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New Credo Podcast: Do the Father, Son, and Spirit work inseparably? Simply Trinity (Part 5)

In  this episode of the Credo Podcast, Matthew Barrett fields questions from Samuel Bierig about his new book, Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son and Spirit (Baker).

They consider what it means for the Spirit to “proceed” eternally from the Father and Son. They also consider the biblical language used, from “gift” to “love,” to capture the Spirit’s procession.

Barrett then turns to one of the most important trinitarian doctrines: inseparable operations. Barrett warns against describing the unity of the Godhead merely as a cooperation and advocates instead for that ancient motto: the external operations of the Trinity are indivisible. After a discussion of “appropriations,” Barrett turns to John Owen to identify how we can have communion with Father, Son, and Spirit.


Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett is the editor-in-chief of Credo Magazine, director of the Center for Classical Theology, and host of the Credo podcast. He is professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the author of several books, including Simply Trinity, which won the Christianity Today Book of the Year Award in Theology/Ethics. His new book is called The Reformation as Renewal: Retrieving the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. He is currently writing a Systematic Theology with Baker Academic.

Samuel Bierig

Sam Bierig serves as Vice President of Undergraduate Studies, Dean of Spurgeon College, and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Spurgeon College. Sam completed his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he wrote his dissertation on hermeneutics and the interpretation of the book of Proverbs. He has written a devotional on Jonah, a book for pastors titled No Neutral Words, and a book for student pastors titled Fulfill Your Student Ministry.

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