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Teaching the Trinity in Haiti

In January 2017 I got to teach about the Trinity at a Bible Institute in Haiti. I did it in partnership with More Than Bread, a ministry committed to training Haitian pastors with biblical and theological knowledge. In a developing country with obvious hardships and material

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Pro-Nicene Theology (Free E-Book)

Short story: here’s a free theology book to download. Long story: In late 2016, Mike Allen and Scott Swain edited a blog series at Zondervan’s Common Places devoted to Pro-Nicene Theology. Pro-Nicene theology is trinitarianism, of course, but it’s not just the doctrine of the Trinity

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God’s Omniscience as Law and Gospel (Sermon)

Earlier this month I got to preach in a chapel service at Biola’s Talbot School of Theology. I preached from Psalm 139 about divine omniscience, which has been much on my mind for the last few months. God knows everything about us, and the Bible

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Make Good People Wish It Were True (Pascal)

After 9 hours of discussing Pascal’s Pensées with juniors in the Torrey Honors Institute this week, I feel (yes, in my heart, which knows many things reason cannot know) that he is a subtle author indeed. His fragmentary apologetic for the Christian religion, though in form it’s

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Was Revealed, Is Revealed

Once upon a time, the triune God revealed the triunity of God. Before that time, God was triune but wasn’t saying so. Maybe there were hints and undertones here and there in the ways and words of the triune God throughout the Old Testament, but

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Absolute and Relative Regarding God

This post is just me preemptively sorting out some terminological confusion in academic trinitarian theology, so if you read it and then find yourself asking, “who cares?” you can’t say I didn’t warn you. The answer is, “seven people care.” So if you’re one of

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Angels Speaking Creation Maybe

So I was in church and we were singing that nineteenth-century hymn “Angels from the Realms of Glory” and that one line “you who sang creation’s story now proclaim Messiah’s birth” got me thinking about how I’ve sometimes wondered who the implied speaker is in

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The Triune God: Book Release Today

Today is the official release date of my book, The Triune God, in Zondervan’s ambitious New Studies in Dogmatics series edited by Allen and Swain. Its cover has a nice, minty green color that will look good under your favorite theologian’s Christmas tree. Put a little

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Gift and Giver

In The Dialogue of Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), she describes how God deals with the widespread human tendency to take good things from God and then forget him. “Those whose love is imperfect,” she reports God as saying, “who love me for my gifts and

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Dogmatics Class for LATC17

In mid-January of 2017, the Los Angeles Theology Conference will bring a remarkable group of theologians to Biola University for a two-day discussion of “The Task of Dogmatics.” (Register before the end of November for the early registration discount.) Theology professors in southern California should

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Helpful Resources from Classical Trinitarianism

The theme for the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society this year is the Trinity, so you can imagine how many sessions there are that I’m eager to attend. There’s also an ongoing Trinitarian Theology Consultation at ETS, which does Trinity programming every year.

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“Preserving, of Course, the Properties of Each” (Beckwith)

There’s an ancient rule for talking about the triune God’s action in the world: the outward works of the Trinity are undivided (opera Trinitatis ad extra indivisa sunt). It’s an important guideline that delivers you from thinking about three divine agents doing different things, which would