Essay / Theology

Deep Things Book Release Event Sept. 27

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you might want to plan on attending the book release event that Biola’s department of Apologetics is hosting. It’s on Monday, Sept. 27, from 7:30 to 9:30. Hosted by Craig Hazen, this free event will be two hours of great teaching on the Trinity, with my new book as an excuse. I’ll be there with signed copies of the Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything, and three popular Biola profs will be joining me: Erik Thoennes, Melissa Schubert, and Rob Price. There’s no charge for attending, so it’s a great chance to get a free look at the kind of educational events that Biola Apologetics hosts all the time here.

Speaking of the book, Amazon has now rolled a very generous portion of the interior pages into their “Click to Look Inside” feature. If you’d like to check it out before buying, it looks to me like you can read dozens and dozens of pages of it at Amazon.

And as long as I’m on the subject, I’ve seen three online reviews of Deep Things in the last week or so. Here are the links and best bits. (The first one, by the way, is the kind of review that makes me think I can go ahead and retire now because my work here is done. I’m blown away by how God is using the message of this book in the lives of pastors and worship leaders.)

Mark Lauterbach, at Gospel Driven Life: Fred Sanders… has written a barnburner. That is pretty amazing for theology. This book is easily on my list of best books in the last year, would be on my top books of the last ten years, and may become one I read again and again. That latter list is very short…. This is the first book in a long while that has compelled me to stop my reading and adore my God. It has fueled my sight of the beauty of God in worship on Sunday. It has stirred new faith for preaching. …Preachers — your people need this. They need a vision of the glory to which the God of grace calls them.

Kevin Fiske at Already and Not Yet: Sanders does a remarkable job helping Christians move from mere analogous understandings of Trinitarian reality to experientially, Scripturally based, vivid apprehensions of how the Trinity relates to our lives every day in light of the gospel. … Chapter 2, “Within the Happy Land of the Trinity”, is worth the purchase of the book itself…explaining the glory, benefit, and depth of rightly understanding who God is, before considering what God does.

Chris Spano at Church Plant Pastor: Regardless of who delivers the package, once you receive the gift of understanding how the gospel is inherently Trinitarian, I believe you will never be the same. Ever since receiving this gift from the team of Augustine, Anselm, W.G.T. Shedd, and C.S. Lewis, two aspects of my life have changed rather dramatically: how I read the Bible and how I pray—Sanders’ two examples of implicit Tinitarianism are perfect.

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