I'm half way through Mike Reeves new book "The Good God".
It is.... drum roll... sensational! It's life shaping for the reader, and I hope career shaping for Mike. Let's pray that Christ-centred trinitarian theology becomes more than a curiosity or a passing fad, but the very atmosphere of our lives, our theology, our ministry.
Below I'll list some favourite little quotes in my reading so far. But really I could have picked a hundred others. And I'm aware that piecemeal nuggets won't convey the real strength of the book. Essentially "The Good God" is a luxurious soak in the loving life of Father, Son and Spirit. It's mind-stretching, vision-lifting, paradigm shifting and all the things that a radical trinitarian theology should be. But the greatest strength of the book is simply this: Mike loves God. Hugely, tangibly, contagiously - he revels in the Spirit's knowledge of our generous Father in the face of Christ. And as you read, you cannot fail to love Him more yourself. I can't think of a better reason to read a book!
So pre-order your copy here!
"We must confess Father and Son before we can apprehend God as one and true" Hilary
"When you start with the Jesus of the Bible, it is a triune God that you get"
"For eternity the Father has been fruitful, potent, vitalizing."
"The God who loves to have an outgoing Image of himself in his Son loves to have many images of his love (who are themselves outgoing)."
"The triune God is an ecstatic God: he is not a God who hoards his life but one who gives it away, as he would show... at the cross."
"God's pleasure is in diffusing and communicating to the creature rather than in receiving from the creature" J. Edwards
"The world must learn that I love the Father" John 14 means that the world learns from the Son how to be a counterpart to the Father [my summary].
"Absolutely singular supreme beings do not like creation"
"The very nature of the triune God is to be effusive, ebullient and bountiful; the Father...finds his very self in pouring out his love"
"To be coherent and meaningful, maths requires the existence of ultimate plurality in unity."
"Through the cross we see a God who delights to give himself."
"To be the child of some rich king would be nice; but to be the beloved of the emporer of the universe is beyond words."
"Our God does not give us some thing that is other than himself, or merely tell us about himself; he actually gives us himself."