• Trinity, part 8

    Posted Jan 6th, 2011 By in Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Chapter 7, the final chapter of Sanders’ book, continues to tease out practical applications for the Christian life rooted in a robust Trinitarian theology. The title tells us where we are going: “Praying with the Grain (Or, The Tacit Trinitariansim of All Christian Prayer). Like with wood and paper and cat hair there is a …

  • Trinity, part 6

    Posted Dec 19th, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Sanders’s next chapter, “Into the Saving Life of Christ (Or, What’s Trinitarian about a Personal Relationship with Jesus),” takes up the evangelical emphasis upon Jesus and a personal relationship with him and squares that with the book’s emphasis upon the Trinity. The question with which he begins the chapter says it all: “Is the gospel …

  • Trinity, part 5

    Posted Dec 12th, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Sanders’ next chapter is on the “Shape of the Gospel: Or, The Tacit Trinitarianism of Evangelical Salvation.” If Chapter Three dealt primarily with the ontological trinity—the Trinity as it is, in its being and essence—Chapter Four, takes up the economical trinity—the Trinity as it acts or functions. The term “economical Trinity” came to be used …

  • Trinity, part 4

    Posted Dec 3rd, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Is belief in the Trinity necessary for salvation? Evangelicals have a propensity for raising such a question, suggests Sanders (The Deep Things of God, 97), and in so doing exposing “a desire to reduce everything in Christianity to the bare minimum of experiential, and preferably emotional, accessibility” (p. 97). That’s the bad news. The good …

  • Trinity – Part III

    Posted Nov 23rd, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | 1 Comment

    Chapter 2 in Sanders’s The Deep Things of God, is long like the first chapter—36pp—but very important. The title says it all, “Within the Happy Land of the Trinity.” Essentially this is a chapter about what theologians have generally referred to as the ontological trinity (such nomenclature as, the essential Trinity, the Trinity of being, …

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