This is a great article that discusses some important topics concerning our salvation in a succint and understandable manner. From the Biblical Counseling Coalition………..
This book by the eminent Bible scholar and theologian Vern Poythress is a fascinating examination of developing a new way to think about and understand the Trinity. The author’s goal here is to provide a different framework to examine the relations within the Trinity, then flowing out to God’s relationship with humans. He proposes uses perspectives – points of view – to do this. He makes the case that people use perspectives all the time in examining themselves and the world around them, and we are certainly hearing a lot in society today about learning to see life, ethnicity and culture from differing perspectives.
Poythress first describes the three types of perspectives he uses in examining the Trinity, and then he begins to apply those three forms of perspectives to an examination of the Trinity. Within this examination, Poythress also shows how the use of thinking and defining in terms of perspectives can help with questions that have long puzzled Christians, such as how God is both transcendent and immanent, understanding the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and balancing the soveriegnty of God with human responsibility for their actions.
This book is by no means an easy and quick read, but careful and methodical reading of the ideas that Poythress presents will provide benefits and understandings that make the effort well-worth the time and energy. Highly recommended!
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I have mentioned before that I am somewhat of a theology nerd. But why not? Theology is simply the study of God, and what can be more important or exciting than learning more about the God of the universe? Anyway, this article does a great job of summarizing one of the most important – one of the hardest to understand – concepts in the Bible: That Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man. From Monergism…………..
If you only want to read a short definition, it is provided at the top of this article. But if you want to dig deeper, there is a lot of good info here! From Logos Talk…………..
I haven’t posted a pure theology article in a while now, but the more I understand theology (study of God) the more I know and appreciate the Lord! From Vern Poythress……………..
[EDITOR’S NOTE]: The original version of this article was written in June 2019, several weeks before the news about the recent divorce and repudiation of Christianity by Joshua Harris; one of his books I had originally recommended. In light of these recent developments, I offer a new suggestion for #10
Top 10 Theology Books for beginners:
This book has been in print constantly since its first publication in the 1970’s, and was named by Christianity Today, as one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals in the 20th Century. Packer is an eminent scholar, theologian, and teacher, but his writing is unusually clear and practical; and instructs readers in two eminent subjects — knowing about God, and also knowing God intimately through knowing Jesus “closer than a brother.” You cannot go wrong with this sublime book.
Like Packer’s book above, this work by Tozer is not strictly a systematic theology; but like Packer’s book, it has been in continual print since first published in the 1950’s, and also is often cited as a formative influence on numerous pastors, authors and lay people alike. Tozer writes with passion and clarity on 10 of the most attributes that make God the “only God.”
This work is older but still is in print and highly readable (publisher describes it as being written originally for high school students), but covers all the basics parts of theology in under 200 pages.
THEOLOGY IN THREE DIMENSIONS — A Guide to Triperspectivalism and Its Significance by John Frame (P & R Publishing — 2017)
THEOLOGY IN THREE DIMENSION by John Frame presents an interesting and unique outlook on how to do theology; and from the processes and viewpoints explained in this fairly short, but meaty book, offers a way to coherently tie together the realities of God’s makeup as a way of learning more about Him, our world, and ourselves. Frame attempts in this book to explain his intriguing theory that that the triunity of the Godhead inevitably leads to a universe that is filled with triads and three perspectives on looking at all things both spiritual and material.
The main idea posited in the book is Frame’s argument that all things theological and biblical can be perceived and evaluated in terms of three perspectives — the normative, the situational, and the existential perspective. Defining “perspective” as “a position from which a person sees something,” Frame shows that one must use more than only one simple perspective to grasp more of the reality of a thing or a topic — including and especially our Triune God. Because God has given us glimpses of His unique omniperspective in the Bible, that coupled with our human perspectives in concert should give us a more thorough an extensive method to examine the truths of God, the teachings of the Bible for systematic and biblical theologies, and a greater understanding of the human condition from a multiple perspective methodology.
While the book is written at an accessible level, and Frame is an able writer and effective communicator — still, the thoughts and implications in this book are profound and thought-provoking, and would warrant several readings over time to fully grasp the significant implications posited by this preeminent theologian and Christian thinker. Highly recommended.