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Friday
Sep052014

On Christ's Session

I posted at Out of the Ordinary this morning about Jesus’s rule at the Father’s right hand.

Theologians sometimes call Christ’s present reign his heavenly session. When a court is in session, the judge (or justices) are sitting. Christ’s session refers to his sitting at God’s right hand, the place place where he rules over creation—over (to quote the verses from Ephesians above) all other “rule and authority and power and dominion,” above “every name that is named” throughout history past and history to come. He is the master of all human authorities and all spiritual powers.

Read the rest of Jesus Is Lord.

This post is the latest in a series of posts on truths every Christian woman should know. Here are the previous posts:

  1. God Has Spoken (posted at the True Woman Blog)
  2. God Is Three and God Is One
  3. God Is Who He Is
  4. God Had a Plan
  5. God Created the Universe
  6. We Are Made in God’s Image
  7. We Are All Sinners
  8. God Saves
  9. The Son Came
  10. Jesus Lived and Died
  11. Jesus Is Risen

Thursday
Sep042014

Defining Holiness

Of all the attibutes of God, holiness has been the most difficult for me to get a handle on. Years ago, when I was doing a series on God’s attributes, I wrote this about holiness:

Writing about God’s attributes hasn’t been easy, but of all the attributes that I’ve written about, this one has been the most difficult, because it’s not been easy for me to to understand exactly what it means that God is holy. Is it even right to think of God’s holiness in the same way we think of the other attributes of God? It doesn’t seems to be so much one among others, but rather, God’s overarching attribute—the attribute into which all the other attributes fit.

Here’s how J. I. Packer describes the holiness of God:

God is holy, different and standing apart from us, awesome and sometimes becoming fearsome to us. Holiness is a biblical technical term signifying the God-ness of God, the combined quality of being infinite and eternal; omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; utterly pure and just; utterly faithful to his own purposes and promises; morally perfect in all his relationships; and marvelously merciful to persons meriting the opposite of mercy. God in his holiness is greatly to be praised and worshipped for both his greatness and his goodness at all times.

Quoting from Taking God Seriously: Vital Things We Need to Know (page 26).

Thursday
Sep042014

Thankful Thursday

 

I’ve been thankful this week

  • that God is in control. Even though I forget it and fret about things, God is still ruling and still unfolding his perfect plan.
  • for strength to complete necessary tasks.
  • for simmering soup on chilly days.
  • for changing leaves and snow on the mountains. 
  • for the exercise I get walking dogs and grandchildren.
  • that God hears our prayers. 

Also thankful today:

What are you thankful for? Leave a comment with your thanksgiving, post your thanksgiving on your blog, or tweet it. Give me the link by email or in a comment and I’ll add your thanksgiving to the list in the post.

Wednesday
Sep032014

Status Report: September

Sitting…at my desk, aka, the kitchen table.

Drinking…my morning coffee.

Waiting…for the grandchildren to arrive. Wednesday is when all three spend the day at my home. My house will be busy and (mostly) happy today. 

Wondering…where summer went. I’m not sure we ever had summer this year. And yesterday morning there was frost on the ground, fog in the air, and snow on the mountain. It is chilly, chilly, chilly already. 

Also wondering…where my ESV Study Bible went. I left it under the pew while I stayed in the toddler room during the service last Sunday and when I returned to retrieve it, it was gone. I’m sure someone thought it had been left behind accidentally and took it to return it, but it hasn’t shown up yet. If I never get it back, at least I’ll be able to tell people about the time someone stole my Bible in church.

Anticipating…picking cranberries. They’re ready, but I’m waiting for the forest floor to dry out a little before I kneel to pick.

Planning…to go back to planting a big garden next year so one hungry gopher won’t be able to eat half of everything. If you follow me on Twitter, you may already know about the back yard rodent that ate three heads of cauliflower, one whole broccoli plant, head and all, and lots of kale leaves. He likes the brassicas, I guess.

Feeling…a bit stressed because of all the nasty stuff happening in the world. I can’t shake the feeling that something somewhere will blow up, so to speak. I’m tempted to stop reading or watching to the news—or at least listening to the news on the radio before I get up in the morning.

ReadingTaking God Seriously: Vital Things We Need to Know by J. I. Packer, and The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War by Alexander Waugh. Progress is slow. I’m hoping to get back to regular reading again once the berry picking season is over and what’s left in the garden is in. 

Studying…Ephesians—slowly, two or three verses a day. I’ve made it half-way through the fifth chapter. Unfortunately, all my notes are in my lost (stolen?) Bible.

Thanking…God that he rules the universe and is in control of the history of the world. 

Wishing…you a colorful September. May your autumn be a long one. 

Greeting…the grandkids.

Tuesday
Sep022014

Theological Term of the Week

monism
“[T]he view that everything is ultimately one,” that “nothing that exists is really distinct from anything else that exists.”1

  • Scriptural that disproves monism by affirming the Creator and creation distinction:
    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 ESV)
  • From What’s Your Worldview? by James N. Anderson:
    [T]he Monist has to say that the apparent diversity we experience in the world is an illusion. The distinctions we make between things are only in our minds, because if those things were really distinct from one another, there would be more than one thing in existence.

    Monism is a very radical philosophy. It has generally proven more popular in Eastern philosophies and religions than in Western ones. While it has enjoyed some sophisticated defenders over the course of history, it faces some quite formidable objections.  …

    [I]t’s tough to live as a consistent Monist. Our everyday thoughts and decisions presuppose real distinctions between things: between your body and my body, between your spouse and my spouse, between your car and my car, between your credit card and my credit card, and so on.

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