Tuesday, November 23, 2010
All you need for Christmas is the Trinity
Well, that's the title of a sermon I preached a few years back.
But this post is not about a sermon, it is about two day conferences for ministers happening next year hosted by the Evangelical Movement of Wales.
We don't have a title as of yet but here are the essential details so far:
The day conferences will be on the Trinity with three sessions on the Father, the Son and the Spirit (yes, in that order) and the implications and applications of the Tri-unity of God for worship, prayer and pastoral ministry. Each session will be 45 minutes long followed by around 15 minutes for questions.
Our speaker is Prof. Douglas F. Kelly (Richard John Professor of Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary). Doug Kelly is the author of several books including Systematic Theology Vol. 1: The God Who is, The Holy Trinity (Mentor: Christian Focus, 2009)
Concerning the doctrine of the Trinity Augustine wrote that "In no other subject is error more dangerous, or inquiry more laborious, or the discovery of truth more profitable" (De Trinitate 1.3.5). Directly or indirectly every Christian belief is rooted in and connected to the doctrine of the Trinity. It is the most important doctrine of the Christian faith.
With apologies to Martin Luther, of the doctrine of the Trinity it should be said that "we cannot know it too well, preach it too often, and we need to beat it into our heads continually."
What could be better for ministers of the gospel than spending the day contemplating and adoring the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are the same in substance and equal in power and glory?
The dates for your diary are:
Monday 28th February 2011 in Bala (for those in North and Mid Wales, Liverpool, Manchester, Shrewsbury, the West Midlands etc.)
Tuesday 1st March 2011 in Bridgend (for those in South Wales, Bristol, Worcester and the South West)
But if you want to come from further afield we won't stop you.
There will be a charge for the days. Drinks will be provided, you can bring your own lunch or buy locally (or order at the conference centre if you are coming to the day in North Wales).