#065 – The Real Story: The Shack (Pt 2) [Podcast]

We’ve talked in general about The Shack and why we are studying the fictional book. In this episode, I want to get the author’s perspective of his side of the story.

Real Story

Real Story

Knowing why an author wrote the book is a huge benefit to understanding the book.  Once we understand this, we have a better grasp to understand the various parts of the books.

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#064 – The Shack (Pt 1) [Podcast]

I’ve wanted to talk about The Shack for quite some time. The first time I read this book, it healed me of so many wounds in my life. We start up a study of the book, followed by Baxter Kruger’s book on the theology of The Shack

Shack

Shack

But before we begin, I want to talk about WHY?  Why study a fictional book?  And what is the book about?  What is the story and who are the characters?

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#063 – Renewing the Mind [Podcast]

We end our study (for now) on the issue of self-worth and why we struggle in life. In this episode, I want to hit upon the topic of renewing the mind. What is this? Can we detail it to make it practical and get away from “religious answers” on this?

Renewing the Mind

Renewing the Mind

I detail a lot of my own struggle here. And what I’ve learned over the years about failure, stinking thinking, talking to yourself, and challenging how you think and process life. That is … the practical side of renewing the mind.

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#062 – Flesh: The Whacky Computer Analogy [Podcast]

I’ve always struggled with why I struggled after salvation. And I’ve equally struggled with a good analogy for how I saw truth now. In this episode, I share one of my own whacky analogies … a whacky computer analogy … of who we are in Christ and what our flesh is.

I have posted the slide deck above that I reference in the podcast. You might find it beneficial to look at as you go through the podcast.

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#061 – Bill Gillham: Structuring Flesh Patterns [Podcast]

Bill Gillham has been a great influence on me in my understanding of “flesh.” I thought it would be good to hear him explain it in a rare teaching by Bill that I don’t believe is available anywhere.

Bill Gillham

Bill Gillham

Last week we discussed what “flesh” patterns are. This week we hear from Bill Gillham about the structuring of the flesh.

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#060 – Flesh Patterns [Podcast]

In our study of self-worth and significance in God, we started last episode to look at the issue of why we struggle.  Why is basing our identity upon what God says about us SO difficult? The reason is because of the flesh.

Flesh Patterns

Flesh Patterns

Last week we discussed what the Bible means by the word “flesh.” This week we look at how we build “flesh patterns” and how these end up being unique to each of us.

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#059 – Flesh [Podcast]

In our study of self-worth and significance in God, we want to now turn to the issue of why we struggle.  Why is basing our identity upon what God says about us SO difficult? The reason is because of the flesh.

Flesh

Flesh

But here we get into trouble.  What is the “flesh” that the Bible talks about?  Is it really a “sin nature” or what?  We begin discussing this issue as a preliminary look into renewing the mind.

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#058 – Forgiveness [Podcast]

To find true healing in our lives, we must learn to deal with past hurts.  This is all part of the journey into significance based on God.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

There is a lot of confusion in Christian circles about what forgiveness is about.  In its simplest definition, it means to “divorce” the other person.

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#057 – Healing [Podcast]

To find true healing in our lives, we often have to go through brokenness.  This is all part of the journey into significance based on God.

Healing

Healing

In this episode, I play a special interview by Paul Young (who wrote The Shack) as he describes his “shack” and his healing in God.

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#056 – Journey into Love [Podcast]

Finding our significance in God is a journey … a journey into love.  This isn’t an instance of love … this is a journey.  That means we work this out, step by step, in real life.

Journey Into Love

Journey Into Love

We have spent several weeks talking about the problem in the fall of man and The Lie.  Now I want to start getting into more of what the Answer is.  If you listen to my show, I’m sure you know the Answer … Jesus … God … the Trinity … the Gospel.  But how do we implement this?  We talk about the first perspective of this … seeing your life as a journey … a journey into love.

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