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Bad Analogies for the Trinity

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. That means lots of pastors will talking about the Trinity. I certainly will be. So Let's talk about how we talk about the Trinity. One approach is to use analogies. The difficulty arises when he have to decide which analogies are good analogies and which are bad. Check out the brand new video below, in which I discuss what constitutes a good trinitarian analogy (or illustration). I then describe three common but deeply problematic illustrations of the Trinity before finishing up with one (really!) good illustration of the Trinity. In truth, it's my favorite go-to analogy.

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Dr. Matt O’Reilly is Lead Pastor of Hope Hull United Methodist Church near Montgomery, Alabama, Director of Research at Wesley Biblical Seminary, and a fellow of the Center for Pastor Theologians. He is the author of Paul and the Resurrected Body: Social Identity and Ethical Practice, The Letters to the Thessalonians, and Bless the Nations: A Devotional for Short-Term Missions. Connect at

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