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The Trinity, Practically Speaking

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ISBN: 9780830859610

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Three Gods, or One, or Three-in-One? Since the word Trinity does not appear in the Bible, many people wonder whether the doctrine is anything more than an intellectual puzzle created by theologians. This book takes readers on a guided tour of the logic leading to understanding God as a Trinity. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in the Bible (and in Christian experience) are all vital to the reality of salvation. All three save. This point may not seem to be very significant until seen in the light of the basic premise of the entire Bible, namely, that only God can save (Hosea 13:4). There are benefits involved in understanding God as a communion of persons, a circle of love. God is no longer viewed as a distant judge removed from the sorrows of earthly existence. Salvation can be seen as more than mere forgiveness of sins. It also involves a life-transforming communion of divine love. A robust understanding of the Trinity fosters a more full and transformed Christian life.

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  • Title : The Trinity, Practically Speaking
  • Author: Macchia, Frank D.
  • Publisher: IVP Books
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • ISBN: 9780830859610

Frank D. Macchia is Professor of Systematic Theology at Vanguard University of Southern California. He holds the MDiv from Union Theological Seminary (New York) and the DTheol from the University of Basel (Switzerland). He edits Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (Brill) and has authored Baptized in the Spirit (Zondervan, 2006).

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  4. Mark LaBarr

    Mark LaBarr

    5/29/2021

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    Macchia brings a fresh, but biblical, approach to the doctrine of the Trinity. His focus is on salvation and begins with the biblically-evidenced fact that only God can save. He then demonstrates that each Person of the Trinity is intimately and necessarily (biblically-speaking) involved in salvation; therefore, the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Spirit is God. The layman will have no difficulties with the accessibility of this book, but the content is obviously informed by a theologian who knows what he is doing. His succinct method and clear points make this a great tool to use to share the Trinity with others and defend it.
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  5. Terence Tan

    Terence Tan

    5/16/2021

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    "The Trinity, Practically Explained" argues that the doctrine is not an intellectual puzzle to be solved but an important practical necessity in the life of the Christian. The historical background of Arius and the Council of Nicaea is absent because the author's focus is on presenting the biblical arguments for the Trinity. His argument begins on the premise that only God can save but by showing that God the Father saves, Jesus the Son saves and the Holy Spirit saves, the inevitable conclusion is God is a Trinity. The impact of the Trinitarian God and our Trinitarian salvation impacts our worship, witness, ethics and hope. In his online biography, Macchia describes himself as an ecumenical theologian and his ecumenical approach can be seen in this well-written book which should find doctrinal agreement across denominational lines.
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  6. Robert Lassiter
    After placing the order I tried to download it to my computer. Apparently, you can only download it to your phone. I'm not going to read a book on my phone. Disappointed.
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