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Think Trinity. Sing Trinity.

Olly Knight is a worship leader from City Church Canterbury, part of the Newfrontiers family of churches, and a former UCCF colleague of mine. He has written these two new songs about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
iTunes Download: Fountain of Goodness by Mike Reeves & Olly KnightiTunes Download: The Father's Love by Olly Knight Lyrics/chords The Father's Love / Fountain of Goodness

Andrew Wilson writes for Think Theology that Mike Reeves book The Good God is the best Christian book he's ever read.
And I've written a post there this week too: Avoiding Trinity

#8 The Son is good news (Luke 24)

The King has died. Luke shows us what happens next. Jesus predicted his death and his resurrection and here will show us how necessary that was. Then Jesus will depart – so what will happen to his kingdom until the King comes back? How will the Kingdom grow. Luke gathers up the evidence of Jesus’ resurrection appearances to show us.

WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?
Luke began by telling us he would record what had been fulfilled. Jesus tells his friends on the road that the Old Testament said that he had to suffer and then enter his glory (26), and that he had to suffer and rise on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins would be preached in his name to all nations starting at Jerusalem. This is the message of the Old Testament. There are things fulfilled.. There are necessary events in history. This is not meaningless. The good news of Jesus is the plan and the story.

If we miss this we’ve missed the message. Which is exactly what Jesus’ friends seem to have done, until he cause…

#7 The Son dies (Luke 23:25-49)

The whole story of Jesus has been about the coming of the perfect son who would bring forgiveness to his new human race, but how can he bring forgiveness to people who are deserving of death? Here at last as we see Luke’s account of the cross we’ll find our answers.

WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?
Jesus’ death is the focus of all four gospel accounts. Jesus has been walking towards his death since Luke 9 when he set his face to Jerusalem. And the Old Testament has spoken that this must happen. Luke tells the account of the cross broadly in the same way as the other two Synoptic Gospels, Matthew and Mark do. But there are differences which highlight particularly what he wants to emphasise about Jesus. These three gospels are called The Synoptics and have strong similarities – whereas John’s account is substantially different. All the events recorded at the cross happened, but each writer selects their material to show us a particular aspects of what the cross means.

"Why did Jesus die?&quo…