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Dr Tim Chester is involved in The Crowded House, a church planting initiative in Sheffield. He is married to Helen and has two daughters.

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The Trinity is a subject which most Christians have little understanding of and yet it is at the heart of our faith. I have found getting good material on the Trinity has been very difficult, especially material which is accessible and not academic. So Delighting in the Trinity by Tim Chester is a great find.

Chester sets out the Biblical case for the Trinity in a clear and easy to understand way. He then goes on to look at the historical developments of our understanding of the Trinity including the division between Eastern and Western churches over how to understand the Trinity. He also explains how the two traditions were brought together in the Protestant Reformation. If this sounds like it would be dry and boring then don't worry because Tim Chester has written it in an engaging manner and doesn't get bogged down in too much detail. The chapters are short and very accessible. Of course this means that you wouldn't write a dissertation based on Delighting in the Trinity but at no point did I feel like he had skimped either (although I'm not in a position to know if he did as I'm not a history expert). This is a book definitely for the majority of the church to read and not just theology students.

Chester finishes with the practical implications of the Trinity. What does it mean for revelation, salvation, humanity, and mission. I found this very useful and I couldn't help but feel that a lot of the misconceptions or issues in the church today would be helped by us having a better understanding of our God.

This is a book I would add to the church library and would lend/give to other people. The only comparable resources I have found so far are three talks on the Trinity by UCCF's Mike Reeves on Theology Network.
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I delighted in reading Tim Chester insight to the trinity.
This was well laid out and understandable to take in.
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A lovely book. Full of deep and insightful truths from Scripture. Well-written and well researched. A 'Thesis with a big heart' that certainly holds it own when proving the existence and sheer beauty of the Trinity.
An invitation for an exciting adventure into God as He really Is and what Good News that is for us all!
Well done Tim Chester and i suspect your book may have been the original to that other book out there that everyone is raving on about - which i have also read and found to be no comparison to the authenticity of your work.

No, i am not a relative or even a friend of Mr. Chester but i can spot a stolen idea when i see one! It's just my opinion but i can't help being a little suspicious.
It's such a shame to me that in this world, the real champion never seems to get the recognition for his hard work and another sweeps in and claims the prize.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction 7 Sept. 2012
By Kevin M. Fiske - Published on Amazon.com
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I've found one of the biggest challenges in communicating the truth of the Christian faith to others, especially unbelievers, is adequately and clearly explaining the triune nature of God. It certainly does spark some excellent questions and makes for great conversation, but it can be quite difficult to simply explain such a paradoxical doctrine.

One note of encouragement, in this regard, is the growing number of resources available on the doctrine of the Trinity and the implications of this doctrine in the life of the Christian and the church. Dr. Tim Chester (PhD - University of Wales), pastor of The Crowded House in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, and director of the Porterbrook Seminary, has added a notable resource to the mix in his book, Delighting in the Trinity: Why Father, Son and Spirit are Good News (Good Book Company, 2010). If you're at all familiar with Chester's work, you'll know that his gift of writing is a welcomed mix of clarity, depth, and intense practicality. It is no different in this volume.

Divided into 3 parts, Chester looks at the doctrine of the Trinity by beginning with the doctrine's biblical foundation. Chester provides a good overview of the Scriptural basis for the doctrine, incorporating both Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and New Testament texts, also noting their interrelation, to assist the reader in drawing the doctrine from the pages of God's Word.

Part 2 is focused on the development of the doctrine from the 2nd through the 20th centuries AD. By providing this historical context and overview, Chester serves his readers well in understanding the historical nature of the Christian faith and the lives of those who have wrestled with the doctrine in days past. Gaining familiarity in this area also allows the reader to be aware of heretical and heterodoxical understandings of the doctrine so as to more fully understand and defend the orthodox position on the doctrine.

Part 3 gives the reader ample material to answer the "so what?" question in terms of the doctrine of the Trinity. Chester focuses on 4 primary areas of practicality: The Trinity and revelation, salvation, humanity, and mission. In so doing, Chester not only provides the reader with ample evidence as to the essential nature of this doctrine in Christian faith and practice, but also provides a model to other pastors as to how they may begin to practically incorporate doctrinal essentials in immensely practical ways within their preaching/teaching ministry.

In sum, Delighting in the Trinity is vintage Chester: clear, accessible, practical, and pastoral. As always, Chester demonstrates his deep desire to communicate the good news of the gospel, and here with a specific focus on the Trinitarian nature of the gospel and the whole of the Christian life. You will be encouraged and edified as the colors of the Christian life shine with increasing brilliance as you grow in your understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. I recommend it!

*As a part of the Delighting in the Trinity Blog Tour, the publisher, at no charge, for the purpose of review, provided a copy of this eBook. I was under no obligation to write a favorable review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Trinity Matters 6 Sept. 2012
By Sarah Patterson White - Published on Amazon.com
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Delighting in the Trinity is Tim Chester's attempt to answer the question, "How is the doctrine of the Trinity good news?" The book emerged from Chester's conversations about the Christian faith with two Muslim friends. Their questions prompted him to consider how, rather than being a source of panic and embarrassment, queries about this doctrine should instead provide "a lovely opportunity to share the heart of our faith" (9). I appreciated this missional framing for the book.

This book is divided into three parts: "Biblical Foundations," "Historical Developments," and "Practical Implications." Part One outlines the scriptural basis for Trinitarian belief, paying closest attention to the events of Calvary. He convincingly shows that we must make sense of the Cross in light of the Trinity.

As a doctoral student, I was most interested in Part Two. Chester devotes considerable space to summarizing how the doctrine of the Trinity was articulated in light of the biblical material and the concerns of the early church, tracing developments in Trinitarian theology through the medieval and early modern periods to the present day. While advanced students will find these chapters unavoidably simplified at points, I appreciated that Chester devotes as much space as he does to historical theology. While many writers for laypeople might be tempted to minimize such details, Chester takes pains to show what was at stake for the church in earlier ages. The interested lay reader will find plenty of footnotes to encourage deeper reading of primary sources.

Emphasis on the "practicality" or relevance of doctrine always makes me a little nervous, but Part Three of Chester's book might better be titled "The Trinity: a matter of life and death" (137). The survey of various "theories" of the atonement is quite good; my biggest takeaway from this section is Chester's strong argument that substitutionary atonement is "the truly trinitarian view" because only in this view is the atonement "a transaction between God and God...an event within God" rather than something transacted between God and the devil ("dramatic" view) or between God and humanity ("exemplary") view.

The book closes as it began, with further pastoral, missional, and apologetic applications of Trinitarian doctrine. I noticed some points that could have benefited from further elaboration; for example, Chester appears to favor a Free Church ecclesiology (168) but doesn't spend much time defending his claim that this view accords with robust Trinitarianism. I also would have liked to see an even more frequent and explicit emphasis on union with Christ. For example, I would have enjoyed hearing more about worship as participation in the Trinitarian life (13).

On the whole, though, I very much appreciate Delighting in the Trinity and would certainly recommend it to any Christian who wants to better understand the roots and critical importance of this doctrine. I am thrilled that books like this one are being written, and I hope to see Chester (and others) continue the trend of accessible theological writing.

The publisher provided me with a review copy of this book, and I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Biblical, faithful, accessible. 3 Sept. 2012
By PastoralMusings - Published on Amazon.com
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Delighting In The Trinity, by Tim Chester, is a very good book. The title made me break my book reviewing moratorium, and it mostly lived up to what I expected.

That being said, first of all I shall look at the good. The good is that the book gives a very good, though relatively concise overview of the doctrine of the Trinity. Chester surveys the biblical doctrine of the Trinity as well as the history of the doctrine. In doing so, I believe that he has been faithful in every respect. He is true to the Scriptures, and he is true to history.

Another way in which he is faithful is that he is true to the reader. Chester does not write for the academy, but for the average Joe. The book is accessible to anyone, especially those with no theological education. Though that is so, Chester has written the book well. It is both scholarly and accessible.

The book covers the doctrine of the Scripture quite well in that it presents God not only as one, but as three. Chester explains that God is neither monistic, nor tritheistic. He explains that Trinitarian theology speaks of God as one God in three persons. I believe that this is true, and appreciate Chester's manner in explaining it.

I became very concerned later in the book as Chester began to speak about the atonement. My thought was that he had branched out too far, and would be getting in over his head. A few pages later, after seeing how he tied Trinitarian truth to the atonement, my reaction was one of pleasant amazement that he had tied it all together so easily and did such a good job of it.

The only thing that I can say that, to me, was a negative about the book is the fact that the title of the book presents us the idea that we are going to be directed to delight in the Trinity. I believe that the theme permeates the book, but I think that it should have stood out a bit more apparently than it does. Not only do we need our theology of God to be correct, but we need a correct doxology. A chapter about applying this to our lives in the matter of our thought life and our worship as matters of delighting in the LORD would have been very helpful. This small complaint of mine, however, cannot diminish the worth of this book to God's people.

All in all, this book remains worthy of four out of five stars. It is a book that I wish I would be able to convince all of the members of my flock to read.

This book was provided for review by the publisher, but there was no expectation of a positive review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Trinity is Good News! 5 Sept. 2012
By Matt Kresge - Published on Amazon.com
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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the Trinity? Complex, frustrating, confusing? Let's face it, most of us flinch when we try to make sense of the Trinity. I remember days sitting in my dorm room trying to grasp the idea of one God in three persons only to become confused or intimidated. Maybe you have had a similar feeling.

In his book, Delighting in the Trinity, Tim Chester begins by sharing his own personal experience with the doctrine of the Trinity. Chester and two of his friends who are Muslims began to meet weekly to read the Bible together. Chester was soon met with objections concerning the Trinity. After examining his response, Chester realized that the doctrine of the Trinity embarrassed him. He wanted to change the topic. Yet, deeper reflection led him to see that the Trinity is good news! There was no reason to be embarrassed. Thus, Tim Chester began to write Delighting in the Trinity. He wanted others to experience the same joy in God that He was experiencing.

The book is divided into three parts: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Practical Implications. The first section looks at the Triune God in Scripture. He helps us to understand the doctrine as portrayed in the Bible. The second section of the book looks at the historical development of the Trinity from the 2nd century AD until now. This is a short overview. Lastly, Chester looks at the practical implications of the Trinity. The book is well written, concise, and loaded with one-liners. Chester is a thoughtful and engaging writer.

A Few Things I Enjoyed

Chester has the ability to explain the complex in a simple engaging fashion. I remember when I first came to Christ, I wanted to understand the Trinity. Every book I picked up was either too technical or too lengthy. Delighting in the Trinity is finally a book that I would feel comfortable giving to one of my students, friends, or seekers since Chester does such a good job of sharing that the Trinity is good news.

Chester takes us into the deep joys of delighting in the Trinity. One of the greatest strengths of the book is its ability to take you into the presence of our Triune God. The gospel radiates on each page of the book as Chester explains the mystery of the Trinity. The more I was ushered into the presence of God, the more I found myself absolutely delighting in Him. One of my favorite moments of the book came as Chester unpacked the Trinity, the cross, and salvation.

This book is very practical. In fact, one-third of the book concerns the practical implications of the Trinity. It is at the heart of the Christian faith. We find our mission in the heart of a missional God. Chester points us to these truths among many others.

Overall, Delighting in the Trinity is a short but powerful book. I will not hesitate to recommend it or to give it out. I am confident that this book will deeply impact those who take the time to read it.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful read 29 Sept. 2015
By SLIMJIM - Published on Amazon.com
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According to the back cover this book aims to show how the Trinity is “fantastically good news.” The book is divided into three parts with part one looking at the Biblical foundation for the Trinity, part two focuses on the historical developments of the Trinity throughout church history and part three concentrate on the practical implications. The part of the book that I most enjoyed was part one in which the author Tim Chester presented the Biblical proof for the Trinity. The part of the book that I, and most likely most readers will learn the most from is the historical theology section. Here in part two of the book Chester divided the church’s historical development into three parts which is roughly divided between the second through fourth century AD, the fifth through sixteenth century AD and finally the 17th through 20th century AD. I found Chester informative. However I do question Chester’s point that the 17th-20th Century has been about putting the Trinity at the margins and then again at the center of theology. I think seeing the Church as a whole, the doctrine of the Trinity has been at the center for much of the early part of Church history as a whole (just look at all the church councils and creeds). Chester is right that in Western Europe there was a marginalization of the Trinity due to the Enlightenment which had a tendency towards rationalism and Unitarianism. But I don’t know if we can say the Trinity was marginalized by the rest of the Church or elsewhere in the world. The part of the book that I was most looking forward to was the practical implications. It seems that there have been a recent revival among Evangelicals to study the Trinity and draw out its implication for the Christian life and faith. I thought that Chester could have been more explicit at times in this section of the book. That is, he could have been more explicit about how the Trinity applies to the Christian life; there were times in the book in which I wondered where was the Trinitarian implication. Maybe this is more a stylistic issue; for instance I felt the discussion about the Trinity and salvation spent a long time talking about different views of the atonement which is good and I agree with penal substitutionary atonement but he could have done a better job tying the Trinity into the subject matter. I felt the same criticism applies to his chapter on the Trinity and revelation. His strongest chapter in this section was on the Trinity and humanity. There is an excellent discussion of the problem of one and the many and society pitting the battle between the individual and society and how when we look at the Trinity we see the perfect pattern that has implication for the unity of the church and other spheres of humanity. Very good, I was surprised that Chester didn’t footnote anything here from Van Til or Rushdoony! Do read this book but also read other works on the Trinity as well.
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