Yesterday I did my best to briefly summarize why Jesus must be God. Today, I want to do the same with the question, Why must God be a Trinity? If we are honest, the Trinity seems, at best, a math problem or a religious puzzle to solve. At worst, it is a man-made construction not supported … Continue reading Why Must God be a Trinity?
Two Sundays ago, I preached a sermon called "Jesus' Missionary Prayer" from John 17. Here's a snippet: So because God is complete in his Trinitarian love and glory-sharing, the reason we exist cannot be because God needs us to love and glorify him. The reason for mission cannot be that he needs us to find … Continue reading God’s Glory-Sharing
Most of the resources I come across that emphasize "spiritual formation" or "spiritual disciplines" focus on how I can grow my personal relationship with God. Things like reading the Bible, going to church, journaling, prayer, fasting, giving, and solitude make the list. These are good things. These things simply serve as instruments, or means, of … Continue reading Is Community a Spiritual Discipline?
Today is Maundy Thursday. "Maundy" comes from the Latin word mandatum, which means mandate or command. On Thursday night before his Friday crucifixion during his final meal with the disciples, Jesus gave them a new mandate, a "new commandment," to love as he had loved them (John 17:31-35). Sometime after the meal and this newly … Continue reading Maundy Thursday and Trinitarian Love
Don Carson reminds us not to go to the extreme of believing we can so influence God in prayer that we turn him into a genie of our own making: The...extreme begins with the slogan, "Prayer changes things." Petitionary prayer is everything. This means that if people die and go to hell, it is because … Continue reading Be Careful How You Intercede in Prayer
The Trinity -- the fact that God exists as three persons in one -- is the most mysterious and glorious truth about God. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all the same in their deity, attributes, and being, yet different in their function, office, and purpose. I love that our God is … Continue reading Symphonies and the Trinity
In heaven, Christians will be satisfied with the continual, gradual, joyful revealing of God to us for all eternity. With that will come layers and layers of learning about all the doctrines that make us scratch our head on this side of eternity. One thing in particular that intrigues me now, that I can't wait … Continue reading What Doctrine Can’t You Wait to Learn More About?
Happy 26th anniversary, Mom and Dad! This is better than the Silver Anniversary. Why? It's the next one. The next one is always better than the previous one. (Perhaps I could say, "Happy first anniversary of the second 25"?) Thanks for being an example of the Trinity -- very much one, yet very different. Thanks … Continue reading Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!