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The Trinity Steps on the Pitch

Trinity Sunday Jun 15, 2014 Christian Hawley Gen 1:1-2:4a 2Cor 13:11-13 Matt 28:16-20
So I’m going to try to convince us today that if we want to understand the Trinity better, we need to be watching the World Cup, the largest sporting event in the world that is going on right now in Brazil.
I want to begin by saying that too often when we talk about the Trinity we get bogged down in all the bad math. We spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out how to either extract three from one or cram three into one. And consequently the images we use to imagine the Trinity reflect our obsession with ones and threes. We have a triangle and a three-leafed clover and celtic knot and three bearded dudes sitting at a table (if you’re a Rublev icon fan). In all our obsession with numbers, we miss out on one of the most important revelations of Trinity which is that God, in God’s fullest expression, is a relationship.
The radical power of the Trinity asks us to set aside our concept…