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Sunday's Hymn: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down;
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory,
What bliss till now was thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call thee mine.

What thou, my Lord, hast suffered
Was all for sinners’ gain:
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Saviour!
‘Tis I deserve thy place;
Look on me with thy favor,
Vouchsafe to me thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
To thank thee, dearest Friend,
For this thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me thine for ever;
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive my love to thee.

Be near when I am dying,
O show thy cross to me;
And for my succor flying,
Come, Lord, to set me free:
These eyes, new faith receiving,
From Jesus shall not move;
For he who dies believing,
Dies safely, through thy love.

—Bernard of Clairvaux


Fernando Ortega


Piano and cello


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Linked Together: Jesus as YHWH

These two posts explain why the tetragrammaton (this week’s theological term) belongs to Jesus, too.

The Picture
A little visual persuasion: A chart comparing Old Testament passages about God with New Testament passages about Jesus (Fred Sanders). 

The Thousand Words
Mike Riccardi makes the biblical case that

Jesus—the Son of Mary, from the no-name city of Nazareth, who was mocked, and despised, and spat on, and abused—this Jesus who suffered the shameful fate of death on a cross—is Yahweh Himself.

Read Jesus is Yahweh in the Flesh.


Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful 

  • that we made it through the cold snap and now it’s much warmer than last week. Do I sound like a broken record? Weather, weather, weather … . But it’s winter in the Yukon. What do you expect?
  • for all the times God has kept my family safe when we/they travel. We’ve done a whole lot of highway driving without any accidents. I won’t say we’ve travelled without incidents—empty gas tanks, engine failure, broken hitches, slides into snowy ditches, and more. But God has rescued us in every situation and kept us all safe. I’m also thankful that my son’s band will be flying instead of driving to their shows in Victoria later this month.
  • for a little bit individul time with each of my granddaughters today. I am so blessed to have all my grandchildren living close by.
  • for the prayer in Valley of Vision.

Also thankful today:

What are you thankful for? 


Theological Term of the Week

“[T]he four Hebrew letters that make up the name of God. In English the letters are basically equivalent to YHWH. It is from these four letters that the name of God is derived and has been rendered as Yahweh and Jehovah.”1

  • In scripture: 

    Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD [see note below], the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. (Exodus 3:13-15 ESV)

    [In the ESV and many other translations, the word Lord, when spelled with capital letters, stands for the divine name, YHWH.]

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Heidelberg Catechism

As you probably know, I’m baptistic, so I don’t believe infants should be baptized, and I strongly disagree with the answer to this question in the Heidelberg catechism.

Question 74. Should infants, too, be baptized?

Answer: Yes. Infants as well as adults are in God’s covenant and are his people. (a) They, no less than adults are promised the forgiveness of sin trough Christ’s blood and the Holy Spirit who produces faith. (b) Therefore, by baptism, the sign of the covenant, they must be received into the Christian church and distinguished from the children of unbelievers. (c) This was done in the Old Testament by circumcision, (d) which was replaced by baptism in the New Testament (e)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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