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The Heidelberg Catechism

Question 41. Why was [Christ] buried?

Answer: That he was buried proved that he was really dead. (a)

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Sunday's Hymn: The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want

The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want;
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; he leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

My soul he doth restore again;
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
E’en for his own name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear none ill,
For thou art with me; and thy rod
And staff me comfort still.

My table thou hast furnished
In presence of my foes;
My head thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me:
And in God’s house for evermore
My dwelling place shall be.

Scottish Psalter

This one can be set to several tunes, but this is my favorite.

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Linked Together: God

Martin Downes posted two clarifying quotes on the eternal generation of the Son to “straighten out any wonky thoughts.” (I think the reason some people back away from the doctrine of eternal generation is because it’s hard to think about it without “wonky thoughts.”)

The purposes of God give our lives and this world meaning: “God’s good purpose shows us that the appearance of vanity and futility in this world is just that—mere appearance. To trust in God’s good purpose is the essence of godly faith. Thus, no Christian can be an ultimate pessimist.” —R. C. Sproul at Ligonier Ministries

God’s sovereignty and human responsibility in the Westminster Standards: “Many people in our own day try to cut through the mystery that earlier generations affirmed. They strip God of his sovereignty and claim that man decides his own fate; that he, apart from God, is the captain of his own fate. Others seek to preserve the sovereignty of God at the expense of human responsibility and freedom, biblical defined. The Westminster Standards give us a third alternative—one that respects the mystery of the relationship between divine sovereignty and responsibility and allows us to affirm both scriptural truths.” —J. V. Fesko at Crossway Blog


This Week in Housekeeping

Two recently updated theological terms.


moral argument


Theological Term of the Week

exile, the
The time in Israel’s history when the Jews were taken into captivity, first the northern tribes to Assyria and later Judah to Babylon. 

  • From scripture:

    In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria, and he carried the Israelites away to Assyria and placed them in Halah, and on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

    And this occurred because the people of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods and walked in the customs of the nations whom the LORD drove out before the people of Israel, and in the customs that the kings of Israel had practiced. (2 Kings 17:6-8 ESV).

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