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Trinity Teaching: What is it?

Our Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, has pre-recorded a sermon (click here).

I have chosen to preach, actually teach, on this Trinity Sunday. I am more a ‘teacher’ than a ‘preacher’ anyways.

In an ecumenical text study, I was met with facial expressions questioning my sanity as I shared that I would probably not be utilizing the Presiding Bishop’s sermon in the service.

Then, I had a conversation with my mama. She had been ‘blowing the mind’ of a colleague while discussing our sacred history in scripture and the Trinity, primarily her questions. He asked if she was the annoying child who questioned the pastor, but she admitted that she did not have these questions until adulthood including:

  1. If Jesus is God incarnate in human flesh, who is Jesus praying to in the garden?
  2. If Jesus is God incarnate in human flesh, who does he scream out to from the cross?
  3. If Jesus is God, how can he be seated at the right hand of himself?

I, however, was proudly the annoying child questioning the pastor and faith formation leaders. Now, as a supposed adult, I continue to question and can speak hours and hours and hours on religion and theology… if only given the opportunity, but when I begin with the “-ologies” and “-isms”, my mama reminds me to ‘break it down potato head style’ for her.

Yet, I cannot sufficiently offer an understanding or image of the Trinity, but it is a significant mystery of faith that I LOVE to ponder often. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2020 in Sermons

 

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The Holy Trinity and “Making” Disciples

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Last week, I talked about how Pentecost seems strange to me because it is a feast to celebrate the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit in a manifestation that usually makes us uncomfortable. It was not the loving, comforting side but rather the unruly, untamed side that sends us forth and out into the world.

At the beginning of the service, I reference that this is also a feast day. It is the feast day (or Sunday) of the Holy Trinity, which is always the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is a strange day in it’s own right.

Our Sunday or Feasts texts usually involve a particular teaching or theme, or it deals with a particular event (like Pentecost), or perhaps a particular person like one of the Saints that we honor. Today is none of those. Today is the ONLY day of the church year that is dedicated to a teaching of the (Christian) Church, a core teaching, one of our most basic and fundamental doctrines.

But, throughout the world today, people will be hearing a lot of heresy (or false teaching) because the Trinity, the three-in-one, the one-in-three is a profound and divine mystery of who God is in our life, in our place, in our time, and in our world. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2017 in Sermons

 

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