The Shack Revisited

  • March 15, 2017
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Since the release of my article, “The Shack:  A Story of Freedom or Force?”, I’ve received an almost constant stream of hate mail regarding the concerns that I expressed, not about the film itself nor even the book, but rather the beliefs of the author, which he himself expressed clearly in his new theologically driven […]

Human Connection: Additional Thoughts 5

So, we know now that behavior modification doesn’t create heart change. We have to understand that when we connect to God we realize – it’s about what He has done on our behalf – not we have done. Let me share an analogy with you. I had this kid on my shoulders in the pool […]

The Human Connection Part 2, Day 2

 When we talk about making contact, we’re talking about two things: 1. Making contact with one another. 2. Making contact with God. A lot of the principles I’m going to share are just basic ways we can relate to each other. If you’re one of those people who over-spiritualizes everything and wants to say a […]

A System of Grace

The opposite of a shame based system is one of grace. If you aren’t quite sure what this looks like, or if you’ve been living in a shame based system for any length of time, this list reveals how to build up your family while teaching them solid lessons they can implement for a lifetime. […]

The Top 10 Characteristics Found in a Shame Based System: Part 2

Yesterday I shared my take on part of a list found in Jeff Vanvonderen’s book Families Where Grace is in Place. Today I’m presenting to you 6-10 of the The Top 10 Characteristics Found in a Shame Based System. 6. Putting Kids through a Hard Time Kids are involved in a messy and imperfect process […]

Top 10 Characteristics Found in a Shame Based System

A couple of days ago I shared a quote from Jeff Vanvonderen, the author of Families Where Grace is in Place. Vanvonderen shares a couple of top ten lists on the subject of grace and shame. Today I am going to expand on the first half of one of those lists. The Top 10 Characteristics […]

Revealing Grace

I shared yesterday about God’s desire for us to lean into him and the speed of grace. On the flip side there’s law based living. The law is really quick. It’s do this or else. Law moves at the speed of light and then you burn out and have to start all over again. We […]

Week 18 Devotional: Jesus’ Sacrifice

“Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people.  He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.” (Hebrews 7:27) Have you ever wondered if Jesus’ death really was enough to pay for […]

Week 17 Devotional: Are You Found in Christ?

But do not think I will accuse you before the Father.  Your accuser is Moses on whom your hopes are set.”  (John 5:45)  Many people see God as a judgmental finger pointing God, but this isn’t true.  In fact, God placed all judgment against sin on the person of Jesus.  Because of this, God is […]

Week 16 Devotional: Spirit Without Limit

“For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.”  -John 3:34  Did you know that you have the same Spirit in you that raised Jesus Christ from the dead, that empowered Paul to preach the gospel all over the known world, and that allowed the […]