Saturday, June 26, 2010

Stacy and Eric

One of the highlights of this past month was the opportunity to spend some time with old friends Stacy and Eric, who were back in town for their long-awaited wedding! Stacy and I were college roomies back in the day at USC; she was actually the first person I met after moving in to Marks Hall freshman year (don't ask her about the story, she apparently has no memory of it!). We headed to downtown Sacramento for an engagement photo shoot. I don't think we could have had more fun, and I was thrilled with how their pictures turned out. Aren't they cute together?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Trinity on Display

I shared this with a couple of 8th-graders today, and I think it's interesting enough to share here as well.

We were talking about the Trinity, and how the term never actually appears in the Scriptures, though the concept is clearly taught. In fact, there's one particular scene in the Bible in which the "Three-Personed" nature of God is undeniably on display: the baptism of Jesus.

Here's how it's presented in Luke 3:21-22.
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
In this one scene, we see all three Divine Persons. God the Son is the One being baptized, God the Holy Spirit descends in a visible manifestation that resembles a dove, and God the Father speaks audibly from heaven. This is a simple, clear, and quite beautiful depiction of the three distinct Persons in our "Three-in-One" God.

So keep that one in your back pocket, just in case you need to blow someone's mind.