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The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything Paperback – August 4, 2010
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“At last, a practical guide to the most fundamental doctrine of them all. Mr Sanders shows us how the Trinity is the essential framework on which our faith is built, the hidden skeleton that gives shape and meaning to the flesh and blood of daily experience. Highly commended!”
—Gerald Bray, Research Professor of Divinity, History, and Doctrine, Beeson Divinity School; author, God Is Love and God Has Spoken
“Sanders has a gift for making the deep things of theology—in this case, the doctrine of the Trinity—clear and compelling rather than shallow and simplistic. This is as good an introduction to the essentially Trinitarian shape of evangelical faith and practice of which I’m aware. Every evangelical should be able to explain how the gospel is Trinitarian and the Trinity a summation of the gospel, and Sanders shows us how. He makes a convincing case that there is nothing wrong with the evangelical church in North American that a good dose of Trinitarian theology, if absorbed into the bloodstream of the body of Christ, could not cure. So take, drink, and prepare to be edified.”
—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“Fred Sanders’ book should be required reading for anyone involved in the work of the Gospel. It will help readers catch a fresh vision of the depths of the message they strive to proclaim and foster a renewed sense of the grandeur of the Christian life they invite people to enjoy.”
—Mark Hopson, Regional Director, The California School Project
“The Deep Things of God is at once profound and immediate. God's Triune majesty is brought down to our daily prayers and life as believers. Anyone who wants to know their great God better will be blessed by meditating on the scriptural and practical truth in this book. Any Christian leader who wants to ground his local congregation in the life of the Three-in-One God will find both biblical depth and devotional insight to help him. In The Deep Things of God Fred Sanders makes clear what we tacitly know, that 'the gospel is trinitarian and the Trinity is the gospel.' This book shows the same wisdom Fred has shown in ministering in our church. The Deep Things of God shows that the faith which we held so delicately at our baptism is an expression of our personal relationship with Father, Son and Spirit. We live out The Deep Things of God every time we pray to the Father by the Son and through the Spirit. It is my prayer that the whole church will embrace The Deep Things of God and celebrate our relationship to the Trinity in the life of the church.”
—Scott Carpenter, Elder, Grace Fellowship Church, Costa Mesa, CA
“There simply aren't enough superlatives to describe how important and timely this book is. Sanders demonstrates how the Trinity is at the heart of the Gospel and the foundation of the Christian life, and makes his case by bringing forward distinctly evangelical voices. But this is no book of abstract theology: Sanders' work is lively, engaging, and accessible. He brings the Trinity out of the cloistered walls of academia and into the living room, explaining in terms anyone can understand that we are immersed in the reality of the Triune God. There is no better guide I know of to explore the deep things of God than this book, and it deserves a wide and serious hearing by pastors, theologians, and laymen alike.”
—Matthew Lee Anderson, author, Body Matters: Overcoming the New Gnosticism of Young Evangelicals; blogger, MereOrthodoxy.com
“Deep Things of God is a fascinating exploration of the trinitarian heartbeat of the gospel which underlies the rich (though often ignored) practices of evangelicalism. Fred Sanders wears his considerable learning lightly; this is a book I'm going to buy for my parents and recommend to my fellow doctoral students.”
—Ben Rhodes, PhD candidate in Systematic Theology, Kings College, University of Aberdeen
About the Author
FRED SANDERS is associate professor of theology at Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute. A popular blogger and speaker, Sanders has authored numerous journal articles and written or contributed to several books, including The Image of the Immanent Trinity. He blogs at www.scriptoriumdaily.com.
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That's a bit like what diving in to the doctrine of the Trinity can be like for many Christians. They know it's there. They've heard about it. However, something in them just can't muster the courage to really go after it, even though it would provide an increasing depth to their understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of all that God has done for us in the gospel of Christ.
Fred Sanders, associate professor of theology at Biola University's Torrey Honors Institute, in his recent book, The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything, aims to help Christians learn to "embrace the doctrine of the Trinity wholeheartedly and without reserve, as a central concern of Evangelical Christianity". "Why?", you may ask. Sanders says, that we must embrace a robust Trinitarianism because, "the doctrine of the Trinity inherently belongs to the gospel itself".Read more ›
So it gets easier for us to start thinking that maybe it doesn't matter. The seeming paradox of God being one, yet three is a huge stumbling block to many people looking at the Christian faith... and maybe it wouldn't change anything if we just let it go.
Fred Sanders, associate professor of theology at Biola University's Torrey Honors Institute, disagrees.
"Deep down it is evangelical Christians who most clearly witness to the fact that the personal salvation we experience is reconciliation with God the Father, carried out through God the Son, in the power of God the Holy Spirit," he writes (p. 9).
But we've lost something as a movement; we've settled for a theological and spiritual shallowness, especially in regards to the Trinity. "Our beliefs and practices all presuppose the Trinity, but that presupposition has for too long been left unexpressed . . . and taken for granted rather than celebrated and taught" (p. 11).
That's why he wrote The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything. In this book, Sanders hopes to reawaken an understanding of, and desire to celebrate, the deeply Trinitarian nature of Christianity.
Because the Trinity is so overwhelming in it's otherness, it's tempting for us to avoid even attempting to speak to it. But as Sanders writes, "We . . . should not let ourselves be trapped into thinking that everything depends on our ability to articulate the mystery of the triune God" (p. 36).
The reality is we are tacitly (implicitly) Trinitarian in innumerable ways.Read more ›
It begins somewhat technical, but quickly gets to the heart of Christianity itself: The trinity inviting us into the dance that is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Sanders book accomplishes what so many other Christian books fail to accomplish: it takes the focus off me and puts the focus of the reader on the Triune God.
The book subtitle "How the Trinity Changes Everything" is a great description. The focus here is how the shape of the trinity is the shape of the gospel. Not only how the trinity affects salvation history but also the joy and relationship of the trinity before salvation history and how we see the trinity in relation to Scripture, prayer, and evangelism.
Sanders pulls a lot from great Christian authors throughout history including C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Thomas Manton, J.C. Ryle, R.A. Torrey, John Flavel and many others.
Theological. Scriptural. Applicable. This is not a book of Scriptural proofs of the Trinity. It is a book that takes a Big Picture view of the Trinity with the goal of our rejoicing in it; not just studying it.
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I gave up halvway in the book. Some chapters feels like explaining simple things you already know, just in a unnecessary long and complicated way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Christian Fjellestad
I enjoyed this book a great deal. It was assigned reading for a seminary theology class I took. I was already pretty familiar with the concept of the trinity, but this book along... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ye Shall Be As Gods
this book is so amazing, love how in depths and detail it goes in. love it! bought it for my church so that on our own time we may read it and learn more about the Holy Trinity!Published 3 months ago by Carolina caballero
A wonderful examination of the doctrine of the Trinity and how it effects all things.Published 3 months ago by Sam
It’s not like we are hurting for books on the Trinity. There was a time when the subject was covered rarely and, often, poorly. Today, though, we have a host of excellent options. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tim Challies
I just got it; have not had time yet to look at it! this request for review is too soon.Published 9 months ago by A devotee of Puritan Theology
This book is a collection of very uneven chapters. Some are really helpful and understandable, while others make you want to skip to the end. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Matthew W Dalton
Makes a great case for why we should be explicitly Trinitarian in our theology - rather than merely tacitly implicitPublished 11 months ago by Alexandru Popa