Hudson Taylor: “I can scarcely think…but I can trust”

From Hudson Taylor In Early Years: The Growth of A Soul by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor; Morgan & Scott; 1911

JP: Brief post by Dianne Heeney with Hudson Taylor’s “spiritual secret”:

Strength For Today: One of Taylor’s “Spiritual Secrets”

Taylor returned to England with ill health and was brought to the very doors of death by the terrible news of the Boxer Rebellion in May 1890. The disruption of the work and the murder of hundreds of missionaries along with native Christians caused him to say, “I cannot read, I cannot pray, I can scarcely think…but I can trust”

Dig deeper:

Wiki: Hudson Taylor

Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret (This is the classic biography of James Hudson Taylor by his son Howard and daughter-in-law Geraldine, who also served as missionaries to China. It is the inspiring story of Taylor’s uncovering of the spiritual secret that paved the way for the China Inland Mission to become a reality)


Pastor Doug Roman on giving

Does Tax-Deductible Giving Impact Church Offerings?


I had another fleeting thought . . . would removing the tax-deductibility of a monetary gift impact church offerings? While there is no reason to think that suffering (i.e., flogging, imprisonment, beatings, etc.) for our faith is imminent in our country, some of these kinds of legislative impediments are certainly within the realm of possibility. But if it did ever happen, would we continue to give faithfully and generously to our church (assuming we are doing so now)?

“Scutum Fidei” and the Athanasian Creed

JP: “Scutum Fidei” is Latin for “Shield of Faith”. From Wikipedia article:

The only name for this diagram which was in any regular use during the Middle Ages was “Scutum Fidei” (a Latin phrase meaning “Shield of the Faith”, taken from the Vulgate of Ephesians verse 6:16).

The particular phrase “Shield of the Trinity”, which is now the most common name for the diagram in English, didn’t come into regular use until the 20th century. However, it is called in Latin Scutum Sancte Trinitatis or “Shield of the Holy Trinity” (where sancte is a medieval form for more classical sanctae) on the font in Crosthwaite Church, near Keswick, Cumbria, England. Other variant names are “Arms of the Trinity”, “Shield of the Blessed Trinity”, “Emblem of the Trinity”, “Arms of the Faith”, “Emblem of the Holy and Undivided Trinity”

Below are some ancient and modern representations of the “Shield of the Trinity”.

Below: “The Trinity” from The Valley of Vision (HT:

Three in One, One in Three, God of my salvation,

Heavenly Father, blessed Son, eternal Spirit,

I adore thee as one Being, one Essence,
one God in three distinct Persons,
for bringing sinners to thy knowledge and to thy kingdom.

O Father, thou hast loved me and sent Jesus to redeem me;

O Jesus, thou hast loved me and assumed my nature,
shed thine own blood to wash away my sins,
wrought righteousness to cover my

O Holy Spirit, thou hast loved me and entered
my heart, implanted there eternal life,
revealed to me the glories of Jesus.

Three Persons and one God, I bless and praise thee,
for love so unmerited, so unspeakable,
so wondrous, so mighty to save the lost
and raise them to glory.

O Father, I thank thee that in fullness of grace
thou hast given me to Jesus, to be his sheep,
jewel, portion;

O Jesus, I thank thee that in fullness of grace
thou hast accepted, espoused, bound me;

O Holy Spirit, I thank thee that in fullness of
grace thou hast
exhibited Jesus as my salvation,
implanted faith within me,
subdued my stubborn heart,
made me one with him for ever.

O Father, thou art enthroned to hear my prayers,

O Jesus, thy hand is outstretched to take my

O Holy Spirit, thou art willing to help my
infirmities, to show me my need,
to supply words, to pray within me,
to strengthen me that I faint not in

O Triune God, who commandeth the universe,
thou hast commanded me to ask for those
things that concern thy kingdom and my soul.

Let me live and pray as one baptized into the
threefold Name.

Text: Athanasian Creed

Wiki: Athanasian Creed

Articles on the Trinity:

Loraine Boettner: The Trinity
An Explanation of the Trinity for Muslims
What is the doctrine of the Trinity?
ISBE: The Trinity I
ISBE: The Trinity II