This Sunday the two congregations I serve got together for a joint service to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Knox Presbyterian! That’s right, a century of faithful witness in the town of Briercrest. I am very proud to be associated with this church and to have contributed my small bit to it.
It is an interesting juxtaposition of a centennial celebration and Trinity Sunday. I wasn’t entirely sure how to bring these two things together, and was perfectly prepared to jettison one for the other if necessary, when it struck me, this is a good Sunday to remember how we got the doctrine of the Trinity and then reflect on what it means for us.
You will occasionally come across people who will tell you that the doctrine of the Trinity is flawed, or even false, because it does not occur by that name in the Bible. It is true that the word “trinity” is not used in the Bible. However, the lack of a label for something doesn’t demonstrate its non-existence. I enjoyed going over a very small portion of the history of how the Trinity came to be understood. I was able to successfully keep myself from turning a sermon into a history lecture about the heresy of Arianism as encountered by the church in the first two or three centuries after Christ’s death and resurrection. We took a high level look at the history and dove more deeply into what it means, namely that we serve a God for whom relationality is an integral part. From that essential relational nature it makes it easier to understand how and why God wants to have a relationship with us. As always, feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below, on Facebook, or any other convenient mechanism.
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