A moment's reflection reminds us that the Trinity is, at least implicitly, everywhere in Christian worship. We normally begin our Christian pilgrimage with baptism in the triune Name. If we are married in the church, the Name of Father, Son, and Spirit is invoked. The 'Gloria Patri' honours Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; the 'Doxology' praises them. We may not sing 'Holy, Holy, Holy', often called the finest of the trinitarian hymns, every Sunday; but much traditional hymnody refers in successive verses to the Persons of the Trinity. And the most common benedictions are trinitarian in form: even that from Numbers 6: 24-6 adumbrates the Trinity by the threefold repetition of 'lord'. References to God in prayers and preaching, too, shift readily (if sometimes imprecisely, to the finicky ear) among the Persons. Rarely indeed, however, will one hear explicit reference to the Trinity. In fact, when Steve Davis and I consulted about my writing on the topic of sermons on the Trinity, we both suspected that the only sermon either of us had ever heard on the Trinity was preached by him-or herself. We thought this might have potential for being a very short paper!
In one sense, of course, this alleged deficit is scarcely surprising; since, as critics of every form of abstraction never cease reminding us, the term 'Trinity' is not found in the Bible, so a 'biblical' preacher cannot be condemned for failing to use it. Some would go further and argue vociferously that we ought to emulate Scripture's concreteness and modesty and not clutter our minds and speech—and certainly not our sermons—with ancient Greek philosophical speculation. Surely (and with this point I agree),