#078 – Christianese (Hamartia/Sin – Pt 2) – Pt 2 [Podcast]

Hamartia … this is the original Greek word for “sin.”  Last week we started discussing what this word really meant back in ancient times. We saw this didn’t mean “breaking rules” but simply a mistake by which a person would tragically miss their purpose.  This was used by Aristotle in many of his stories.

Hamartia

Hamartia

Of all words in Christianity, the word “sin” is crucial for us to understand.  A lot of the whacky theology in the Western church stems from a misunderstanding of this word “hamartia.”

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#077 – Christianese (Sin – Pt 1) – Pt 1 [Podcast]

One of my biggest pet-peeves in the modern church is how we pick up a language that we don’t understand.  We use funny words that we never used before … words like sin, faith, prayer, holiness … and we really don’t understand them at all.

Christianese

Christianese

If you are like me, we are never really told what these words mean. Or if we are, then we are given some “religious” idea that was never implied by the original word.

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#076 – The Shack (The Ending) – Pt 12 [Podcast]

And now the ending … We have covered many interesting issues in our study on The Shack.  In this episode, we conclude our study by going through (quickly) through the last 5 chapters of the book.

The Shack Ending

The Shack Ending

How will the story end?  How will Mack now approach his life after this amazing encounter with the Holy Trinity?

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#075 – The Shack (Chp. 13 – A Meeting of Hearts) – Pt 11 [Podcast]

A Meeting of Hearts … Mack and Papa talked about his reunion with Missy through the waterfall and suddenly Mack thought of Missy’s favorite legend of the Indian princess whose death over the waterfall saved her people – was it for him that Missy had to die?

Meeting of Hearts

Meeting of Hearts

Papa said that his ability to work good out of Missy’s death didn’t mean he needed Missy’s death to work good – so no, Missy didn’t have to die for Mack’s sake.

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#074 – The Shack (Chp. 12 – In the Belly of the Beasts) – Pt 10 [Podcast]

In the Belly of the Beasts … As Jesus and Mack head back across the water, Mack confides that he has always been troubled by the idea of Missy all alone with her abductor. Jesus explains that she wasn’t alone; he was with her the whole time and that as they talked she gained great peace and even prayed for her family during that time.

Belly of the Beasts

Belly of the Beasts

Their talk then turned to the institutions of politics, religion and marriage. Jesus pointed out that he has never been fond of institutions, he is all about relationships. He doesn’t want religious service, but people who love him and are in relationship with him. He also explained that not all religions are roads that lead to him, but that he would travel any road to find and redeem the lost.

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#073 – The Shack (Chp. 11 – Here Comes Da Judge) – Pt 9 [Podcast]

Jesus sent Mack into a dark cave where he met this beautiful woman who is the judge. As she and Mack talked, it surfaced hat he didn’t think that God truly loved all his kids, or Missy wouldn’t have been murdered; in light of that, she asked Mack to take her place and be the judge.

Real Judge

Real Judge

He says he isn’t fit to judge, but she reminds him of a lifetime of judgments he has made based on very superficial criteria known to man. She started by asking if he would judge the man who murdered Missy – that was easy for Mack.

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Can You Hear Me Now?! … Special Announcement

This is a special announcement for the podcast.  Just a quick update on what has been happening and making sure everything is working properly in my system.

hear

hear

I have had numerous problems of late with the site … from malware shutdowns … to podcasts not showing up … to Bluehost crashing … I think everything is finally fixed. Here is an update on things.

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#072 – The Shack (Chp. 10 – Walk on Water) – Pt 8 [Podcast]

Mack’s walk with Jesus quickly becomes a test to see if Mack trusts Jesus.Heading off down the dock, Jesus walks past all the boats, not stopping until he reaches the end.

Walk on Water

Walk on Water

Mack is thinking that it’s awfully cold for a swim and a long way to the other side of the lake, but he’s game if Jesus is. Then he realizes that Jesus isn’t planning on swimming. He really wants to walk with Mack – across the lake.

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#071 – The Shack (Chp. 9 – The Garden) – Pt 7 [Podcast]

Mack’s next encounter is with Sarayu whom he has decided is the Holy Spirit … in the garden of his soul. She is gentle, somewhat ethereal, but also down-to-earth in her gardener clothes.

Garden of the Soul

Garden of the Soul

She is delighted at Mack’s assessment of her garden as “chaotic,” although she assures him that her garden isn’t just a mess of colorful flowers with no pattern but a conglomeration of fractals with its own sense of order.

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#070 – The Shack (Chp. 8 – A Breakfast of Champions) – Pt 6 [Podcast]

Over breakfast, Mack discusses with Jesus, Sarayu and Papa the hierarchy of the Trinity, only to learn there isn’t one. They are in a circle of relationship and choose to serve each other above themselves.

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

In perfect unity there is no need for authority. This transitions to a discussion about how God works in the world in general – with the ultimate question in Mack’s mind being how God could allow his daughter to die while He yet talks of love.

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