I grew up in a church called "Trinity." As I learned about what Christians believed, I eventually learned about the doctrine of the Trinity: there is one God who exists as Father, Son and Spirit. Over the years, perhaps especially in my later teens when I first began to learn about and meet people who … Continue reading The ABCs of Faith – Arianism!
Last night was our third week in our series The ABCs of Faith: How Good Theology Leads to Spiritual Maturity Through Actions, Belief and Connections. After discussing a basic understanding of God (God is the infinite, being itself, set apart from all beings in a category his own who creates the universe as separate from … Continue reading The ABCs of Faith -Marcion and Gnostics!
I love the work of those great Christian thinkers who hammered out the Trinitarian understanding of God in the early Church, so I had to include at least one of their works in my list. These early thinkers were so influential that I'd say we can believe God as a unity of three equally divine … Continue reading #79 – The Five Theological Orations by Gregory Nazianzus (My 100 Favorite Books)
We all have notions of what God is like. These ideas and images are built from all sorts of sources - stories, pop culture, holy scriptures, teachers, friends. I imagine even atheists have some picture in their minds of what the God they do not believe in is like. In many cases, it is just … Continue reading What God is Like (Crucifixion of the Warrior God chs. 1-2)
I have so enjoyed working through the writings of long dead Christians whose work has stood the test of time. Recently I've been reading the Cappadocian Fathers, three men who lived in the second half of the 300s. Their work on the Trinity and Christian spirituality is fantastic. Gregory of Nyssa's The Great Catechism is … Continue reading Listening to the Saints – Gregory of Nyssa’s Great Catechism
In my journey through reading Christian classics, I recently read Basil of Caesarea's On the Holy Spirit. Basil was good friends with Gregory of Nazianzus, together with Basil's brother Gregory they are known as the Cappadocian Fathers. Their writings were hugely influential in solidifying the doctrine of the Trinity leading up to the Council of … Continue reading Five Theological Orations by Gregory of Nazianzus
I recently read through Basil of Caesarea's classic work On the Holy Spirit. Basil is one of the Cappadocian fathers and this work on the Holy Spirit was hugely influential in the Council of Constantinople's editing and affirmation of the Nicene Creed, including stronger language on the deity of the Spirit. This work is also … Continue reading Basil of Caesarea’s On the Holy Spirit
Like anyone, I enjoy listening to music. I never learned to play an instrument and I don't really have a critical ear for the skills of musicians. But I have friends who are skilled musicians. We can listen to the same song and because of their understanding of music, they appreciate the song on a … Continue reading The Beauty of the Infinite – Review
Who is God? That was the first question we were asked at one of our Q and A nights on campus last year. I do not remember what went through my mind exactly, other than wondering how to answer such a broad and open-ended question. Where to start? Recalling that night, I am pretty sure … Continue reading Who is God?
13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of God’s churches … Continue reading Summer in Thessalonica 4 – Transformation