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The Shack is EVIL!

November 19, 2008 — 23 Comments

Have you heard of the book, The Shack? If you haven’t then please come out form under that rock.

I while back I wanted to see what all of the talk about it was so I bought the book, devoured it, and then reviewed it on the blog. I loved it.

Then I started to see all of the negative attention on the net. Mark Driscoll, who I love, describes the book as heretical and that it promotes modalism. Of course there are tons more online who preach against the book as well calling it evil and a non biblical representation of the trinity.

This past weekend my church did a mens retreat with another church form maine. We gave everybody in the groups a copy of the book, let them know it was fiction, it was not theology and more like a parable. They were told to read it and we would discuss it on the retreat.

I bet from the guys who claim it’s evil they would be screaming right now

“Noooooo. you are going to be teaching your men wrong doctrine….”

Well most read it and tore through the book and then God tore through them.

In our discussions we instructed our men to not get hung up on the theology because it is more an allegory and not a theological book. They were to see if they felt like some of the story was their own.

I was floored with what happened.

Did our guys change their minds theologically?

Did our men think  God was a big black woman?

Did they hink the Holy spirit was an asian woman?

No…No….and No….

So what did happen?

Freedom from anger

Freedom from past

freedom from Father issues

bigger view of God

An understanding that God cares.

Our men came face to face with a God that loves them and every one of them, one way or another, walked away understanding that God is bigger than they thought.

Is the Shack Evil? I don’t really care actually, but I am really glad that a simple story made God more real to some hurting and angry men.

Here is a video from Life in Student ministry blog. If you have not been there he was some great youth ministry resources and thoughts.

The bible says in Luke 19:40

“…If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”

I love that verse. Jesus is basically saying the entire universe will shout it’s praises if we don’t. Worship is everywhere.

I was thinking about it the other day though. Man wouldn’t it be cool if for one day we all stopped praising and then we could see the rocks actually sing. That would be sweet!

Breath of Heaven

November 13, 2008 — 3 Comments

Here is my new song. It is a very simple (in your prayer closet) kinda song. I hope you enjoy it.

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here are the lyrics:

Breathe on me O Breath of Heaven
Let Your spirit fall on me
Let my life be filled with Your truth
Lord renew my heart for You

Breathe on me O Breath of Heaven
Fill me with the light of You
Holy Spirit I surrender
Take my heart and make it new

I will soar on wings like eagles
I will walk and not faint
It’s by your strength that I am able
And by your spirit I am free

Last night america decided on a new guy for the job as President. He isn’t exactly who I was hoping for, but even with that said I pray that he does a great job.

While I am stoked we Finally have a black president, I am not too keen on his stand on marraige and abortion. I pray For God’s hand on him and that the church doesn’t sit on it’s hands if laws and such don’t match with what God wants.

I have heard many say he is the antichrist and he is going to usher in the end times. Well I have heard that before of others. I don’t have a clue what the future holds, but I won’t hang that sign around his neck.

I have seen a ton of division in the church from this election. Pray the church learns the power of unity because our country needs God.

Read what some of my friends have to say about this historic day.

Mike
John
Tyler
Mark