I hope you’ve enjoyed our journey through the Johanine Epistles and have gained new perspectives on them for both faith and life. l We now have a short series written by the Rev’d Dr Alan Spence on the Holy Trinity.
Alan is a URC minister who retired, earlier this year from a pastorate in Kent but still serves as the Convener of the Faith and Order Committee. He was ordained in the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa and has worked in the URC since 2001. Like all good theologians (Alan has written a number of books including Christology: A Guide for the Perplexed, The Promise of Peace: A Unified Theory of the Atonement, and Love Hurts: The Heart of the Christian Story) he is able to deal with complex ideas in a clear straightforward manner.
Over the next 6 days we will see, from the Old and New Testaments, how ideas about God being one underpin both the Jewish and Christian understanding of God and the paradox that arose with the realisation that Jesus was Lord and was, and is, worshipped and adored along with the Holy Spirit who, the early Church realised, was guide and animator. Alan weaves together 6 key Biblical passages which show the early Christian understandings of the Trinity with poetry, prayer and even quotations from the Athanasian creed. At the same time Alan makes these key ideas clear and vital for our own discipleship and understanding of God.
In an age when Christians often find it difficult to articulate our belief in the Trinity it’s good to set aside a week to read, reflect, think and pray through our central belief in God.
with every good wish
Andy Braunston Coordinator, Daily Devotions from the URC Project