The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything
A specialist in the doctrine of the Trinity explains how the
gospel is inherently Trinitarian, and how this adds depth and
richness to faith and the Christian life.
The doctrine of the Trinity is widely taught and believed by
evangelicals, but rarely is it fully understood or celebrated.
Systematic theologian Fred Sanders, in The Deep Things of
God, shows why we ought to embr
What might seem strange about this thesis is that many new Christians might not know much - if anything - about the Trinity. But that does not change the reality that when we swim in the waters of salvation we are swimming in the reality of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. ...more
He brilliantly addresses the three common questions Evangelicals tend to ask about the Trinity: Is it biblical? Does it make sense? Does it matter?
His book can best be summarized in the last sentence of his preface, "A Christian ...more
On the other hand he does do a lot of awkward block quoting, and does ramble on the same point quite a lot. If you're looking for a fully packed interesting and enlightening read, this will most likely not ...more
As the title implies, this book gets into the deep thin ...more
After spending a chapter examining some examples of evangelical writings about the Trinity, Sanders spends the bulk of the middle of the book explaining the doctrine of the Trinity and then examining the height and depth and breadth of the gospel as it grows out of the doctrine of the Trinity.
"Edifying" is the word I want for the bulk of ...more
Sanders' analysis on the role of Trinitarianism in modern evangelicalism is that it is not explicit enough. He correctly identifies that much of the Trinitarianism to modern evangelicalism is tacit. Most of the time we encounter the Trinity in the recitation of our creeds - it sees little of the robust applications of doctrines favoured by evangelicals such as justification. Sanders (with the ...more
Skipping ahead to chapter 4, what I regard as the meat of the book, I find the most interesting discuss ...more
The Trinity is absolutely fundamental to the Christian experience. Trinitarian understanding is presupposed in and fundamental to the Gospel. However, most believers look upon the Trinity as a set of doctrinal formulations that are divorced from the practicality of daily life. Because the everyday pertinence of the Trinity is not explicitly understood, the Trinity recedes into the background of evangelical pri ...more
Sanders is an Evangelical, not a group known ...more
However, if you are looking at how evangelicals have looked at t ...more
The Trinity is not just abstract doctrine that shows that God is beyond our understanding.
The Trinity is the Gospel. This makes the Gospel itself much deeper and more wonderful than most of us can imagine or articulate. The Trinity through the Gospel is life and love into which we are invited to participate.
"There is 'the ordinary simple Christian at prayer' praying to the Father, assisted ...more
One of the most distressing things I've noticed since becoming a Christian is that so many believers are so Christocentric, they often come off as Unitarian. The focus on Jesus (while neglecting the father and ignoring the Spirit) and the truncated gospel, prevalent in evangelical churches, directly contribute to our spiritua ...more