Moving On With Ministry: A Prayer Request

Hello beloved blogger friends!

After seven years, my church and I have decided to part ways. I shall be leaving the semi-wonderful city of Tampa FL to new pastures by next month …!

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Question: So About The Darn Trinity

Anonymous asked:

Do you believe in the holy trinity? If so, could you use several bible verses to back that up? Thank you!

Not to shoo you off, but since I’ve written quite a lot on the subject, here you go (much of it is about the Holy Spirit).

– How Does The Trinity Work?

– What’s The Holy Spirit?

– Seven Things The Holy Spirit Does

– What Is Blaspheming The Holy Spirit?

– I Got The Holy Spirit, So Why Rebuke?

I do, in fact, believe in the Trinity, particularly based on the Great Commission in Matthew 28 but pretty much everywhere else starting in Genesis 1 with the work of God down to the Epistles where all three are concurrently, consistently mentioned.

The main thing though is that some biblical concepts are really just mysteries.  Are we allowed to say that anymore?  I know “mystery” is a dirty word in our Post-Enlightenment culturally-conditioned era to find answers that fit within our three lb. Pavlovian-trained brain.  Can someone just holler, “I don’t know” …? Because you know, I don’t know how it works, but the concept of the Trinity does best describe God to our puny human minds.  It best fits all the biblical evidence we have at hand.

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Quote: Fully Human

Ultimate reality is a community of persons who know and love one another. That is what the universe, God, history, and life is all about. If you favor money, power, and accomplishment over human relationships, you will dash yourself on the rocks of reality. It is impossible to stay fully human if you refuse the cost of forgiveness, the substitutional exchange of love, and the confinements of community. We believe the world was made by a God who is a community of persons who have loved each other for all eternity. You were made for mutually self-giving, other directed love. Self-centeredness destroys the fabric of what God has made.

— Timothy Keller