Trinitarian Language

Long before I knew much about the word Trinity, I regularly heard the classical Trinitarian formulation in worship on a weekly basis: Father, Son, and Spirit.  I didn't give much thought to this formulation until I was engaged in my theological studies.  In the years since, I have moved away from language that many associate with gender.  While I think variety is essential for both practical and theological reasons, I find myself using one formulation more often than others: Creator, Christ, and Read More …

Review of The Best of Will Willimon

Meet the Author Since 2004, William H. Willimon has served as  a Bishop in the United Methodist Church responsible for overseeing 57,000 members and 792 pastors in North Alabama.  Previously, he served for twenty years as Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University.  Willimon is the author of over sixty books including two best sellers: Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Thank God It’s Friday: Encountering the Seven Last Words from Read More …

The UCC, General Synod, and the Trinity

Earlier this month, Terry Mattingly wrote a misguided and poorly researched article, "Got News? Adios to God the Father?" suggesting that the United Church of Christ was about to move away from being a fully Trinitarian denomination.  This kind of journalism is not what one would expect from Mattingly who writes the nationally syndicated "On Religion" column for the Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C., and is director of the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Read More …