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6 Responses to “Acquiring a Taste”

  1. Bruce Jeffrey says:

    I like the idea of God as including both male and female. Makes sense, given that when he made man in Genesis 1, he made him “male and female.” Seems to strongly imply a Father-Mother.

    I think that thinking of God as a verb as well as a noun gives an expanding sense of him as well.

    On another note, I read an article by a physicist once that suggested that “infinity” and “eternity” are most easily thought of as “here” and “now.”

    Another thought that’s helped me along this line is the idea of “equipoise.” I read once that “equipoise” meant that all of God’s power was present at every point of his presence. No matter where we are, we have all of God at hand. There’s no way some of him could be gone.

    Once I was trying to help a group of leaders overcome a sense of scarcity. I realized that there a number of very important things they could never be short of: smiles, compliments, encouraging words, good will, gratitude.

    In the same way, we are never short of numbers. They are all present at every point in the universe.

    God as Father-Mother, God as noun and verb, God as always here and now, all of God’s power is available at every point–these all help me feel closer to the divine presence.

  2. walterdaviddisney says:

    SO let’s BE christian BEING…S!

  3. Hank Brown says:

    Eating together seems to be a dying habit for families overwhelmed with busyness. In a privileged moment for my wife & I, Os Guinness counseled us on the importance of being fully present. Among the many brilliant subtleties Young presents, “Papa” eating with Mack is a wonderful illustration of how our families ought to be.

    As the father of 4 girls, the Shack was very difficult for me to read – not quitting during the abduction was an act of discipline – enduring a nightmare. Young used the grip he had on me to stretch me beyond how I have imagined God and the metaphysical. Is The Shack a fact? I doubt it. But at the end of the story I felt reinvigorated for C.S. Lewis’ “scent of a flower” not yet seen.

  4. Tim Smick says:

    Did you happen to notice how Young’s portrayal of the Trinity also denoted the delight each part of the Trinity had in each other. In fact, I thought the interaction of the Trinity was the most fascinating part of the book. It sure got my imagination going.

  5. Jonathan Jones says:

    I have a friend who grew up on a reservation in South Dakota during the 50’s and early 60’s. His father had some type of government position there. His family was not Native American.

    Mike told me that is was common for members of the tribe to show up at 2 a.m. They would silently sit in the living drinking coffee with his father for up to an hour. Not a word was ever spoken.

    At some point they would rise and say, “Mr. Godsell, it has been nice being with you.” then turn and leave.

    This was an integral part of this tribe’s social interaction. It also shaped how Mike interacts with people.

  6. Dan McWilliams says:

    Dear Mike– I really like thinking of God as a verb. Most people hear, “I am that I am” as a noun. God is static, unchanging, a noun…But the person he IS in the revealed texts of the Old and New testaments is a very active, dynamic and relational God! So that makes a lot of sense to me.


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