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The Shack: Remember Blue Like Jazz?

Blue Like Jazz is a book that got rave reviews and was actually dangerous, because for many it was the first Christian Literature they read. You can read a complete review about it here. But for now, here is an excerpt from that article.

“I believe, though, that the great failing of this book is the author’s belief that Christianity is a feeling, and is not something that can be rationally explained or understood. Early in the book, on page 54, Miller writes that God does not make any sense. Just a few pages later he writes that Christian Spirituality is something that cannot be explained, but is something that can only be felt. “It cannot be explained, and yet it is beautiful and true. It is something you feel, and it comes from the soul” (page 57). Later he writes, “At the end of the day, when I am lying in bed and I know the chances of any of our theology being exactly right are a million to one, I need to know that God has things figured out, that if my math is wrong we are still going to be okay. And wonder is that feeling we get when we let go of our silly answers, our mapped out rules that we want God to follow. I don’t think there is any better worship than wonder” (page 206).

So now we have “The Shack”

I thought that surely this one would die on its own, but I was wrong. It has become popular.

I was reviewing some documents in which Christians were asked what books they recently read and liked and The Shack was on several of their lists. I was amazed.

So, since this thing wont go away, lets put out some information about it.

Click here for Tim Challies review of The Shack.

and click here for a link to Al Mohler’s discussion on this garbage.

Something thoughtful on Black Entertainment Television

Click on the title above and dig the Irony.

or click here


A Theft in the Church

A theft has taken place. Something has been stolen from the church. But this was no violent act of robbery. The doors and windows were left open. In fact, a welcome sign was put out to the thieves. After the first theft, the rest of the goods were conveniently put on the front porch so as not inconvenience the thieves. What was stolen? The church’s calling to be an agent of social justice in the world. Who stole it? The thieves are those who gave up on a supernatural Gospel in exchange for a message of mere social change. Those who reacted to these “social gospellers” didn’t put up much of a fight; instead they freely allowed these modernists to steal the rest of the calling. Then the government, with its cosmic-sized ego, thought it could do the social justice calling more effectively than the church by perpetrating unjust means to take care of the poor. The church abdicated. It rolled over. After all, we are about the Gospel and saving souls, not social justice. Funny, the Prophets and Apostles never thought there was a distinction between justice and grace. In fact, it seemed that they were under the silly notion that true religion manifested itself in taking care of widows and orphans (Isa. 1:16-18; Jas. 1:27). Obviously, they never lived on a cul-de-sac in a suburban neighborhood. What was stolen from us was something which is part of the image of God in us, compassion, mercy and justice. What was stolen from us was a larger vision of righteousness, which fed the hungry, clothed the naked and stood against oppression (Matt. 25:31-46; Jas. 5:1-6; 1 Jn. 3:16-18).

I am very thankful for those who are rightfully taking back what belongs to us, without giving up the treasure of the Gospel. I am thankful for Justice Fellowship, the International Justice Mission, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, among others. I am also thankful for our Community Pregnancy Center and the City of Refuge, which fight against the evil of abortion and fight for life and the truth of the Gospel. I am thankful for Anna, ministering mercy in the Sudan, to bodies and souls.

As I have been studying the problem of evil for men’s retreat, I have realized afresh that the message of God’s grace cannot leave us only interested in a person’s soul. Can we really be indifferent to the physical condition of a 5 year old Cambodian girl who serves as a sex slave in a brothel to western pedophiles? Is it good enough to just make sure she gets a tract? May God help us to recover the calling which has been stolen and hi-jacked by those who do not know the power of God unto salvation. May we be known by what the Lord requires of us, “to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God” (Mic. 6:8).

Pastor Brian