A Couple of Reflections on Humility

November 3rd, 2017 by

From Sunday’s gospel, Matthew 23.11-12.

 

“The greatest among you will be your servant.  For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

 

*From Mother Teresa:

 

*From Brennan Manning:

“The deeper we grow in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the poorer we become – the more we realize that everything in life is a gift. The tenor of our lives becomes one of humble and joyful thanksgiving. Awareness of our poverty and ineptitude causes us to rejoice in the gift of being called out of darkness into wondrous light and translated into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son.”

The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat Up, and Burnt  Out

 

Who is someone you consider to be humble?

What is it about them that exhibits humility?

Are there times when you felt humbled?

 

Consider this incident:

During World War II, Winston Churchill was awarding the Victoria Cross to an Air Force sergeant who had climbed out onto the wing of his bomber with only a rope attached to his waist – while it was 13,000 feet in the air. His efforts saved both the plane and his fellow crew members.

At the ceremony, the soldier was so overwhelmed by Churchill’s presence that he could barely speak. Churchill observed this and said, “You must be very humble and awkward in my presence,” to which the sergeant replied, “Yes, sir.”

Then the Prime Minister responded, “Then you can imagine how humble and awkward I feel in yours.

Blessings to You All!

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Friday Epistle for October 20, 2017 – It’s not about the taxes

October 20th, 2017 by
Matthew 22:15-22
It is easy for us to reduce this Gospel passage entirely to the question of paying taxes, especially when we do not see this text in continuity with previous encounters between Jesus and the Pharisees. At the same time the teaching on taxes here deserves appreciation and careful interpretation.
Moving forward, the pursuit of a healthy distinction and appreciation between our Civic life and our Christian Faith that dissipates the culture of exploitation and antagonism between the two is a Christian mandate.
Blessings,

Father Gabriel

Friday Epistle – October 13, 2017

October 13th, 2017 by

Dear Members of New Covenant,

Frs. Dave McDaniel and Ken Dean (from Dallas) and I arrived in Delhi the evening of September 1. After an all too brief night’s sleep at the Campus Crusade Conference Center, we headed north to Rajashistan, near Pakistan, at 8 a.m. (Bishop William’s flight was delayed and wasn’t able to make this part of the trip with us.)

The plan had been to arrive for a late lunch and then to address about 1000 believers in an open field. That was changed because the week before 38 people had been killed in a riot in the area, and our leaders were worried about our safety.

The leader there is a man named Rajendar, whom we ordained a priest last year. He should be a bishop, as he oversees 95 churches and about 2,400 people. He’s the one who changed the plans, and he had something else in mind.

Instead of the big outdoor rally, we met in several different locations. We were greeted with leis and we worshiped. I would say a few words, as would the others on the team. Then we would pray for everyone there, usually about 100 people. Following that, we were fed. When we arrived at the fourth location, I told Ivan that I didn’t think I could eat another bite. “Fake it,” he said.

What a fantastic time! These people have so many needs, most are illiterate, and yet they are so focused on their Lord, that as Paul said, “all else is rubbish.”

A vignette: Thanks to your support, at one home we visited which had been devastated by the recent rains, I was able to give Rajendar 32,000 Rupees, about $500, to help restore the home. A young girl named Reena, pictured left, lived there, who had been trained by Ivan and Rajendar’s ministry to be a beautician. While there, praying in the devastation, and seeing her face, I felt a nudge from the Holy Spirit to do something. Thank you for your support!

We got back to the conference center at 4 a.m. Sunday morning, as the 200 or so attendees began to arrive from all over India. Many faces were familiar. (That is Rajendar to my right.)

The daily routine: The mornings began with worship and then teaching. I taught in the plenary sessions on the Holy Spirit every morning for about 90 minutes.

We broke for tea at 11, and then Fr. Dave met with the lay people, and Fr. Ken and Bishop William met with the ordained and to-be-ordained until lunch at one. Felicita met with about 50 women in the morning and afternoons.

In the afternoons, Ivan, Rajendar, Thomas (who also was ordained a priest last year), Bishop William and I interviewed the candidates to be ordained. Most are young, in their twenties and are risking a lot to be an ordained Christian.

The evenings were filled with praise, worship and testimonies — we videoed a number of testimonies.

At the closing Eucharist, Bishop William and I ordained 9 to the priesthood, and 8 to the deaconate.

It really is amazing what is happening there! Ivan looks for the people groups that no one else is looking for. He trains his leaders to tell Bible stories, and it is a very disciplined practice; you have to get it right. And people come to know the Lord through the power of the spoken word, like in New Testament times! And then they begin to pray for one another and someone gets healed and the word gets out and “churches” multiply. Some churches are rather small, 25 or so, others can be as big as a couple hundred.

Christianity is illegal in India. Some states have a “no conversion” law, which means it is illegal to convert someone to Christianity or Islam.

I am so thankful to be able to be part of this work of God, even in a small way, and your support has allowed me to share in this ministry! Be sure to catch Ivan and Felicita while they are still with us.

Many Heartfelt Thanks,

Friday Epistle – Ben

September 29th, 2017 by
“Ben”
– one learning, never to forget, from a long, hot, first summer in ministry —
 
It was June of 1972.  I was the curate at Christ Church in Stratford, CT – the oldest parish in the oldest diocese outside of the British Isles.  That was a mouthful to remember.  June, July and August could be scorchers and that year they lived up to their reputation.
I was a bachelor, living directly across the street from the church in an 1801 former tavern. No AC and not a square corner in the place, nor a closet to be found, which proved interesting when after we wed, Barbara moved in and pointed out this anomaly to me. My clothes were still sort of in and out of my suitcase.  After all, it was only a year and a month later that we married.
Three lessons sunk into my perspiring being that summer.  One so speaks to last week’s gospel, about the workers in the vineyard — you remember, they all work a different number of hours and all get paid the
same — that I dare to share it here.
First then, the gist of the parable, there seem to be two key points.
One is; God’s ways are different than our ways.  You have to find this parable at least a bit irritating, if not a lot, I do. Is this not just?  It’s like when you count your items and you have exactly 10 and so you get in theten or less aisle, and the person in front of you has way more than ten.  You want to cry, “foul,” hold up a red flag, and say, “What are you thinking?”  God, where are you?  Is there no justice?*
The other key point is that God keeps going back to the marketplace and bringing more workers into his vineyard.  Those two points from the gospel came alive to me on my first pastoral assignment that hot summer in ’72.
The Rector sent me to visit Ben.  He said that his wife had died not too long ago and Ben needed to go to a nursing home.  My assignment was to get him ready to move.
When I arrived at Ben’s house and walked inside, I recall it was dark.  All the blinds were pulled or closed, which helped with the heat I supposed.  And it had a smell that wasn’t appealing, and from what I could see the place looked like a mess – but then I was a bachelor living in a huge old tavern and had only enough furniture for one of the many rooms and with no closets, well, so, neatness wasn’t exactly a priority for me either.
Anyway, Ben wasn’t much for conversation, so we got to the point quickly as I recall, “I don’t want to go to a nursing home.”  He knew my mission, and he was clear and seemed to know his mind on this, and so I said, “I understand, and don’t see why you should.”  Knowing that would not report well to my rector, I thought, I needed to find a plan B.
But what he said next, and my response, I can only, and most definitely, attribute to the grace and presence of God.
He told me that his wife had been a churchgoer and Christian.  And that he was now sick and old, near death, and thought it was too late for him.  That’s when this parable came to my mind, clear as a bell, hitting both points spot on!
I shared the parable and then simply invited him to receive Jesus – telling him it didn’t matter that he was late, he would be paid the same, and that God himself had gone looking for him to bring him into the vineyard.  He embraced it with tears.  God did it!
Well, for the rest of that hot summer, Ben and I had RSC (Reserve Sacrament Communion, as I was still a deacon) together on Sunday afternoons in his now not so dark and dank house, till one day later that very summer his Abba came and took him home, to his new home that Jesus had prepared for him.
I suspect he heard something like what God must have said to Enoch, “Its closer to my house than yours, why don’t you come home with me today.” Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him.Gen. 5:24
Don’t you love it when God’s word, his stories, come to life before your very eyes?
Blessings to you all!

Friday Epistle for Sept 1 2017

September 1st, 2017 by
The Cross authenticates and Defines our Discipleship
After brilliantly identifying Jesus as the Messiah, and Son of God, Peter scores terribly poor by missing to correctly respond to another very important revelation from the Lord. He is severely rebuked and asked to get behind and obviously think well.
This incident must have questioned Peter’s understanding of Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God. It also revealed that Peter and the rest of the disciples fundamentally struggled to identify Jesus with Sacrifice, suffering and death of the cross. It was an incomplete or even distorted understanding of the messiah that did not want sacrifice, the cross and the love of one’s enemies on the picture. Are we better than Peter today with our today’s culture? What can we learn from Peter?
See you Sunday,
Father Gabriel

Thy Kingdom Come

July 28th, 2017 by

 In the “Lord’s Prayer” we ask for the “Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.”  In my study this week I found an interesting reflection on the 5 sets of parables in Matthew 13 and the petition for the coming of the Kingdom.

 

  1. What are we asking for in seeking His Kingdom to come?

      “The 5 sets of Kingdom parables have taught us at least this:

 

Your WORD come (the Sower, with understanding faith)

 

Your WAY come (the Wheat in the Weeds, with nonviolent love)

 

Your WORK come (the Seeds, with confident hope that Jesus’ “little” work will one day prove immense.)

 

Your WONDER come (the Gems, with the joy of grace and the abandon of obedience.)

 

Your WARNING come (the Net, with the seriousness of repentance.)

 

  1. To pray “Thy Kingdom Come,” then, is to pray that the gospel may be under-stood, lived out, hoped for, “bought up,” and taken seriously.”*

*Matthew, A Commentary – Volume 2: The Churchbook p.56, by Frederick Dale Bruner

 

In Matthew 6.33, Jesus said that the Kingdom of God should be our number one priority.  We are to seek it first above all else and then everything else will be added.  Right after I came to the Lord I discovered this verse.  And since I had done work in ‘values clarification’ this jumped out at me as Jesus’ number one priority for him and for us, and I began exploring the whole theme of the Kingdom of God.  I am excited to share some of my explorations this Sunday.

 

Blessings to you all!

Carl

Friday Epistle for July 14, 2017 – Confirmation

July 14th, 2017 by

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CONFIRMATION?

 

Q WHEN DID IT FIRST BEGIN?

n  With the Apostles

n  With Constantine

n  With the Reformation

Q WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF THE RITE?

n  Adult dedication

n  Sealing of the Holy Spirit

n  A personal statement about baptism

Q WHY DO WE DO IT?

n  To get members

n  Jesus said to

n  To complete baptism

Q WHAT IS ANOTHER NAME FOR CONFIRMATION?

n  Adult baptism

n  Sealing

n  Anointing

Q WHAT DO WE PRAY FOR THOSE TO BE CONFIRMED?

n  To be strengthened

n  To be empowered

n  To be sustained

 

 

SOME NOTES ON CONFIRMATION

Confirmation fits in so closely with our Lord’s teaching and was so clearly the practice of the Apostolic Church that it has been widely understood to be one of “the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” which He discussed with the Apostles just before his ascension.

Acts 1:3 After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

 

Soon after the church began its work, St. Philip the deacon went to preach the Gospel in Samaria. He made converts and baptized them.  But that was not enough, the Laying-on-of-Hands followed the baptism, but Philip, as a deacon, was not qualified to do this. So he sent to Jerusalem for St. Peter and St. John, who were Apostles, and they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

 

Later St. Paul was preaching in Ephesus. He also made converts, who had previously known only the teaching of St. John the Baptist. St. Paul baptized them but that was not enough.

Acts 19:6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

 

This became common practice in the Apostolic Church. The author of Hebrews includes it is one of the 6 fundamental practices:

Heb. 6:1   Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

 

Shortly after the Apostolic age this rite is found to be a regular feature in the churches work. Tertullian, who was born about 150 A.D., writing of Baptism, adds: “Next to this the hand is laid upon us, calling upon and invoking the Holy Ghost through the blessing.”

 

St. Cyprian, who was born about 200 A.D.  says, “They who have been baptized

in the  church are brought to the Bishops of the church, and by prayer and the laying on of hands they obtain the Holy Ghost and are consummated with the seal of the Lord.”

 

             Until the fourth century Confirmation was called the seal or anointing.  St. Augustine of Hippo is the first one to use the title Confirmation, which came to be generally accepted in the west, but in the east it has continued to be known as the seal or the anointing to present day.

 

Notice the words from the service in our Prayer Book for Confirmation this Sunday.

 

Almighty God, we thank you that by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ you have overcome sin and brought us to yourself, and that by the sealing of your Holy Spirit you have bound us to your service.  Renew in this your servant the covenant you have made with them at their Baptism.  Send them forth in the power of that Spirit to perform the service you set before them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

 

            Confirmation is the completion of baptism. By baptism one is admitted into the Kingdom of God in confirmation; in confirmation one receives spiritual strengthening and spiritual gifts are conveyed, all to live a Christian life empowered by the Holy Spirit within God’s kingdom.

 

It is important to note that we do not confirm ourselves. We are confirmed.

 

            So in summary, Confirmation comes to us as an Apostolic rite administered by the Bishops of the church, grounded in the Holy Scriptures and the steady practice of the church, a sacramental means of receiving spiritual strengthening.

 

Again, from the Prayer Book liturgy where the bishop lays his hands on the person:

Strengthen, O Lord, your servant Christine Faith Subrahmanyam with your Holy Spirit; empower her for your service; and sustain her all the days of her life.  Amen.

Let’s pray for Christine and for our own strengthening, empowering, and being sustained by the Holy Spirit!

 

Blessings,

 

Carl

Friday Epistle for June 23, 2017

June 24th, 2017 by

“So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Matthew 10:26-31 NIV

 

Jesus is giving this charge to 12 of his closest friends, who he calls apostles, as he is sending them out to proclaim His Kingdom. There is so much that can be said on the words surrounding this passage, but it seems like through it he is telling them that this journey will not be easy. This makes these words in the middle even more important ones.  We are all too often reminded of how scary this world is. Whatever media you choose – Facebook, Twitter, watching the morning news, reading the newspaper, or talking to friends and family – the reminder is typically front and center.

 

How would we choose to live differently if we saw this news as a reality check, instead of a reason to seclude ourselves from the world? I’m talking about being acutely aware of what’s going on all around us because we believe that we serve a living God. A God who is working all around us. A God who empowers us and sends us out to work alongside Him as light in the darkness. A God who says, “So do not be afraid…”.

 

I see and hear about so many of us doing just this and am continually encouraged – figuring out where God is already at work and finding a way to enter into this work with Him. Where have you seen Him piercing the darkness with light recently? Who are your neighbors, your co-workers, your families, your friends at the community pool, your coffee shop friends, the cashier at the grocery store? What gives their life meaning? How has Christ met this need for you?

 

Jesus empowers his disciples here as he shares with them what they will experience as they go on this journey. In His kindness, He makes sure that they hear the words, “So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” And then, He gives them His power and sends them out.

 

This is why we have set up book clubs and movie clubs this summer, and why one of the 9:00 am Sunday School topics is on mentoring. This is why we went to Costa Rica, and are supporting Mission Interact. This is why we are hosting a summer intensive study on Jesus’ parables and inviting kids and volunteer leaders to VBS. This is why we continue to hold Closer and the Men’s Breakfast. Some of these opportunities are more being sent than being empowered, and others are more being empowered than being sent. They are all connected to one another.

 

This Sunday I’ll be talking about what it looks like for us to be sent out in Christ’s power to make Him known, just as He did with these disciples. I hope to see you there.

 

 

Erica

A Most Unusual Father’s Day

June 17th, 2017 by

Dear Friends at New Covenant,

 

Sunday morning I plan to continue to look at the close of St. Matthew’s Gospel, the Great Commission, and we will also, most appropriately, hear from our missionary team, which has returned from Costa Rica.

 

I ended last Sunday with the story about a trip from Kigali, Rwanda, to Brussels, Belgium, about an 8 to 9 hour leg. In case you missed it, (and the sermon is on the web site) I decided to tell it again.

 

Whether this story has an inherent point or not, I do not know. However, as I have reflected on it over the past year, I have found a helpful point and perhaps you will as well.

The Late Night Flight from Kigali

As we got ready to board the late night flight in Kigali, I noticed that my seat assignment was not what my paperwork had indicated. I was supposed to be in row 16, and instead was in 19.  You wouldn’t think it would matter.  When I inquired about it, I was told both were aisle seats and so it didn’t matter.  Well, it did matter.

 

Once on the plane I found that I was in a row of four seats which were covered over with two sleeping young boys, about the ages of three and five, I guessed, draped over their well snuggled mother. I apologized for making one of her little boys move, as they must have been tired, it being so late, and then she informed me that in addition to the late hour they were not feeling well.  I assured her that I would move, most gladly, and give her the space as soon as the entry door was closed.

 

I looked ahead at my traveling companions. Fr. Christopher was the only one in a row of four seats just three rows ahead of me. And Earl, who had been teaching in Tanzania, had an empty seat next to him in a row of two, and had two seats empty behind him. So there were plenty of empty seats just ahead.

 

As soon as the door closed I moved up and took an empty seat — but not for long.  About 60 seconds was my guess, not even time to fasten a seat belt.  I was immediately and most abruptly bounced.

I asked, “Why?”

“This is ‘coach comfort'” I was informed.

“I paid for coach comfort,” I said.

“Show me,” and the flight attendant asked to see my boarding pass, which as you recall, had the incorrect seat number on it. I went to find my original paperwork and realized I had left it when trying to explain the wrong seating assignment to the person in the airport.  I then presented the flight attendant the situation:  There’s a pooped mom with two exhausted and sick little boys. She needs the space.  And here are a whole bunch of empty seats. The flight attendant was not moved, nor was I.

 

I returned to my seat and assured this tired mother I’d find another seat as soon as we were airborne. I walked the entire plane only to find that there was no room in the inn.

 

When I returned I explained to my traveling companion, whose English was minimal, but far better then my Swahili, that I had seven grandchildren and really love kids, even sick ones, and that I would keep the arm rest up and they could take all the room they needed.

 

Of course, the thoughts in my head were certainly not so gracious or gentle. “This is unfair!” “It’s an injustice.” “And especially since I paid for coach comfort.”  (I hate to add here, and perhaps you have thought of this already, that had I had my wits about me, I had my original reservations on my phone. Alas…) I was fuming, as you have probably guessed, and I didn’t know how I would fare were I to ask our Lord why this was so unfair?  It did occur to me that it would be good to change my heart and my attitude as I still had better than eight hours to sit there.  This was a long leg, and not being in coach comfort, had no leg space to spare.

 

I did ask the Lord for help, and I’m pretty sure He gave it, as it was a relatively peaceful ride with an occasional five-year-old’s arm flaring up into my face and waking me from the movie I had dozed off on.  I really do love kids, even ones coughing and sneezing asleep on my lap.

 

Once in Brussels the three of us, feeling much like the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion, I suspect, were moving along silently with blank stares, riding an interminably long moving sidewalk toward our connection, we hoped.

 

As we neared the end I heard footsteps running up behind me. It was a young boy, about seven years old I guessed, and as he passed me at the end of the moving sidewalk his shoelace got caught in the disappearing metal walkway. (My son Peter has since shared images of some gruesome injuries he has seen from similar accidents.  Like the skin being peeled off the bottom of a foot.)

 

Without thinking, because that wasn’t an option at this time, I scooped him up with my left hand, holding my bag in my right, and while straddling the walkway, I wanted to reach down and pull off his sneaker but instead seeing Earl and Christopher had turned around, I said, “Earl snap the lace!”  Like a practiced ninja warrior, with one swift swoop, Earl slashed the tie and set him free!

 

His mother, coming now full speed ahead up the walkway, was now this young man’s bigger problem.  He ran off with her on his heels.  The lady behind us, however, stood appropriately amazed, as did we.  What just happened here?

 

So here’s the lesson I have gotten from this one time, most heroic, act in my life.

 

One commentator I have been reading on Matthew’s gospel says that the way Matthew is using disciple and discipling here, is that of being with someone, caring and listening.  Waiting patiently for an opportunity to share the gospel — coming alongside, being present, living into the sacrament of the present moment.

 

I have wondered since this most wonderful Father’s Day a year ago, if it wasn’t just being there with those I traveled with – that did something deep inside of me that allowed me to respond in a moment that I was least expecting or prepared for, that seemed to have been helped from above?

 

For me it’s a feasible take-away from the story.  Be with those you find yourself with.  Get out of yourself and be there for them.  And perhaps God will change something and prepare you for what’s coming up from behind you.

 

I still wonder where his father was.  His heavenly Father was obviously watching out for him.  That is good. Amen.

 

Thanks for listening, and Blessings to you all this Father’s Day,

 

Friday Epistle – Trinity Sunday

June 9th, 2017 by
Dear Friends at New Covenant,
This Sunday is Trinity Sunday in our liturgical year and I have borrowed some bits and pieces on the Trinity from Matt Slick who is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry — carm.org.
Come Sunday, you won’t believe what St. Augustine said about the Trinity.
But first:
From the Sunday lessons:
What Jesus said:
Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
What Paul Said:
2 Corinthians 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.”
What the Old Testament Says:
Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
“Never was there a more deceptive doctrine advanced than that of the trinity. It could have originated only in one mind, and that the mind of Satan the Devil.”Reconciliation, 1928, p. 101.
“The trinity is three separate Gods: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. “That these three are separate individuals, physically distinct from each other, is demonstrated by the accepted records of divine dealings with man,” (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 35).
What Christianity teaches about the Trinity
The word “trinity” is a term used to denote the Christian doctrine that God exists as a unity of three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Each of the persons is distinct from the other yet identical in essence.  In other words, each is fully divine innature, but each is not the totality of the other persons of the Trinity.  Each has a will, loves, and says “I” and “You” when speaking.  The Father is not the same person as the Son, who is not the same person as the Holy Spirit, and who is not the same person as the Father.  Each is divine, yet there are not three gods but one God. There are three individual subsistences or persons.  The word “subsistence” means something that has a real existence.  The word “person” denotes individuality and self-awareness.  The Trinity is three of these though the latter term has become the dominant one used to describe the individual aspects of God known as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Included in the doctrine of the Trinity is a strict monotheism which is the teaching that there exists in all the universe a single being known as God who is self-existent and unchangeable (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8).  Therefore, it is important to note that the doctrine of the trinity is not polytheistic as some of its critics proclaim.  Trinitarianism is monotheistic by definition, and those who claim it is polytheistic demonstrate a lack of understanding of what it really is.
Is the Trinity confusing?
Another important point about the Trinity is that it can be a difficult concept to grasp, but this does not necessitate an argument against its validity. On the contrary, the fact that it is difficult is an argument for its truth.  The Bible is the self-revelation of an infinite God.  Therefore, we are bound to encounter concepts, which are difficult to understand–especially when dealing with an incomprehensible God who exists in all places at all times. So, when we view descriptions and attributes of God manifested in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we discover that a completely comprehensible and understandable explanation of God’s essence and nature is not possible.  What we have done, however, is derive from the Scripture the truths that we can grasp and combine them into the doctrine we call The Trinity.  The Trinity is, to a large extent, a mystery. After all, we are dealing with God Himself.
Blessings to you all!