Revisiting <i>The Shack</i>

How do Papa, Jesus, and Sarayu compare to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

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William Young’s bestseller The Shack has riveted many readers even as his controversial characterization of the Trinity has concerned some theologians. One seminary president said “this troubling book” contains “undiluted heresy.” Exploring the mysteries of God through the crucible of pain can lead to unexpected breakthroughs. But we must always be careful to test our thoughts by the standard of Scripture.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 7:7–11; John 10:17–18; Romans 5:1–5; Ephesians 1:11–14; Galatians 3:29–4:7; Hebrews 12:3–11


    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: God is a good Father we can fully trust.
Teaching point two: God’s only Son, Jesus, gave his life in order to restore our relationship with the Father.
Teaching point three: God has sent the Holy Spirit to secure the relationship made possible by Jesus’ suffering.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Recommended Resources


    • “Taking The Shack to the Shed” by Brandon O'Brien
     (, June 2008)

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