Continuing our tea-ological discussion of the Holy Trinity, we turn now to the threeness, the tri-personality of the one God. Grab your cup and contemplate the mystery of the Almighty!
A historical warning for conservatives: If you keep making study groups, you’ll surrender eventually.
I think this is because the very creation of a study group suggests that God has not spoken clearly on the issue in question. I’ve not yet heard of a denomination forming a study group to examine and report on whether murder is compatible with Christian discipleship. But if you have an issue on which there is a more conservative and a more liberal view, authorizing a study group implies from the start that there are (at least) two faithful and legitimate positions on the matter. And if both positions are legitimate options, what grounds do you have for restricting it to the more conservative position?
From the Jacula Prudentum of George Herbert: “Valour that parleys, is near yielding.”
Church History, Volume 1: From Christ to Pre-Reformation, by Everett Fergusson (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005).
Excellent. A very clear and engaging tour of the story of the church before the Reformation. Fergusson does good history: fair, insightful in analysis, neither burdened by (post)modern disdain nor blinded by the rosy lenses of nostalgia. Highly recommended.