Rebecca Stark is the author of The Good Portion: God, the second title in The Good Portion series, a series written to encourage women to immerse themselves in the depths of Christian doctrine.

The Good Portion — God explores what Scripture teaches about God in hopes that readers will see his perfection, worth, magnificence, and beauty as they study his triune nature, infinite attributes, and wondrous works. 

Rebecca also blogs at Out of the Ordinary.

                         

Sunday
Jul282019

Sunday's Hymn: My Jesus, I Love Thee

 

 

My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine;
For thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Saviour art thou;
If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

I love thee because thou hast first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree.
I love thee for wearing the thorns on thy brow;
If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

I’ll love thee in life, I will love thee in death;
And praise thee as long as thou lendest me breath;
And say, when the death-dew lies cold on my brow:
If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight,
I’ll ever adore thee in heaven so bright;
I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow:
If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

—William Featherstone

 

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Friday
Jul262019

Selected Reading 

I read or listened to these recently and recommend them to you.

Church History

Who Was Zwingli?
One branch of my ancestors goes back to the early Swiss reformer Heinrich Bullinger, so I was naturally interested in this video about Huldrych Zwingli, who was Bullinger’s predecessor. (Somewhere along the line, my branch of the Bullinger/Bollinger family became Swiss Anabaptists. I wonder what Zwingli would think of that?)

Theology

Theological English
Do you know someone who might find this book useful? “With thirty lessons covering the major genres of theology (apologetics, biblical studies, church history, systematic theology, and practical theology), Theological English invites you to develop your English skills while actively putting them to use.” 

Here’s a sample chapter.

Four Views on the Lord’s Supper
Another good one from the Simply Put podcast. (Zwingli makes an appearance here, too.)

Hard Questions

Did Jesus Preach the Gospel to People In Hell During the Two Days He Was Dead?
“Down through the ages, some Christians have taught that during these two days between Good Friday and Easter morning Jesus went to Hades and preached the gospel to people there.” Are they right? ​ 

Wednesday
Jul242019

Theological Term of the Week: Absolute Power (of God)

absolute power (of God)
“That power whereby God is able to do that which he will not do, but is possible to be done”;1 “God’s ability to do all things, including those things that are possible for God but that God, for any variety of reasons, chooses not to do.”2

  • From scripture:

And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. (Matthew 3:9 ESV)

Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? (Matthew 26:53 ESV)
  • From Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof: 
[T]he actual exercise of God’s power does not represent its limits. God could do more than that, if He were so minded. In that sense we can speak of the potentia absoluta, or absolute power, of God.  

 

Learn more:

  1. Mark Jones: A Crucial Distinction
  2. Louis Berkhof: The Sovereign Power of God

 

Related terms:

 

Filed under God’s Nature and His Work

1From The Existence and Attributes of God by Stephen Charnock.

2From None Greater by Matthew Barrett


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