It makes no sense to talk of the Trinity without the Holy Spirit

I’ve noticed that discussions on the Trinity between Muslims and Christians tend to focus on God and Jesus. But it makes no sense to talk of “Trinity” without also focusing on the third person: the Holy Spirit. In the book of Acts there is an incident where Peter, one of the apostles of Jesus, equatesContinue reading “It makes no sense to talk of the Trinity without the Holy Spirit”

The Holy Spirit and the Trinity

In theological texts the doctrine of the Trinity is often dealt with as part of Theology Proper. Personally however I find it more logical to deal with it as part of Pneumatology. For it’s not until the Holy Spirit is explored more fully that the relationship between the three persons of the Trinity can beContinue reading “The Holy Spirit and the Trinity”

The daily Trinitarian prayer of John Stott

Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence and please you more and more. Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you. Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen inContinue reading “The daily Trinitarian prayer of John Stott”

Trinity analogies from John of Damascus

I love these Trinity analogies from John of Damascus, particularly the last two: “Think of the Father as a spring of life begetting the Son like a river and the Holy Ghost like a sea, for the spring and the river and sea are all one nature. Think of the Father as a root, andContinue reading “Trinity analogies from John of Damascus”

Eternal Trinity by Catherine of Siena

Eternal Trinity, Godhead, mystery deep as the sea, you could give me no greater gift than the gift of yourself. For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness, illuminates the mind withContinue reading “Eternal Trinity by Catherine of Siena”

What do Muslims find most difficult about Christianity?

I recently asked some Muslim friends, “What is the one thing you find most difficult or offensive about Christianity?” and whether this related to belief or behaviour. The overwealming majority answered that it was the Christian affirmation of the divinity of Jesus that they found most difficult, with many expressing their objections to trinitarian andContinue reading “What do Muslims find most difficult about Christianity?”

How would you explain the Trinity?

Has anyone ever asked you to explain the doctrine of the Trinity? How did you approach it? I seldom offer an explanation for the Trinity as it is not the easiest teaching to understand, even for Christians. But I seldom have to offer; I get asked all the time. For as soon as our conversationsContinue reading “How would you explain the Trinity?”

What is the difference between the Trimurti and the Trinity?

I have frequently heard non-Christians assert that the Trinity of Christianity and the Trimurti of Hinduism are equivalent “triple god” concepts. This, however, is a gross misunderstanding. Yes, the number three features promenantly in both teachings, but that is where the similarity largely ends. Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer) are temporally differentiated.Continue reading “What is the difference between the Trimurti and the Trinity?”

Aboriginal Christian Painting of the Trinity and the People of God

“Wapirra Trinity” by Clarise Nampijinpa Poulson. An Aboriginal Art website explains the image this way: “Her work of art contains, from top to bottom, the following Wapirra (Trinity) Jukurrpa. As usual in the iconography used at Yuendumu, humans are represented by U-forms. Inside the brown, nearly closed arc at the top of the painting are peopleContinue reading “Aboriginal Christian Painting of the Trinity and the People of God”