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Wednesday
Apr022014

Status Report: April

Sitting…at my desk.

Digesting…my supper, which was, ironically, a farm fresh egg omelet using eggs laid by local chickens. I say ironically because I recently announced that this post highly annoyed me. I’m content to receive my food with thanksgiving and not ask too many questions about where it came from.

(What annoys me is making these things into “gospel” issues. The true gospel brings believers from all walks of life together and doesn’t set up new dietary “laws” to divide them. And I know believers who have different ideas about so-called ethical eating or food purchasing, and it does divide.)

Feeling…a little tired after a day spent with the grandchildren. We went on two long walks—one in the morning and one after naps. I am pleased that they love walks in the bush. Life with young children goes so much better when they spend big chunks of the day outdoors.

Noting…that my grandson is walking. He’s short little guy; that means he’s extra cute as he toddles around. I now have no grandbabies, only grandtoddlers. 

Wondering…when I am going to find time to finish painting the trim in the bathroom painting project I mentioned in last month’s status report. 

Anticipating…the end of winter. I’m hoping it’s this month. But as you know, I live in the north of Canada, so it might not come until the middle of May. 

Reading…this book. Yes, still. It’s a biggy, and I’m happy to report that I’m about two-thirds of the way through it. Also doing some reading as research for some things I need to write this month.

Remembering…that life, each day of it, is a good gift, and every minute of it belongs to God, who created time itself.

Hoping…you are enjoying spring even if I’m not … yet.

Saying…goodnight. 

Tuesday
Apr012014

Theological Term of the Week 

synoptic problem
The question of why the synoptic gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—are so similar; the need to find a relationship between the three synoptic gospels that accounts for their similarities and differences.  

  • From the three accounts of the healing of the paralytic (Notice particularly the similar parenthetical statements I’ve italicized.):

    “But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” (Matthew 9:6 ESV)

    “But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” (Mark 2:10-11 ESV)

    But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” (Luke 5:24 ESV)

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Monday
Mar312014

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 30. Do those who seek their salvation and well-being in saints, in themselves, or anywhere else, also believe in Jesus the only Saviour?

Answer: No, they do not, because though they boast of him in words, in their deeds they deny Jesus the only deliverer and Saviour. (a) For one of these two things must be true: either those who by true faith receive this Saviour must find in him all that is necessary for their salvation, or Jesus is not a complete Saviour. (b)

(Click through to see scriptural proofs.)

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Monday
Mar312014

Linked Together: Three Theological Statements

God
“God is without … passions,” teaches the confession. Can that be true? Doesn’t he love us? In The Problem with Passion, Tom Chantry explains what “without passions” means, and tells us why it’s good news that God is without them.

Christ
The author of Hebrews says that Christ is “the radiance of the glory of God.” In other words,

All that God is — the measureless sum of his eternal and eternally rich attributes — shines forth in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son. Jesus is supremely radiant.

For more explanation, read all of Christ As Radiance by Jared Wilson. It just might make your heart sing.

People
How do we square Paul’s statement, “no one does good,” with the acts of kindness done by those around us who are unbelievers? How is Paul defining good?

The “goodness” in view in Romans 3:12 (citing Ps. 14:3) is goodness as God sees it. The Bible is asserting that even acts of civic kindness done by an unbeliever fail to meet the requirement of God’s law—namely, that all our actions must be done with a view to glorifying God. In that sense, even the unbeliever’s good acts are evil. 

Read all of Is It True That Natural Man Cannot Do Any Good? by Derek Thomas.

Saturday
Mar292014

Sunday's Hymn: All Praise to God, Who Reigns Above

All praise to God, who reigns above,
The God of all creation,
The God of wonders, pow’r, and love,
The God of our salvation!
With healing balm my soul he fills,
The God who every sorrow stills,
To God all praise and glory!

What God’s almighty pow’r hath made
His gracious mercy keepeth;
By morning dawn or evening shade
His watchful eye ne’er sleepeth;
Within the kingdom of his might,
Lo, all is just and all is right,
To God all praise and glory!

I cried to him in time of need:
Lord God, O, hear my calling!
For death he gave me life indeed
And kept my feet from falling.
For this my thanks shall endless be;
O thank him, thank our God, with me,
To God all praise and glory!

The Lord forsaketh not his flock,
His chosen generation;
He is their refuge and their rock,
Their peace and their salvation.
As with a mother’s tender hand
He leads his own, his chosen band,
To God all praise and glory!

Ye who confess Christ’s holy name,
To God give praise and glory!
Ye who the Father’s power proclaim,
To God give praise and glory!
All idols under foot be trod,
The Lord is God! the Lord is God!
To God all praise and glory!

Then come before his presence now
And banish fear and sadness;
To your Redeemer pay your vow
And sing with joy and gladness:
Though great distress my soul befell,
The Lord, my God, did all things well,
To God all praise and glory!

—Johann J. Schütz

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