Living My Way Into the Life of the Trinity

John ArmstrongChrist/Christology, Contemplation, Discipleship, Forgiveness, God's Character, Jesus, Love, Personal, Prayer, Scripture, The TrinityLeave a Comment

No truth is (perhaps) more complex than that of the Trinity, one God in three persons. But I am persuaded that no truth is more central to living well as a follower of Christ. The Trinity is not a debate, at least for me. It is revealed yet it is a stunning mystery. A professor, playing on an earlier line, … Read More

Christian Identity & the Place of Trinitarian Ecumenism

John ArmstrongThe Trinity, Unity of the Church

Christian faith is about the alternatives of life and death rather than about abstract doctrinal and philosophical forms. This does not mean doctrine is unimportant. It simply means it is not life itself. The church is where divine life is to be lived on earth by the outpoured Spirit who creates in us the living prayer of Christ who is … Read More

Speaking of God

John ArmstrongGod's Character, Love, Spirituality, The Trinity

We have always had a difficult time when we speak of the living God. Most people, including the most ardent believers, treat this as a non-problem. This reveals a profound lack of understanding biblically and historically. The ancient Jews did not even speak the "revealed" name of God. So how do we, living in the time of Christ who is … Read More

Conversations with Theologians

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, The Trinity, Theology

More than twenty years ago an evangelical professor of theology at Hillsdale College, Dr. Michael Bauman (photo), decided to interview some of Europe’s leading theologians. He selected Anglican, Reformed, Lutheran, Orthodox and Catholic thinkers. He sought out eleven people because he thought they had in them the unmistakable marks of having lived a truly theological existence. The theologians included Hendrikus … Read More

God Is a Community of Persons

John ArmstrongLove, The Trinity

Perhaps the most astounding discovery of my last ten years or so has been the realization that God is a community of persons existing in an eternal relationship of love. The Father loves the Son. This is more than a source of doctrinal acknowledgement or confession. It is even more than a source of inspiration. We actually share in this … Read More

The Trinity Is Not an Abstract Doctrine

John ArmstrongLordship of Christ, The Trinity

I wrote yesterday about my growing awareness of the love of God as a community of persons. I was brought into this community by faith in the Son of God and through Christian baptism. This is why I was baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Far too many Christians I’ve known over the … Read More

The Importance of T. F. Torrance

John ArmstrongBiblical Theology, Books, Christ/Christology, Reformed Christianity, The Trinity, Theology

Thomas Forsyth Torrance (1913 – 2007) was one of the greatest of all 20th century Christian theologians. Torrance’s diverse writing is often dense, not the easiest to grasp by simple reading and yet tremendously important. As I work away on a book on the Trinity I find myself going back to Torrance time and time again. Tom Torrance, as his … Read More

The Trinity and Christian Unity

John ArmstrongMissional-Ecumenism, The Trinity, Unity of the Church

When I began my journey to missional-ecumenism the most important doctrine that I began to understand in a new way was the Trinity. This doctrine about the God who is revealed in Holy Scripture powerfully relates to unity among Christian believers. I was honestly unprepared for how powerfully this truth would grip my own mind and heart as I studied … Read More

The Feast of Pentecost

John ArmstrongChurch Tradition, The Church, The Trinity, Unity of the Church

Today is the beginning of a new cycle in the church year, the Feast of Pentecost. Easter has ended liturgically but Pentecost reminds us that the resurrected Christ is still with us by the gift of the Spirit who makes him known to all who believe. The word pentecost (from the Greek pentekoste hemera, meaning “fiftieth day”) was originally a … Read More