#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.

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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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#069 – The Shack (Chp. 7 – God on the Dock) – Pt 5 [Podcast]

Mack’s introduction to the three holy beings continues and he is delighted to watch the relationship among them. Each one seems to have a particular message and so their conversations with each other take on a different tone.

God on the Dock

God on the Dock

As they begin to share what they have to teach him Mack is overjoyed at the holy relationship between them and that they are more than willing to share that with him.

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#068 – The Shack (Chp. 6 – A Piece of Pi) – Pt 4 [Podcast]

Meeting the three beings in the shack evokes a number of emotions in Mack. First is relief that the note was not sent by the murderer so he will not need his gun. Next is wonder at the strange creatures who are obviously holy; in fact, Mack is quickly convinced that he is in the presence of God, Jesus, and an Asian female who is possibly the Holy Spirit.

Piece of Pi

Piece of Pi

Even as he realizes who it is he is addressing, Mack is still angry that God did not take care of Missy and is surprised at the response he receives to his bitter question, “If you couldn’t take care of Missy, how can I trust you to take care of me?” With deep compassion, they each share his tears and soon they are all contributing to a personal lesson in theology – from the beginnings of creation through the sacrifice of Jesus for the sins of the world.

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#067 – The Shack (Pt 3: Chps. 1-5) [Podcast]

We pick up our study of the Shack this week.  In previous weeks, we discussed our purpose in studying the book, as well as how the story is a metaphor for what happened in the author’s life.

Shack Study

Shack Study

This week, we discuss the backdrop of the story … the introduction of Mack, as well as how Missy went missing.  The questions that build in Mack are discussed.

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