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Illustrated Resources from 2017 to 2020

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  • Together We Are One

    by Jim Chern
    Of all places for me to think of the trinity this past week, something struck me while I was at the gym. Seriously. And not because in a moment of sheer desperation I was making the sign of the cross. I was on a treadmill, and this guy happened to get on a treadmill a row in front of me with his sweatshirt from a Police Academy. On the back it had the patches of all the different police departments that were represented in the class and among them were these words: Although we are many - together we are one.
  • The Mystery of the Trinity

    by Delmer Chilton
    In Soul on Ice, Eldridge Cleaver tells a story about his first encounter with Christianity. It went something like this: He was taking a community college religion class while serving time in Soledad Prison. He remembered being asked to come up with an explanation of the Trinity. He studied his textbook, and the Bible and, after considerable thinking on the subject, he had an idea – one he was frankly quite excited about. He thought he had come up with a way to explain the Trinity – something Christianity has been searching for. Then he got to class. The teacher, a local minister, asked if anyone could explain the Trinity. Several people raised their hands, Cleaver included...
  • Danger, Danger, Will Robinson

    by Linda McMillan
    Will Robinson was a character on the 1960’s hit TV show, “Lost In Space.” Will was the young son. The family’s robot often looked after him and would exclaim, “Danger, danger, Will Robinson.”
  • A Mother Quivering With Delight

    by Ron Rolheiser, OMI
    You don’t expect to see an icon of the Trinity on an airplane, at least not on a really small commuter plane at 6:30 in the morning when it is still dark outside and the temperature is near -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 degrees Celsius) and you are waiting on the airport runway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. But God is a God of the unexpected, and so these things happen. I had boarded a very tiny airplane on a particularly frigid morning, during an especially awful winter to fly to Calgary so I could board a bigger plane which would take me to Los Angeles where I was scheduled to speak at a conference that, to my good fortune, had the convention center at Disneyland as its venue.
  • Making the Mystery Work for You

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    The late Cardinal Cushing tells of an occasion when he was administering last rites to a man who had collapsed in a general store. Following his usual custom, he knelt by the man and asked, "Do you believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit?" The Cardinal said the man roused a little bit, opened an eye, looked at him and said, "Here I am, dying, and you ask me a riddle."
  • Start with the Three

    by Debie Thomas
    In The Divine Dance, a beautiful and transformative book on the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, Franciscan priest and theologian Richard Rohr argues that caring comes from starting in the right place: “Don’t start with the One and try to make it into Three,” he writes, “but start with the Three and see that this is the deepest nature of the One.”...

Illustrated General Resources on the Trinity from the Archives

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  • Trinity Joke

    by Gordon Bannon
  • Trinity Sermon Story

    by Gordon Bannon
  • Origin and Goal

    by Phil Bloom
    ("An American gets lost in Ireland. After driving around the Irish countryside, he finally encounters a native, 'Please,' he said, 'can you tell me how to get to Balbriggan?' 'Well,' says the Irishman, 'If you take the first road to the left...no that wouldn't do...drive about four miles and turn right...no that wouldn't do either.'...")
  • God's Reorienting Presence

    by Chris Blumhofer
    ("Ed's Story is the title of a new series of short films documenting the life of Ed Dobson. The films capture the story of a man with a terminal illness who is coming to grips with his faith, his identity and his lack of control. In his prime, Dobson was the senior minister of a thriving congregation in Grand Rapids. Just after he turned 50, however, Ed was diagnosed with ALS...")
  • The Mystery of the Trinity

    by David Bruce
    ("I have placed the Athanasian Creed here. It does an excellent job in explaining the Trinity. Because I make reference to the Trinity in my reviews I felt it necessary to include an entire page on the Trinity...")
  • Dancing with the Trinity

    by Kimberleigh Buchanan
    ("Talking about the Trinity is not easy, so I went to the other theologian in our house – no, not the cat. Our cat doesn’t study God; he thinks he is God. No, I asked my kind, thoughtful and very smart husband, Allen, how I might speak about the Trinity...")
  • Trinity Sunday (A)(2014)

    by Delmer Chilton
    ("A young American woman was an exchange student in Paris. One day she stopped by a small bookshop to buy a map of France. The shopkeeper was a small, elderly man. He went to the back of the store and came back carrying an armful of maps. With great ceremony the man announced, "Here is a map of Paris. And here is a map of Lyons. And here is a map of Marseille...")
  • Trinity Sunday (C)(2013)

    by Delmer Chilton
    "A young American woman was an exchange student in Paris. One day she stopped by a small bookshop to buy a map of France. The shopkeeper was a small, elderly man. He went to the back of the store and came back carrying an armful of maps. With great ceremony the man announced, "Here is a map of Paris. And here is a map of Lyons. And here is a map of Marseille..."
  • The Trinity: A Christian Dreaming

    by Garry Deverell
    ("The first of the dream-forms is that of Sophia, or divine Wisdom, a feminine figure who waits in the liminal places, the thresholds of crossing between divine and human realities: 'Does not Wisdom call, And does not understanding raise her voice?...")
  • God Is Community

    by Ernest Munachi Ezeogu, CSSP
    ("One day St. Augustine was walking along the sea shore and reflecting on this matter. Suddenly, he saw a little child all alone on the shore. The child made a whole in the sand, ran to the sea with a little cup, filled her cup with sea water, ran up and emptied the cup into the hole she had made in the sand. Back and forth she went to the sea, filled her cup and came and poured it into the hole...")
  • Trinity Sunday

    by Jerry Fuller, O.M.I.
    ("In one of his sermons, Professor Fred Craddock recalls his Sunday visit to a new church. He had casually asked at his motel where the nearest place for worship was, obeyed the directions, and arrived at a little storefront church nearby. He found the congregation warm and welcoming, a little shabby and worn by the vicissitudes of life..." and other illustrations)
  • Community and Relationship

    by Sil Galvan
    I was a 57-year-old real estate developer in 1984 when I was diagnosed with late-stage lymphoma, cancer of the lymphatic system. My doctor told me my chances of recovery were slim. I remember that I spent the days immediately following the diagnosis talking about suicide. I often burst into tears. I had given up and I was sure I was going to die soon. Although I had family and friends, I felt alone. I wouldn't let them be with me. They couldn't understand - they didn't have cancer. They weren't doomed to die. But Marsha, my wife, urged me to try The Wellness Community. Although I was depressed and could hardly walk, and was still sure I was going to die, I went. I met all kinds of people who were fighting for recovery who didn't seem nearly as depressed as I was.
  • Trinity Sunday

    by Joshua Genig
    " just recall Rublev's icon of the Trinity. If you know anything about icons, you might know that this is the only icon of the Trinity accepted by Holy Mother Church. It's Rublev's famous depiction of the Lord's visit with Abraham in Genesis 18, where the Trinity appeared in the form of three men. To the left is the Father, with eyes directed forward, watching over everything..."
  • Will Any God Do?

    by Vince Gerhardy
  • Trinity (C)(2013)

    by Steve Godfrey
    (Image for Worship by Masaccio)
  • A Trinitarian Trace?

    by Terrance Klein
    ("Fifty-eight-year old Luis recalled his grandfather, Ignacio, as being so domineering that he could command others with his eyes. "If we were doing something [wrong]…he talked to you with his eyes. With his eyes, he told you no. And with his eyes, he told you to go outside. His eyes would tell you to be quiet. And that's all we had to do was just look at him...")
  • Trinity Sunday

    by Paul Larsen
  • The Trinity

    by Peter Lockhart
    (includes several quotes)
  • The Trinity

    by David Martyn
    Today I put on God's strength to steer me, God's power to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye for my vision, God's ear for my hearing, God's word for my speech, God's hand to protect me, God's pathway before me, God's shield for my shelter, God's angels to guard me from ambush of devils, from vice's allurements, from traps of the flesh, from all who wish ill, whether distant or close, alone or in hosts. … Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me. Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I rise. Christ in the hearts of all who think of me, Christ in the mouths of all who speak to me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Today I put on a terrible strength, invoking the Trinity, confessing the Three, with faith in the One as I face my Maker.
  • The Trinity Explained

    by David Martyn
  • Does the Trinity Add Up?

    by Nathan Nettleton
    ("let's revisit the fourth century and check out the argument that led to the nailing down of the doctrine of the trinity. The principle characters were a couple of blokes called Athanasius and Arius. Now on the surface the debate was actually about whether or not Jesus was divine, that is whether or not Jesus was God, but as I have suggested the underlying question was what is God like...")
  • The Three in One

    by William Oldland
    ("One theologian, Jurgen Moltmann, has developed an interesting concept of the Trinity that follows the basic concept of our creeds. The basic concept is that they are three persons of one substance...)
  • Wrestling with the Trinity

    by Fran Ota
    ("Years ago, Abbot and Costello had a wonderful riff on the Trinity. "So, one Trinity Sunday at church this curious man who wanted to see me squirm, came up to me demanding a personal explanation of the Trinity, and this is what happened: I said, 'Now listen closely. There is one God.' He said: 'Okay, one God. What do you call this God?'...")
  • A Glowing Oven Full of Love

    by Joseph Pagano
    (includes several quotes about relationship)
  • Reflections of God

    by Billy D. Strayhorn
    ("Shortly after World War II came to a close, Europe began picking up the pieces. Much of the Old Country had been ravaged by war and was in ruins. One of the saddest sight of all was the little orphaned children starving in the streets of those war-torn cities. Early one chilly morning, an American soldier was making his way back to the barracks..." and other illustrations)
  • Skit for Trinity Sunday

    by Charles Woodward

Other General Resources on the Trinity (Year B)(2018)

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Other General Resources on the Trinity (Year A)

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Other General Resources on the Trinity (Year C)

Other General Resources on the Trinity from the Archives

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