by Jason Byassee
Abingdon Press, Nashville, Tenn. 128 pages
Jason Byassee has a sharp mind. He also has a keen sense of humor. Both gifts are deployed in this exceptional book exploring the Trinity. It’s a brief book in the recently launched “Belief Matters” series edited by Will Willimon. The purpose of the series is to “share the riches of Christian believing with our fellow believers, to infect the faithful with some of the excitement and adventure of thinking like Christians.”
If, as some argue, we are living through another worldwide reformation of the church, then surely that means fresh thinking about ancient doctrines. This is always a central feature of deep reformation. Byassee is qualified to lead us in fresh thinking about the Trinity. A former pastor of a vital congregation, he is now professor of homiletics and biblical hermeneutics at Vancouver School of Theology. In 100 pages, he dives deeply into the nature of God with accessible language drawing upon images and analogies that make clear what for many is hopelessly obscure. “To say that God is a triune communion of love, one of whom has plunged into our flesh, of whom is poured out on our life that most we ask or even before we ask – that’s big, interesting, confusing, worth pondering. The Trinity is the God we don’t know. And we should change that.”
Read this book. Give it to those who think the Trinity is irrelevant or obscure. They will never think that again.