Wycliffe College will be hosting their annual Preaching Day on Monday, February 26, 2018. Wycliffe always manages to put together an excellent program featuring keynote speakers that are among some of the most theologically insightful preachers and teachers of our day. This year’s conference looks to be no exception to the rule as Wycliffe welcomes Jason Byassee to speak on the theme of “Christ Meets Us in the Psalms.”
I’ve actually never heard Byassee preach, but I have been long been impressed by his writing ministry in which he has consistently displayed his ability to bring the riches of the Christian theological tradition to bear on contemporary church life in a compelling way that is winsome and accessible to Christians of all backgrounds and levels of education. He currently holds the the Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Hermeneutics at Vancouver School of Theology, after having previously served in a variety of interesting church, academic, and journalistic settings. I have recommended his little book, Trinity: The God We Don’t Know, to both students and congregations when teaching on the Trinity.
Here’s a quote from that book that I often share with my introductory theology students:
“What the Trinity does, properly speaking, is tell a story about the true God who saves in Christ. How can Jesus, who saves us, also be God, without there being two gods? We don’t know, but we know he has to be divine to save us. The true God is poured into our lives in the Holy Spirit, who is drawing all things into Christ’s redemption. How can that one also be God? Again we don’t know. We just know he has to be, to apply Christ’s saving benefits to such ones as us. It is a mystery beyond our fathoming. And it’s spectacularly good news.”1
You can learn more about the Wycliffe Preaching Day on the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/756570224543572/
- Jason Byassee, Trinity: The God We Don’t Know (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2015), 94. ↩