New Epublication

December 27, 2011

My new epub book, Meeting God at the Shack: A Journey into Spiritual Recovery, is now available on both the Nook and the Kindle.  Below is the first chapter. _________ Chapter One What Kind of Book is the Shack? I will open my mouth with a parable, I will teach you lessons from the past. Psalm […]


Meeting God at the Shack: An E-Book

December 3, 2009

Now available on Kindle. I digress from my “salvation” posts to announce a new E-book. I will return to the salvation theme once my work load decreases a bit which is quite large at the moment as the semester comes to an end at Lipscomb University. Over the past year or more, I have reflected […]


Recreating and Reading

June 15, 2009

My wife and I returned refreshed and renewed from our lengthy vacation. We visited family and then cruised the beautiful waters of the Caribbean. The generous folk of the Sycamore View Church of Christ had given us a travel voucher from AAA in appreciation for our ministry with the church in 2007. We finally used it, […]


One Year at WordPress: The Most Viewed Posts/Series

March 30, 2009

My earlier attempts at blogging, before this past twelve months, were rather meager though I did post a considerable amount of material at my first site begun in September 2000.  I appreciate how the blog has been received by old friends and new ones. Thank you for your patronage. I hope our dialogue can continue […]


Jesus’ Eyes: Do You Know “the Look”?

October 30, 2008

One of the most vivid scenes in Luke is Peter’s 3x denial, particularly “the look.”          “The Lord turned around and looked straight at Peter” (Luke 22:61, GNB). The verbs are intensive, descriptive, and full of significance.  “Turned around,” which is actually a participle in the Greek text, involves twisting or reversing; it is turning the back 180% […]


Theological Reflections on “The Shack” V: Kenotic Christology

October 26, 2008

[My book on the Shack is now available on Kindle.] The term kenosis comes from the classic Christological text in Philippians 2:7. The Greek verb kenoo is translated “made himself nothing” by the NIV and “emptied himself” by the NRSV. The term’s literal meaning is “empty or pour out” but the metaphorical meaning is “humbled.” […]


Theological Reflections on “The Shack” IV: Trinitarian Heresy?

October 15, 2008

[My book on the Shack is now available on Kindle.] The portrayal of the Trinity in The Shack has come under two assaults from critics.  Some suggest The Shack teaches modalism while others believe it teaches tritheism. The fact that such polar opposite accusations are present in the blog-o-sphere indicates….well, it is interesting to say the least.  […]


Theological Reflections on “The Shack” III: Intimacy with “Papa”

October 13, 2008

[My book on the Shack is now available on Kindle.] One of the more striking dimensions of The Shack is the intimate picture Young paints of Mack’s relationship with the Triune God. This intimacy is portrayed through actions (eating, gardening, and cooking with God), language (“Papa”), and settings (lake, log cabin, garden). Relationality is at […]


Theological Reflections on “The Shack” II: An African American Female “Papa”

October 9, 2008

[My book on the Shack is now available on Kindle.] One of the most striking features of Young’s parable is his depiction of the Father. This has occasioned criticism at several levels. Is it idolatry to portray the Father in such a manner? Does the female metaphor undermine the biblical image of the Father? Admittedly, […]


Theological Reflections on “The Shack” I: Literary Genre

October 8, 2008

[My book on the Shack is now available on Kindle.] If you are interested in a pastoral review of The Shack, that five part series begins here. While some have perhaps read The Shack as an actual account, the title page clearly identifies the piece as a “novel.” This is a fictional story. Young himself […]