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In Simply Trinity, Matthew Barrett mixes an inviting writing style with theological depth. In this rare combination, he has produced a theological book for regular Christians without dumbing down the content.
Granted, he uses theological jargon; but then he explains the jargon. He cites sources and detailed arguments but summarizes and clarifies them. He uses handy block summaries for key arguments throughout. In short, despite the sometimes daunting task of understanding trinitarian theology, Barrett writes for the church.
I wish I wrote this book not just for the above reason but because of how well Barrett receives, interprets, and rebuffs recent evangelical approaches to the Trinity. While the book itself only dedicates one chapter to eternal functional subordination (EFS) or eternal relations of authority and submission (ERAS), the whole work itself shows the insufficiency of such an approach by its positive argument for a biblical and Nicene view of the Trinity. [Read more…] about Simply Trinity by Matthew Barrett
In this episode, Fred Sanders and I discuss the Trinity and how the Scripture speaks of the Trinity.
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Heaven & Earth features conversations between myself and another person who knows something fascinating. In these conversations, I play the role of the listener and ask questions to learn more about a topic.
In this episode, professor Craig Carter and I talk about interpreting Scripture with the great tradition, Christian Platonism, and classical theism. I hope you enjoy the conversation.
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A well-known pastor created a bit of an uproar recently when he paraphrased Jesus in John 16:7. The pastor summarized Jesus as saying: “I am not leaving you. I am changing forms.” The language of “changing” forms sounded to a lot of people like he taught the ancient heresy of modalism.
Did he teach modalism? Perhaps, but probably not because he explained himself just afterwards by paraphrasing Jesus again: “When I send my Spirit, I will be in you. So I am not leaving you. I am just changing locations.”
The point he is making, at least in this short clip, seems to be that the Spirit of Jesus makes Jesus present on earth even though he is located in heaven. In any case, it is worth reflecting on what Modalism is since—for better or worse—Christians are now discussing it. [Read more…] about “I am not leaving you. I am changing forms”—is this modalism?
Gregory of Nyssa once wrote, “The chief point of Christian piety is to believe the only begotten God” (John 1:18). His contemporary and friend Gregory of Nazanzius similarily said, “The Trinity is the chief topic of Christianity.”
I suppose if someone asked us what the chief topic of Christianity is, then we would reply, “Jesus” or “the Gospel.” But our answer and the earlier answers do not disagree with each other. In truth, they speak about the same reality but from different viewpoints. To confess the Trinity is to confess the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the only begotten of God. [Read more…] about What Is at the Centre of Christian Faith?