There comes a time when each of us is absolutely certain that we could be better umpires than God; and 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.... Click the link below to download.
"As Mack rounded the trees, he saw for the first time a magnificent garden....it was chaos in color...It was confusing, stunning, and incredibly beautiful....'Looks like a mess,' muttered Mack under his breath." (The Shack, p. 131). 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 to God (a beautiful pattern that emerges out of seemingly random and chaotic events). Surprise! The Holy Spirit loves to work out God’s good plan in and through our messy lives. Click the link below to download.
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 are profoundly disinterested in Jesus' appearance; but they do suggest that he was great company, that he made God real, and that his life was profoundly human. Click the link below to download.
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. Click the link below to download.