Review: Malcolm Yarnell’s God the Trinity

Disclaimer: B&H Academic provided me with a free copy of this resource in exchange for a review. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor of systematic theology Malcolm Yarnell offers readers an in-depth overview concerning the doctrine of the Trinity in his resource, God the Trinity. Eight chapters each comprise biblical portraits of the Trinity throughout Scripture. Using a combination of Old Testament and New Testament passages including the Great Commission passage in Matthew 28:19, the Shema passage of Deuteronomy 6:4-7, as well as especially touching on various Trinitarian passages throughout the Gospel of John, Dr. Yarnell beautifully offers an in-depth exegesis of biblical texts throughout Scripture, illustrating to readers that the doctrine of the Trinity is indeed biblical, essential, and foundational for the Christian faith, salvation, and the true worship of God. After a brief prologue, Dr. Yarnell introduces readers to the Trinity through the identity and name of God as Trinity in Matthew 28:19, moving on to include exegesis on worshipping God, God the Trinity as the only God, and a further examination and deeper understanding of the essence of the Trinity. Dr. Yarnell proceeds with examining the economics of the Trinity, specifically how the triune God is at work in creation, finishing up with the God who is coming […]


A Prayer Based on Exodus 20:4-6

““You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” (Exodus 20:4–6, NASB95) Heavenly Father, you are truly glorious. There is no god like you; and there is no creature like you. As we look around this world we see many creatures, many things which captivate our hearts because of their beauty; but you are above all things. Even we who are made in your image are poor reflections of your glory. You are Jealous for your glory so that it will not be lied about, and just in asking that we respond to you, and not to a god of our own making. You are loving and merciful to generation after generation of those who love you. We turn our hearts this morning to your love, and cry out that you will visit your love on those […]


A Prayer Based on Exodus 20:1-3

“Then God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:1–3, NASB95) You have shown us Lord, that you are the Eternal, all powerful God of salvation. You took Israel from Egyptian slavery even as you take us out of slavery to our own sinful nature. You delivered Israel through the sea, and deliver us through the waters of baptism. You guided Israel to the mountain and gave them the tabernacle, and you have given your Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us and guide us. There is no one like you, and none who can stand beside you. You are God alone and we worship you for who you are. We worship you Lord our God for delivering us from sin and death – taking us out of the kingdom of darkness and releasing us into the kingdom of your dear Son. We confess that we need you. We love you with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Lord we first lift up our own lives. We struggle with weakness and sin, and ask for your cleansing forgiveness. Where we […]