Book Review: The Shack Revisited by C. Baxter Kruger

ImageA few years back, a little book took the Christian (and non-Christian) world by storm. It was called The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. It recounts the story of a man who is invited by God Himself to visit Him in the place where his young daughter was brutally murdered.

God reveals Himself in some pretty unconventional ways, but, in the end, the man turns to God for salvation from his Great Sadness and finds redemption.

The book set off a fury of responses. Some positive, many negative. The biggest issue for most was the portrayal of God in feminine form. “Papa” (God the Father) is a large black woman and the Holy Spirit is also female.

When  started reading The Shack Revisited, I was expecting some sort of unpacking of these ideas. A Good answer/critique as to why. Simply put, there was one brief mention of these things in passing, and no more. That was my biggest disappointment with the book, actually. But it redeemed itself in what it did address. Continue reading

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Even At Chic-Fil-A, Dead Works Are Still Dead

ImageUnless you have been living in a cave for the past couple of weeks, you are well aware of the controversy that Chic-fil-A has been generating in response to their owner’s comments in support of traditional marriage and Christian family values. Mike Huckabee even created an event in the fast food chain’s honor, asking supporters to flock to their local venues and literally “eat mor chikn.”  Continue reading

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James 1:19-27: Listening and Doing

Last time, we talked about how everyone is on an equal footing before God, but not in a good way. Every human being is sinful and does not seek God as he or she ought. We also saw that, to Paul, the Law means little if it is used as a measure of one’s holiness because…well…all the Law does is make it clear that humanity is messed up.

That said, obedience is important. James makes that very clear. And so it is to James that we turn now. Continue reading

Romans 3:9-20: No One Is Righteous

Here Paul continues his discussion of God’s faithfulness to those who belong to Him by pointing out, in no uncertain terms, that everyone is on equal footing before Him. But not in the manner in which his listeners would expect. He begins by asking a simple question:

What then? Are we Jews any better off? (Romans 3:9a ESV) Continue reading

A New Year Begins

Happy New Year!Happy New Year!

2011 is over and 2012 has begun. And with the beginning of a new year comes the beginning of a new focus for the blog. By a new focus, I mean that I am going to be putting a stronger focus on getting things done here at The Master’s Way blog. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Book of Books by Melvyn Bragg

Here’s the link to the book review I was asked to do by the publisher.

Also, sorry I haven’t written in a really long time. Things have been nuts at home and blogging as been at the bottom of the list of priorities. I am committed, though, to resuming this thing on a regular basis from here on out!

Book Review: The Book of Books by Melvyn Bragg

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An Overview of Events in Haiti From the Earthquake to the Present

I think everyone remembers what happened in January of 2010 in Haiti. A massive, 7.0 magnitude earthquake occurred in the capitol city of Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas.  According to sources, this was the worst earthquake in the region in 200 years. The damage to the buildings and infrastructure was devastating. The loss of life catastrophic. Continue reading

Cutting funding to Planned Parenthood?

I did a four-part piece over at Examiner.com on Indiana’s bill that would restrict abortion access and eliminate federal funding for groups such as Planned Parenthood.  Here are links to that series for those of you who are interested in my take on those volatile issues.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

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James 1:2-18: Trials and Temptations

It stood out to me, as we move into the section of this study where we bounce back and forth between James and Romans, that we go from last time talking about God’s continued faithfulness despite appearances to James’ discussion of Christians standing firm in the midst of trials and temptations.  James hints at this idea in this passage, and we will see how shortly.  So, let’s start digging in to James as we prepare to deal with one of the biggest tensions in all of the New Testament. Continue reading