Adventures in ministry: A trinitarian perspective

Excerpts from the 8th Annual Christian Century Lecture
by William Willimon

I’ve asked mainline pastors, “Who is the most sinned-against person of the Holy Trinity?” They always answer, “The Holy Spirit.” Let’s confess: there is this sinful tendency in the church to want to contain and stabilize God. Church furniture tends to be heavier than it needs to be—large and bolted to the floor. Church buildings tend to be built more substantially than is necessary. Church scholars tend to characterize God as an ossified essence. Perhaps this attempt forever to stabilize and to secure the church comes from the church’s inchoate knowledge that it is the nature of this God’s word to cause oaks to whirl, to shake the foundations, to rip doors off hinges (Ps. 29; Acts 2).


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