I was so excited to find The Shack Revisited: There Is More Going On Here than You Ever Dared to Dream in my Kindle this week. I ordered the pre- release months ago.
I have enjoyed over 100 hours of Baxter Kruger teachings from Perichoresis Ministries and I wanted more.
When you combine Baxter’s Bible knowledge, wonderful Mississippi accent, deliverance from Calvinist upbringing, love of C.S. Lewis, and insights into the Early Church Fathers–one hundred hours is not nearly enough. I am pleased to say The Shack Revisited delivers.
Watch this video to find out more about Baxter’s background and theology.
The Shack by William P. Young (better know as Paul) has received a lot of controversy (see Is the Shack Heresy?). I received my share of scoldings and hate mail by recommending The Shack on this blog (and I’m ready for more).
Most of the criticism is from misunderstandings (most arguments are not from the book but from rumors, twisted book excerpts, or blatant lies from pulpits). I have read the critics, most find fault with the following:
- The majority of the people who vocalized objections to The Shack are Calvinists teaching salvation is NOT for everyone–they believe God created some to go to hell. Of course they won’t like a book teaching God wants ALL to be saved. (Not all Calvinist believe this but most 5 point TULIP believers do).
- One of the biggest knee jerk reaction is from the part of the book where God is represented by a loving Black woman. Before you catch yourself with your knee midair, remember Jesus told the parable of a woman losing and finding a coin as a depiction of God lovingly seeking the lost.
- They say “Young is teaching is Universalism.” This is simply not true. Paul Young is clear about this but consistently called a Universalist based on the misreading of one passage in the book. “Mack then asks the obvious question — do all roads lead to Christ? Jesus responds, ‘Most roads don’t lead anywhere. What it does mean is that I will travel any road to find you.’”
The Shack is not perfect- it is not the Bible. But it is an amazing story that shows God’s loving character. Baxter shines light on the theology behind the Shack –loving image of Trinity–that should (I pray) clear up many of the misunderstandings.
The Shack Revisited is much more than an explanation of The Shack. While Baxter addresses many of the book’s complex issues he weaves in several of his own stories and insights though years of Bible study, researching Church Father’s theologies, and his growth through Calvinist bondage to discovering and basking in the love of the Trinity.
I hope everyone of you will read The Shack Revisited. You will be blessed. (See links to several post I wrote about Dr Kruger’s teachings at the bottom of this post.)
Millions have found their spiritual hunger satisfied by William P. Young’s #1 New York Times bestseller, The Shack–the story of a man lifted from the depths of despair through his life-altering encounter with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Now C. Baxter Kruger’s THE SHACK REVISITED guides readers into a deeper understanding of these three persons to help readers have a more profound connection with the core message of The Shack–that God is love.
An early fan of The Shack and a close friend to its author, Kruger shows why the novel has been enthusiastically embraced by so many Christians worldwide. In the words of William P. Young from the foreword to THE SHACK REVISITED, “Baxter Kruger will stun readers with his unique cross of intellectual brilliance and creative genius as he takes them deeper into the wonder, worship, and possibility that is the world of The Shack.”
An excerpt from The Shack Revisited
The Trinitarian Vision
From all eternity, God is not alone and solitary, but lives as Father, Son and Spirit in a rich and glorious and abounding fellowship of utter oneness. There is no emptiness in this circle, no depression or fear or insecurity. The trinitarian life is a great dance of unchained communion and intimacy, fired by passionate, self-giving and other-centered love, and mutual delight. This life is good. It is right, unique, full of music and joy, blessedness and peace. Such love, giving rise to such togetherness and fellowship and oneness, is the womb of the universe and of humanity within it.
The stunning truth is that this Triune God, in amazing and lavish love, determined to open the circle and share the trinitarian life with others. This is the one, eternal and abiding reason for the creation of the world and of human life. There is no other God, no other will of God, no second plan, no hidden agenda for human beings. Before the creation of the world, the Father, Son and Spirit set their love upon us and planned to bring us to share and know and experience the trinitarian life itself. Unto this end the cosmos was called into being, and the human race was fashioned, and Adam and Eve were given a place in the coming of Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son himself, in and through whom the dream of our adoption would be accomplished.
Before creation, it was decided that the Son would cross every chasm between the Triune God and humanity and establish a real and abiding relationship with us—union. Jesus was predestined to be the mediator, the one in and through whom the very life of the Triune God would enter human existence, and human existence would be lifted up to share in the trinitarian life.
When Adam and Eve rebelled, ushering in chaos and misery into God’s creation, the Father, Son and Spirit never abandoned their dream, but wonderfully incorporated darkness and sin into the tapestry of the coming incarnation. As the Father’s Son became human, and as he submitted himself to bear our anger, and bizarre blindness, and as he gave himself to suffer a murderous death at our hands, he established a real and abiding relationship with fallen humanity at our very worst—and he brought his Father and the Holy Spirit with him. It was in Jesus himself, and in his death at our bitter hands, that the trinitarian life of God pitched its tent in our hell on earth, thereby uniting all that the Father, Son and Spirit share with all that we are in our brokenness, shame and sin—adoption.
In the life and death of Jesus the Holy Spirit made his way into human pain and blindness. Inside our broken inner worlds the Spirit works to reveal Jesus in us so that we can meet Jesus himself in our own sin and shame, and begin to see what Jesus sees, and know his Father with him. The Holy Spirit takes of Jesus and discloses it to us, so that we can know and experience Jesus’ own relationship with his Father, and we can be free to live in the Father’s embrace with Jesus. As the Spirit works we are summoned to take sides with Jesus against our own darkness and prejudice, and take simple steps of trust and change.
As we do Jesus’ own anointing with the Spirit—his own fellowship with his Father, his own unearthly assurance, his own freedom and joy and power in the Spirit—begin to form in us, while not diminishing but augmenting and freeing our own uniqueness as persons. The Spirit’s passion is to bring his anointing of Jesus to full and personal and abiding expression in us as unique persons, and not only in us personally, but in our relationship with the Father in Jesus, and in our relationships with one another, and indeed with all creation, until the whole cosmos is a living sacrament of the great dance of the Triune God.