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Something Even Better Than The Good News (via Fred Sanders)

It’s a privilege and a blessing to worship with God’s people and celebrate the good news of the Gospel week by week.
But there’s something even better than the good news for us as we gather.
It’s God himself.

From Fred Sanders:

There is something even better than the good news, and that something is God. The good news of the gospel is that God has opened up the dynamics of his triune life and given us a share in that fellowship. But all of that good news only makes sense against the background of something even better than the good news: the goodness that is the perfection of God himself. The doctrine of the Trinity is first and foremost a teaching about who God is, and God the Trinity would have been God the Trinity whether he had revealed himself to us or not, whether he had redeemed us or not, whether he had created us or not.

Read the whole post here.

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Seeing The Father In Cross (via Noel Due and Daniel Bush)

The unity of the Godhead means that any depiction of the Cross that paints Jesus as the one who protects us from the Father profoundly misrepresents the character of God.
From Noel Due and Daniel Bush:

The cross is the point at which God exposed our delusions – our wanting to be judge – and announces his judgment on such sin. At the same time, he simultaneously took that same judgement upon himself in Christ. In other words, Jesus doesn’t block the Father’s wrath due to us, but bears it for us in order to bring the Father’s love. In this specific sense the cross isn’t only Christ’s, it’s also the Father’s. It’s the event in which his heart for us is most thoroughly seen: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son. … For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3: 16,17). Jesus never sought to appease a distant and angry Father.

Embracing God As Father, Daniel Bush & Noel Due, Lexham Press, 2015, pg. 64

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The Magnificent Three – New EP From Zac Hicks & Coral Ridge Worship

This is proving to be a crazy week for new music.
The Magnificent Three is from Zac Hicks and Coral Ridge Music.
It’s a collection of songs focussed on the Trinity.

The background:

a2893410175_2The Magnificent Three is a small collection of songs whose themes all explore different facets of what it looks like to sing to and about the Trinity. It was inspired by an article written a few years ago by scholar Lester Ruth, entitled, “How Great is Our God: The Trinity in Contemporary Christian Worship Music.” In it was a challenging word that our worship songs may be losing touch with one of the core aspects of our faith—God’s three-in-oneness. The Magnificent Three explores Trinitarianism from the liturgical perspectives of Call to Worship (“Father How Great Your Delight in the Son”), Confession (“Father, Only in Your Power”), Salvation/Assurance (“We Look to You,” “Before the Father”), and the Lord’s Supper (“Open Our Eyes”).
Textually, the songs are the collaboration of songwriters Zac Hicks, Julie Anne Vargas, and Cardiphonia’s Bruce Benedict. Musically, The Magnificent Three is a diverse studio record—from electronic dance-pop, to bluesy 90s rock, with some 80s and gospel influences here and there.

Have a listen.