by Ian Mobsby
What the Trinitarian nature of God has to do with Church and a deep Spirituality for the Twenty First Century
It is difficult for me to say whether or not you would like this book. It is dressed in the language of postmodern, emerging church, contextual theology. However, beneath that language lies a prophetic message of God’s desire for the church today. It was this message that engaged my imagination while reading this book.
The prominent underlying message of the book is trusting that the Spirit is beckoning the church toward a more accurate reflection of trinitarian relationship, regardless of the fact that this expression of church may be outside the realm of religious tradition and established models of church.
This understanding of the trinity, especially of the role of the Spirit, has been deficient in the church. The Spirit guides us toward more fully representing the triune nature of God. The church is challenged to model the indwelling, perichoretic nature of the trinity – unity, love, interdependence, creativity, intimacy, devotion – as communities of profound inclusion, love, and service.
You will enjoy this book if you are interested in reading about how emerging expressions of church make God accessible to people who are interested in spirituality but not religion. Alt worship, contemplative prayer, and new monasticism are providing authentic spirituality that is able to connect with the spiritual hunger of our culture and provide genuine encounters with God.
If we believe that God’s love is already and always at work in the world seeking to restore all things to fullness of relationship, we can trust that the Spirit is at work bringing people to spiritual experiences, revealing the nature of God to those who are not yet Christian.
You will also appreciate this book if you are inspired by a robust pneumatology that more fully reflects the perichoretic nature of the trinity and the dynamic activity of the Spirit. It is through the Holy Spirit that we encounter and experience God, that we are enabled and empowered to become the church, and to re-imagine what it means to be the people of God in our culture today.