Category Archives: Trinity

Imitative Theology

We are imitators by nature. God made us this way. We are, after all, image-bearers. To copy is human. We know this in a very profound way when we become parents. Children very early on begin to reflect our temperament … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Creation

When God made the world he made it in divine priority. He made all things with an agenda, and to use the oft-repeated line, “he saved the best for last.” He made man on day six, and at the end … Continue reading

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Exhortation to Worship: The Trinity and Meaning

We have come a long way from those early centuries of the Church. Our society no doubt has fallen for the pluralistic trap. Those things which the Church fought so hard to maintain are things that the churches fear to … Continue reading

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What is Holy Saturday?

The Passion Week provides vast theological emotions for the people of God. Palm Sunday commences with the entrance of a divine King riding on a donkey. He comes in ancient royal transportation. That royal procession concludes with a Crucified Messiah … Continue reading

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The Trinity and Social Theory

Karen Kilby sees some dangers in using the Trinity as an analogy or model for social theory. She is concerned that the dominance of one particular model over others can actually prove harmful. She opines that once we view the … Continue reading

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The Trinitarian Father

I have published my little essay The Trinitarian Father via kindle. And at this moment it seems to be doing quite well earning a #6 spot under “Christian Youth Ministry.” Go ahead and download yourself a copy for $0.99.

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Trinitarian Hospitality, A Parishioner’s Reflections

On reflecting on my sermon on Biblical Hospitality, one of my parishioners, Gracie Scott, offered some thoughts and applications based on her study of the issue framed by a Trinitarian model: God, the three in one, is hospitably life giving, so … Continue reading

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Trinity Sunday Sermon: Heavenly Worship That Changes the World, Isaiah 6:1-7

Sermon Audio People of God, this is Trinity Sunday. Of course, every Sunday is Trinity Sunday, since we worship the God who is One and Three. But today, rather than assume the Trinity in everything, we are going to consider … Continue reading

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Exhortation: What is the Trinity?

I have often sat quietly as I heard people begin a sentence with these dreadful words: “The Trinity is like…” I have heard the Trinity being compared to eggs, ice, ancient three-headed gods, and to the “C” note on the … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: The One and the Many

This Trinitarian life is given for us in many ways. The God who is Three and One gives us Bread and Wine in the midst of the congregation. The Oneness of this body is joined with the Many bodies worldwide … Continue reading

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The God who is Three and One

In preparing my sermon on Isaiah 6, Phil Walters pointed me to this great quote from St. Pope Gregory the Great: When Isaiah also praising the unity of the Trinity, he says that the voices of the seraphim cried out: … Continue reading

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What is Trinity Sunday?

The Church celebrates this Sunday the blessed, Holy Trinity. God is Three and One. In the calendar, Trinity Sunday follows Pentecost. Pentecost was the pouring of the Spirit (The Third Person of the Holy Trinity) upon an infant Church. Pentecost … Continue reading

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The Trinity and the Explicit Statement Fallacy

The Dispensational rush to explicit statements, in order to prove one point or another fails miserably. This is particularly striking when it comes to the doctrine of the Trinity, and by implication, when it comes to the eternal covenant of … Continue reading

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Covenant as an Aspect of God’s Own Being

Ralph Smith concludes by answering critics of the Trinitarian Covenant: The compellingly consistent and comprehensive character of God’s covenantal relations with the creation suggest that the covenant is not a mere secondary feature of the world, but an aspect of God’s own being (37).

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Again, if there is such a covenant relationship among the Persons of the Godhead, then as Smith observes: …it ought to constitute the paradigmatic covenant and therefore supply not only the key notion of systematic as well as biblical theology, but also … Continue reading

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Trinitarian Covenant and Adamic Covenant

Ralph Smith in his Eternal Covenant: How the Trinity Reshapes Covenant Theology, asserts that many within the Reformed camp give primacy to the Adamic Covenant over the Trinitarian Covenant: What is remarkable is that the covenant with Adam, though in conception lower … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room, James McDonald, and the Public Discourse

I concur wholeheartedly with Tim Keller and D.A. Carson’s decision and rationale behind the dangerous public affair of the ER2. Keller and Carson observe: There is always a place for a Paul to reason with pagan philosophers in the Areopagus,” … Continue reading

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Voddie Baucham, T.D. Jakes, and the Elephant in the Room

Voddie clarifies the entire ER2 controversy, and adds a few insights to the discussion. His conclusion: I’m not angry with James MacDonald.  He’s my brother, and I love him.  We disagree.  We both understand that.  Ironically, that’s what The Elephant … Continue reading

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Our Enjoyment of God

Jenson writes of the incorporation of Christian humanity into the triune life through music:  “Our enjoyment of God is that we are taken into the triune singing.  Perhaps we may say that we are allowed to double the parts.  And … Continue reading

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Trinity and Temple

Leithart observes that the three uses of the word on the pillar that are in the temple (Rev. 3:12) make reference to the Triune Name. He writes: Jesus promises to write a triple name on the pillars that are in … Continue reading

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Triune Love at the Cross

Peter Leithart writes: The cross is the work of the Father, who gave His Son in love for the world; the cross is the work of the Son, who did not cling to equality with God but gave Himself to … Continue reading

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Imaging the Triune Life; or Living Perichoretically

Because we are made in God’s image, God is the model for humanity. The Father, Son, and Spirit mutually indwell one another’s lives (Jn. 13-17). The theological term for this is “perichoresis.” “Peri” is Greek for “around.” We get the … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Jesus and Trinity

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes it is easy to go back to our early days in the Christian faith. Back then everything was so simple. We believed in Jesus, … Continue reading

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Incomprehensible Jargon

Darrel Johnson in his Experiencing the Trinity writes that Thomas Jefferson wanted to do away with the Trinity because of the “incomprehensible jargon of  Trinitarian arithmetic.” Jefferson wanted to go back to the simple doctrine of Jesus. The problem, writes … Continue reading

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Living in the Trinity

The trinitarian unity of the Son and the Father through the Spirit is a model for the relationships of men and women in the Spirit of Christ. The unity of the Church resides neither in the monarchy of God, nor … Continue reading

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Necessary Suffering

Jurgen Moltmann writes: Even more important, however, is the recognition that if Jesus were not “God’s son,” if God were not “in him,” then his suffering would have no divine meaning for the redemption of the world. It would disappear … Continue reading

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The Trinity and Feasting

The problem with ascetic traditions or traditions that highly exalt solitary contemplation as a way of life is that it is inherently Unitarian. On the other hand, Trinitarian theology calls for celebration and feasting in community as a way of … Continue reading

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Pastoral Observations on the Trinity, Part IV

Definitions are a tricky thing. These discussions assume a foundational understanding of the Trinity. Here are a few basic definitions worth memorizing: “Within the one Being that is God, there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons, namely, the Father, … Continue reading

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Pastoral Observations on the Trinity, Part III

One of the great problems we have in discussing the Trinity is that there is so much miscommunication. Our goal then is to explain the Trinity in simple terms. We do this very well with little ones. When we introduce … Continue reading

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Pastoral Observations on the Trinity, Part II

Archive The Trinity is a Trinity of Love. The Persons of the godhead love one another perfectly. This establishes a simple pattern for the people. We too, must be a community of love imitating the perfect love of Father, Son, … Continue reading

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