I’m reading through Michael Bird’s What Christians Ought to Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine Through the Apostles’ Creed and finding it an outstanding resource for basic Christian doctrine. For those not familiar with Bird, he is solidly grounded (and educated …. [wink]) in Christian origins and New Testament theology,Read More

In honor of Trinity Sunday, I’m reposting my entire review of Charles C. Twombly’s Perichoresis and Personhood: God, Christ, and Salvation in John of Damascus in hopes of drawing attention to this most important work. It is a must-read for those who wish to plunge the depths of Trinitarian theology, ChristologyRead More

For any and every Christian, the Trinity is a foundational belief of our faith. Understanding it, in so far as we can, and embracing its importance is essential for communicating the existence of our Triune God to a world that does not believe and has misconceptions about the nature ofRead More

I had the opportunity, unexpectedly, to teach an adult class on the Trinity at our church this week. Here are my notes that I jotted down. The Bible affirms the reality of one God who eternally exists in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We take this to beRead More

Delighting in the Trinity is subtitled “An Introduction to the Christian Faith” for a reason. Michael Reeves has done a superb job of taking an often complicated yet absolutely foundational doctrine of the Christian faith and made it accessible and personal. From start to finish, the author insists that theRead More

In my reading on the Trinity (Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity; Advancing Trinitarian Theology; The Holy Trinity), one question has repeatedly been raised with regard to the meaning of “perichoresis”. The authors of the above books use the term (and its cognates) but do not carefully or adequately explainRead More

When in seminary, I wrote a paper offering a solution to the classic Euthyphro Dilemma (also the Divine Command Dilemma; see here). My solution made an appeal to God’s simplicity but did not not make the conceptual linkage that would shore it up as a bona fide resolution. While IRead More

The latest Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS 58/1, pp 131-149) has a fascinating article by D. Glenn Butner, Jr. entitled “Eternal Functional Subordination and the Problem of the Divine Will.” In it he argues that maintaining eternal functional subordination of the Son to the Father “is completely contraryRead More