Stylos is the blog of Jeff Riddle, a Reformed Baptist Pastor in North Garden, Virginia. The title "Stylos" is the Greek word for pillar. In 1 Timothy 3:15 Paul urges his readers to consider "how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar (stylos) and ground of the truth."
Image (left side): Decorative urn with title for the book of Acts in Codex Alexandrinus.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Ordination Hymn: This Noble Task
Note:We sang this hymn Sunday before last during a deacon ordination service. I wrote the text back in 1992 for the service in which I was ordained to the gospel ministry.
This Noble Task
To all who would this noble task
Take up in view of call,
One thing the noble Master asks
Is that we give up all.
We give up all we’ve loved the best,
Our pride, our wealth, our fame
And find that God has given rest
And made our losing gain.
With empty hands we go to work
The task before us lies
To help those who in shadows lurk
And open blinded eyes.
This task is not for one alone
But for the Church entire,
For all on whom Christ’s flame has
And built a burning fire!
Words by Jeffrey T. Riddle, 1992Tune:ST. ANNE, Common Meter