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Round the Sphere Again

A definition edition

It’s not a thing(Reformation Theology)

It’s okay to speak of “means of grace” says Sinclair Ferguson, as long as we remember that grace isn’t a thing or substance.

[T]here is no “thing” that Jesus takes from Himself and then, as it were, hands over to me. There is only Jesus Himself.

You’ll want to read the whole quote.

What is it? How do translations do with them? What do they teach us about  inspiration? (Mondays with Mounce at Koinonia)

Dead in Sin
John Hendryx thinks that we all more or less agree on what “dead in sin” means.

[T]raditional Arminianism teaches that unless the Holy Spirit grants “prevenient grace” then there is not even the possibility of any response. … The very necessity of prevenient grace to the Arminian excludes the possibility of a response by those dead in sin, and demonstrates beyond any further question, that they fully embrace the term “spiritually dead” in the exact same way as the traditional Calvinist. This is not where these to camps differ.

Where we really differ, he says, is on the nature of the grace that saves. (


Sunday's Hymn

He Leadeth Me

He leadeth me, O blessèd thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.


He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
By waters still, over troubled sea,
Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.

Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since ’tis my God that leadeth me.

And when my task on earth is done,
When by Thy grace the vict’ry’s won,
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.

—Joseph H. Gilmore

Because I really like Buddy Greene:

Other hymns, worship songs, sermons etc. posted today:

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My Desktop Photo 92

Photo by Andrew Stark

This was taken just after sunset in Kluane National Park last weekend. Okay, it’s not really suitable for a desktop photo, but at least it’s recent.