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Tuesday
Jan062015

Theological Term of the Week

christology
The branch of theology that investigates what scripture teaches about the person and work of Jesus Christ, including his deity, humanity, preexistence, incarnation, sinlessness, death, resurrection, ascension, and more.

  • A little christology in scripture: 

    Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11 ESV)

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Monday
Jan052015

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 69. How does baptism remind and assure you that Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross is for you personally?

Answer: In this way: Christ instituted this outward washing (a) and with it gave the promise that, as surely as water washes away the dirt from the body, so certainly his blood and Spirit wash away my soul’s impurity, in other words, all my sins. (b)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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Sunday
Jan042015

Sunday's Hymn: Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting

Jesus, I am resting, resting
In the joy of what thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon thee,
As thy beauty fills my soul,
For by thy transforming power,
Thou hast made me whole.
 
Refrain
Jesus, I am resting, resting
In the joy of what thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of thy loving heart.


O how great thy lovingkindness,
Vaster, broader than the sea!
O how marvelous thy goodness
Lavished all on me!
Yes, I rest in thee, Beloved,
Know what wealth of grace is thine,
Know thy certainty of promise
And have made it mine.

Simply trusting thee, Lord Jesus,
I behold thee as thou art,
And thy love, so pure, so changeless,
Satisfies my heart;
Satisfies its deepest longings,
Meets, supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings:
Thine is love indeed.

Ever lift thy face upon me
As I work and wait for thee;
Resting ‘neath thy smile, Lord Jesus,
Earth’s dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father’s glory,
Sunshine of my Father’s face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting,
Fill me with thy grace.
—Jean S. Pigott

The video above is the traditional tune, but this is one hymn with an abundance of alternate tunes, too. Which of the newer tunes below do you like most? (I’m partial to a tune Buddy Greene wrote for these words, but I can’t find it on You Tube—or anywhere else free, for that matter—but it is available from iTunes here.)

Other hymns, worship songs, prayers, sermons excerpts, or quotes posted today:

Have you posted a hymn (or sermon, sermon notes, prayer, etc.) today and I missed it? Let me know by leaving a link in the comments or by contacting me using the contact form linked above, and I’ll add your post to the list.

Saturday
Jan032015

Linked Together: Theological Questions

I’ve gone a whole month without much online reading, but I did read (or watch) these and recommend them to you.

Trinity
How do you make a biblical case for the Trinity? (Brett Kunkle)

Assurance
I’ve not struggled much with assurance, but people I love have, and, writes Nick Batzig, “some of the greatest ministers and hymn-writers in the history of the church struggled with assurance of salvation—namely, John Bunyan, John Owen, William Cowper, John Newton, Adolph Monod, etc.” Here is a list of five Puritan works to help the believer who wonders, “How can I be sure I am being saved?”

Law
This is one question I do struggle with: What role does the Mosaic law play in the lives of Christians today? (Justin Taylor

(I don’t quite buy any answer I’ve read—and it’s not because I haven’t read quite a bit on the issue. I just wish the answers given came together in a tidier package.)

Thursday
Jan012015

Status Report: January

Sitting…on the couch in the living room.

Watching…the darkness slink in. Sunset comes now at 3:58 pm. 

Waiting…for the snow. The weather forecast has been warning of imminent heavy snow since yesterday, so I expected to awake to 5 to 8 inches of new snow on the ground. But so far, we’ve only had gentle flurries amounting to an inch or so. 

Loving…January’s promise of fresh starts, time to tackle tough chores, and the return of normal life.

Not lovingJanuary’s low clouds and dry air.

Anticipating…the beef and barley stew that’s been simmering in the slow cooker all afternoon. 

Remembering…waking yesterday morning to the sound of a fox screaming and more foxes yipping, and falling asleep last night to the sound of fireworks and a coyote howling. (It’s been warm enough for me to sleep with my bedroom window cracked, and my home sits at the edge of the forest.) 

Thanking…God for last month’s safe arrival of my newest grandson and safe return of my travelling youngest son. Also thankful that the new baby has been easy, so far. (If anyone deserves an easy baby—finally!—it’s my son and daughter-in-law.)

Considering...a new opportunity, wondering if I have the time or the skills at this point in my life? Ten years ago, I would have jumped right in without hesitation. Now, I’m uncertain. Can I? Should I? Do I want it?

Reading…The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor. This is the first Flannery O’Connor I’ve ever read, and I’m still unsure what to make of it. The stories seem simple enough—nothing much happens—but they won’t leave when I finish them.

And I just started Made for More: An Invitation to Live in God’s Image by Hannah Anderson. 

Wishing…you a January that’s full of warm fellowship to drive the cold darkness way.