear in every heart,
That we from God may ne’er depart,
That we from God may ne’er depart.

Lead us to holiness, the road
Which we must take to dwell with God;
Lead us to Christ, the living way,
Nor let us from His pastures stray,
Nor let us from His pastures stray.

Lead us to God, our final rest,
To be with Him forever blest;
Lead us to Heav’n, its bliss to share,
Fullness of joy forever there,
Fullness of joy forever there.

Simon Browne

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This Week in Housekeeping

Recently updated Theological Term of the Week post:

inspiration of scripture

inerrancy of scripture


Christianity and Liberalism: Chapter 1

Today was the first day of the most recent Reading Classics Together at This time the book is Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen. I’m participating, but I don’t have the book yet, so I read this week’s assignment, the first chapter, an introduction, in a PDF I downloaded. I’m hoping sends my book soon (I ordered it May 12),  the mail service works, and it comes before next Thursday, because reading from a PDF file stinks.

I retain what I read better if I summarize it, so I hope to do that with each chapter and post it here every week. Today I’m just going to quote a little from the introduction because it’s late and I’m tired. 

Here’s the background behind the writing of Christianity and Liberalism:

In the sphere of religion, in particular, the present time is a time of conflict; the great redemptive religion which has always been known as Christianity is battling against a totally diverse type of religious belief, which is only the more destructive of the Christian faith because it makes use of traditional Christian terminology. This modern non-redemptive religion is called “modernism” or “liberalism.” …  [T]he movement is so various in its manifestations that one may almost despair of finding any common name which will apply to all its forms. But manifold as are the forms in which the movement appears, the root of the movement is one; the many varieties of modern liberal religion are rooted in naturalism − that is, in the denial of any entrance of the creative power of God (as distinguished from the ordinary course of nature) in connection with the origin of Christianity. 

And Machen’s purpose for writing? 

The purpose of this book is not to decide the religious issue of the present day, but merely to present the issue as sharply and clearly as possible, in order that the reader may be aided in deciding it for himself. Presenting an issue sharply is indeed by no means a popular business at the present time…. Light may seem at times to be an impertinent intruder, but it is always beneficial in the end. The type of religion which rejoices in the pious sound of traditional phrases, regardless of their meanings, or shrinks from “controversial” matters, will never stand amid the shocks of life. In the sphere of religion, as in other spheres, the things about which men are agreed are apt to be the things that are least worth holding; the really important things are the things about which men will fight.  

The next chapter is on doctrine and I think I’m going to like that.


Thankful Thursday

I’m thankful for a rainy day. I just planted the garden and the seeds need to be kept moist in order to sprout. That’s a lot of work with days as hot and sunny as we’ve had lately, so clouds and rain are good gifts.

I’m thankful for stew in the crockpot and youngest daughter’s strawberry scones.

I’m thankful for my physical abilities. I can do everything I need to do, and that’s something to praise God for. 

I’m thankful that God’s timing is perfect, even though if we were in charge, we’d have done things differently. I’m thankful that God has good reasons for everything he does. I’m thankful that he formed our days and wrote every one of them in his book before we existed. I’m thankful that our heavenly Father is trustworthy. 

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: Critters

Not Fuzzy or Friendly
Stinging Caterpillars of the United States (The Ark in Space). When it comes to caterpillers, here’s the guideline: If it looks “spiny, spiky or furry,” you’ll want to leave it alone, since it’s probably able to sting you. 

Not So Obvious
Do you know a rodent when you see one? Mice? Yes. Rats? Yes. Porcupines? I know this, too, because of last fall’s porcupine adventure. Raccoons? I’m not so sure. And while we’re at it, what common animal used to be classified as a rodent, but isn’t? The answers to these questions and more are in this piece from mental_floss Blog