#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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#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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