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The Woman Jesus is in Love With

In this spiritually hungry age the interest in the person of Jesus is unmistakable and enduring; at the same time, the popular image of the church that bears his name is less than flattering. In Paul Young’s novel, The Shack, Jesus explains to Mack that the church is more than a cold institution…she is "the woman I'm in love with". Scripture speaks of at least three marks of the church, Jesus' beloved bride: beauty, faithfulness, and love.

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Here Come Da Judge

There comes a time when each of us is absolutely certain that we could be better umpires than God; that we could make better judgment calls if given the opportunity. In The Shack, Paul Young’s character, Mack, gets that very opportunity; but in the end he's certain about one thing: “I don’t want to be the judge!” Here are 4 biblical reasons why we should be grateful that God is the Judge.

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The Keeper of the Garden

Our lives often feel like an unkempt garden, a random, chaotic mess. Yet, what seems like chaos to you and me – is a living fractal (a beautiful pattern that emerges out of seemingly random and chaotic events) to God. Indeed, the Holy Spirit longs to partner with us in the working out of God’s good plan in and through our messy lives.

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Jesus in Jeans

In Wm. Paul Young's novel, The Shack, Mack first sees Jesus "wearing jeans covered in wood dust and a plaid shirt, sleeves rolled above the elbows, revealing well muscled forearms. His features were pleasant enough, but he was not particularly handsome....Mack knew instantly that he liked him." What is it about Jesus Christ that drew people to him then, and that draw people to him today? The gospels suggest that he was great company, that he made God real, and that his life was profoundly human.

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Papa & the Trinity

Like Mack, in Wm. Paul Young's book, The Shack, many of us have distorted images of God; distortions that can only be changed by an encounter with the true God at the point of our deepest hurts and disappointments.

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