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The Theology In the Liturgy, by Dr. Simon Chan, p.1--
Chan writes, "Worship is essentially the response to the revelation of the triune God; it cannot be constructed arbitrarily, but must be shaped by the giveness of revelation." Chan discusses how Trinitarian theology is reflected in the liturgy and how liturgy helps us understand the triune God.    Sep/Oct 2008 Theology Matters p. 1

What's So Important About the Trinity by Dennis Okholm, p. 1 -- Okholm teaches about the doctrine of the Trinity: experiencing God as three persons; from worship to doctrine; on to the Nicene Creed; life in the Trinity.  May/Jun 2007 Theology Matters p. 1

The Gift: A Love Story, a sermon by Gerrit Scott Dawson, p. 5 -- Dawson looks at John 16: 25-17:8 which reveals that the love of the Triune God causes the Father to send the Son to enter the world.  "Our story is about what happened when that love between Father and Son started to get played out on the field that is the world."  MayJun 2007 Theology Matters p. 5

The Gift: The Enemy of the Church, a sermon by Gerrit Scott Dawson, p. 8--  Dawson looks at John 17:8-19. "We are the love-gift between Father and Son, those elected to be taken up into a relationship with him." But as the world hated the Son, they will hate his disciples.  "This is the world that is in conflict with the church.  And the church must accept this conflict."  May/June 2007 Theology Matters p. 8

The Gift: The Mission of the Church, a sermon by Gerrit Scott Dawson, p. 11 -- Dawson looks at John 17:18, John 15:12-17. "The mission of the church is to obey the Son and to teach others to be his disciples."  May/Jun 2007 Theology Matters p. 11

Prayer in the Triune Life, a sermon by Gerrit Scott Dawson, p. 13 --  Dawson explains what it means to pray to the Triune God. May/Jun 2007 Theology Matters p. 13

A Name is Not a Metaphor: A Response to "The Trinity: God's Love Overflowing" by Andrew Purves and Charles Partee
Purves and Partee critique the paper on the Trinity being submitted to the 2006 General Assembly for action that suggested calling God, among other names, the "ark, rainbow and dove".  While the article is referencing the paper, the errors in the paper are common errors in the Church today.  The critique applies to more than just this one paper. Does God's name flow from our experience or does he reveal his name and therefore his nature.  Mar/Apr 2006 Theology Matters p. 1  

Missing the Depths: A Critique of "The Trinity: God's Love Overflowing" by Gerrit Dawson
Dawson also critiques the paper on the Trinity being submitted to the 2006 GA.  The critique of the Trinity paper exposes common errors in theology that those who advocate female language for God make. Do we name God based on our experience of God or does he reveal his name and nature to us?  Mar/Apr 2006 Theology Matters p. 5

"The Trinity: God's Love Overflowing" A Critique by Viola Larson
Larson too critiques the Trinity paper going to the 2006 GA.  Do we name God based on our experience of God or does he reveal his name and nature to us?  Mar/Apr 2006 Theology Matters p. 13

Orphaned Children Sing Lonely Songs: Why We're Losing the Person of the Father by Gerrit Dawson
Dawson describe the impact of inclusive God language on the faith of the church. He looks at: the Pastoral Impulse to Remove The Father; Radical Feminism, the Father and Abortion, the Father and Homosexuality.  Then Dawson explains how we can recover our understanding of the Father: the Biblical Record and the Patristic Witness.   Dawson writes, "We must never let the Father be taken away from his children.  At the worst, then, participating in the diminishment of the Father is to join those who rage out of woundedness that has hardened into rebellion.  It is to prefer our ideas to what has been revealed.  It is to choose our way of coping over against God's way of healing."   Mar/Apr 2003 Theology Matters  p. 1

Recovering the Ascension for the Transformation of the Church by Gerrit Scott Dawson, PCUSA pastor and author of numerous books. Dawson writes, "the ascension is an absolutely crucial part of the gospel story to recover.  Through the ascension we discover that the incarnation continues.  Jesus remains united to our human nature.  Thus he cannot be spiritualized into a principle of life, or collapsed into one manifestation of a God who is known many ways.  Moreover, the presence of our brother Jesus in heaven dramatically affects how we see our lives and place in the world today."  Mar/Apr 2001 Theology Matters p. 1

Jesus Christ: Lord in History by Dr. Andrew Purves, Hugh Thomson Kerr Professor of pastoral Theology, Pittsburgh Theological seminary, Pittsburgh, PA.   Purves writes, "the major task of theology is in each generation to come to terms with the stubborn insistence on the part of the New testament and the church throughout history that the Word of God became flesh in Jesus of Nazareth, entering into the frail and finite conditions of creaturliness for us and for our salvation, without ceasing to be what he ever was, is, and always will be: Lord of all."  Mar/Apr 2001 Theology Matters p. 9