The Shack

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It was and is a powerful book…
It was and is a controversial book…

The Shack created more spiritual dialog among people of every stripe than any book had for a long time.
Personally, I love books that cause me to think, but for some people, books that make them think, or offer a different perspective are to be feared, banned or burned…this is sad and unfortunate.

Paul Young, the author of the Shack, spoke four times over an August 2009 weekend at the church I pastor. In all honesty, it was perhaps one of the most powerful weekends I have experienced, and trust me, I have experienced many.

The ministry that poured out, the grace and healing so many people experienced are hard to describe, yet unforgettable in my soul. Paul was amazing, authentic, a lover of Jesus, and simply a man sharing his journey, through fiction, of how God met him in his “Great Sadness.”

@wmpaulyoung was a blessing to the many believers, seekers, and wonderers who spilled through our doors

So, while the theologians posture, getting ready to battle at the throne of truth and error, and ultimately miss the point yet again, I’d encourage you to see the movie and take some time to listen to the four speaking sessions that Paul presented at SVA…I will provide the links below.

Paul built each session to compliment the next, so pull up a chair, relax and enjoy the teaching, questions, and honesty that was poured out at SVA.

God is larger than we can ever imagine…and He can work with our questions, wounds and struggles…

Session 1: Saturday 8/8/09 9am- Paul discusses the origins of the book with great Q&A session.

Session 2: Saturday 8/8/09 7pm: Paul discusses the metaphors and Trinity in The Shack

Session 3: Sunday 8/9/09 9am: How God works in the Great Sadness

Session 4: Sunday 8/9/09 11am: Seeing things with fresh eyes

Bad Trinity Analogies

I have heard a number of “Trinity” analogies over the years. Some are clever and add a nuance of understanding, but ultimately, every analogy breaks down at some point. Describing the three-in-oneness of God isn’t an easy task, but it is definitely worth the time and energy to study and broaden our understanding of the way God is revealed in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.

It is somewhat easier to describe what the Trinity isn’t. and the folks over at Lutheran Satire have created a funny look at debunking the bad analogies of St. Patrick concerning the Trinity…enjoy and glean some insight into theologian humor.

 

Visual Trinity

I am always looking for ways that theology shows up in life, art and even random shots. Another great way of relaying information is through an info-gram, a visual/graphical flow of information. It wasn’t until today that I came across a site that took the power of an info-gram and linked it to doctrine and theology, the result is powerful.

One particularly good piece of visual theology I saw was describing the Trinity. The aspects of the Trinity are not easy right? One God, three persons, yet one essence…that is some different math. In trying to articulate what the Scriptures say about the nature of God have led to error, misrepresentations and poor illustrations over the centuries.

Tim Challies did a great job of trying to visually and verbally show and articulate the truth about the Trinity. You can find some of his other visual theology pieces at: http://www.challies.com/resources/visual-theology

Here is Tim’s piece on the Trinity.

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Funny Theological Video of the Day

My friend Matt Archer posted this video the other day and it brought a huge level of pastor/theology humor. If you have ever tried to explain the concept of the Trinity to someone, you realize how quickly all of our examples done in simile fashion breakdown. The Trinity is mysterious, and this video pokes some fun at our attempts to boil the infinite down into earthly terms.