5. Are there some
specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after
reading your book?
For the evangelicals who read the book, I want them to see how
enriching it is to engage the great tradition of Christian theology, especially
the classic writers and councils as serious dialogue partners. For readers who don’t identify as
evangelicals, I hope they see what evangelicals can bring to the table from
their own resources: our traditional emphasis on personal encounter with Jesus,
the long story arc from pre-existence through discipleship to eschatology.
6. Do you have a
favorite part of the book or a favorite chapter?
Well, I enjoyed writing my introduction after reading all the chapters
by the other authors, but that’s really just a way of saying that I like the
way the chapters all go together.
7. What makes your book
different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?
The way it’s focused on a single idea but approaches it from the
various disciplines: biblical, historical, philosophical, practical, and
systematic. Each author is a good model
of how to do responsible work in his discipline.
8. How does the book
intertwine with God¹s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
My job is to increase the odds on the doctrine of the Trinity
among evangelicals. I am always on the
lookout for ways to point out to my fellow evangelicals that the doctrine of
the Trinity is lurking in the background of all their most cherished beliefs
and practices. If I can show that the
doctrine of the Trinity is crucial equipment for understanding Jesus and his
work, I know that evangelicals will sit up and pay attention to a doctrine they
have not always given enough attention to.