References to: The Shack

Paul Young and C. Baxter Kruger: Discovering The Shack

C. Baxter Kruger and Paul Young

Paul Young and C. Baxter Kruger: Discovering The Shack

Author Paul Young, and theologian C. Baxter Kruger share about their collaboration and discuss themes found in Paul Young’s book, The Shack.

(28.0 minutes)
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C. Baxter Kruger

Dr. C. Baxter Kruger is the founder and the president of Perichoresis, Inc. and of Mediator Lures. He obtained his doctorate working with James Torrance in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is author of
     The Great Dance: The Christian Vision Revisited
     Jesus and the Undoing of Adam
     God Is For Us
     Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness
     The Shack Revisited

For a PDF of our all interviews with Dr. Kruger, click here.

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JMF: Thanks for being here. You’ve both been on the program separately before. Since that time you guys have met and you’ve been doing a lot of traveling around the world giving lectures, answering questions. How did you meet? How did this getting together for meetings around the world get started?

WPY: I’ll let Baxter take the first crack at that. It’s a great story.

CBK: Your guy Tim Brassell in Virginia is responsible for our first meeting.

JMF: The Grace Communion International pastor.

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Paul Young and C. Baxter Kruger: New Relationship with God

C. Baxter Kruger & Paul Young

Paul Young and C. Baxter Kruger: New Relationship with God

Author Paul Young, and Theologian C. Baxter Kruger continue discussing The Shack, religion, and the hope for a new understanding of relationship with God.

(34.6 minutes)
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C. Baxter Kruger

Dr. C. Baxter Kruger is the founder and the president of Perichoresis, Inc. and of Mediator Lures. He obtained his doctorate working with James Torrance in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is author of
     The Great Dance: The Christian Vision Revisited
     Jesus and the Undoing of Adam
     God Is For Us
     Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness
     The Shack Revisited

For a PDF of our all interviews with Dr. Kruger, click here.

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J. Michael Feazell: Great to have you guys with us.

William Paul Young: It’s an honor to be here.

C. Baxter Kruger: Good to be back, Mike.

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C. Baxter Kruger and Paul Young: The Shack Revisited

C. Baxter Kruger & Paul Young

C. Baxter Kruger and Paul Young: The Shack Revisited

Dr. C. Baxter Kruger and Paul Young talk about Dr. Kruger's book, The Shack Revisited, which examines the theology embedded in Young's original narrative.

(30.4 minutes)
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Biography:
C. Baxter Kruger

Dr. C. Baxter Kruger is the founder and the president of Perichoresis, Inc. and of Mediator Lures. He obtained his doctorate working with James Torrance in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is author of
     The Great Dance: The Christian Vision Revisited
     Jesus and the Undoing of Adam
     God Is For Us
     Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness
     The Shack Revisited

For a PDF of our all interviews with Dr. Kruger, click here.

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For a PDF of all the edited transcripts of our interviews with Dr. Kruger, click here.


For a PDF of all the edited transcripts of our interviews with Paul Young, click here.

Discussion Questions

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:

1. Please share your thoughts on the theology behind the engaging novel, The Shack.

2. How do you understand the opposition to the book if it is theologically orthodox?

3. Did this discussion help you understand the concept of “unconditional” grace? How?

4. Why do you think there is so much fear associated with the God of grace and acceptance?

5. How does the Trinity doctrine help you understand God’s eternal nature of love and grace?  

6. “Father, Son, and Spirit are loving me constantly to set me free to live in that love.” Thoughts?

7.  How did “the degree that there’s fear in my life; to that degree I don’t understand the love of God for me” impact you personally?

8. “God is flipping back and forth between being our judge and being our Father.” Comments?

9. Where do you think the idea of performance-based love originates, if not from God?

10. Please expound on the statement, “intimacy creates a higher degree of respect.”

11. Why do you think love and grace are superior motivators to fear and wrath?

12. Does the phrase, “God loves everyone” bring you joy or anger? Why?

13. “The incarnation allows us to be included in this communion; that we may participate in the Trinitarian life of God.” Please share your thoughts. 

14. What do the terms “inclusion” and “acceptance” in relation to the gospel mean to you?

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On this episode of You’re Included: Dr. C. Baxter Kruger, theologian and author; with [William] Paul Young, author of The Shack. They talk with us about Dr. Kruger’s book, The Shack Revisited, and the theology embedded in Young’s original narrative.

Our host today is Dr. J. Michael Feazell.

JMF: Baxter and Paul, thanks for being with us again. It’s good to see you guys.

CBK: It’s good to be back.

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C. Baxter Kruger: Theology of Paul Young's Book The Shack

C. Baxter Kruger

C. Baxter Kruger: Theology of Paul Young's Book The Shack

Dr. Kruger uses William Young's book The Shack to discuss the triune God's love for all humanity.

(27.7 minutes)
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Biography:
C. Baxter Kruger

Dr. C. Baxter Kruger is the founder and the president of Perichoresis, Inc. and of Mediator Lures. He obtained his doctorate working with James Torrance in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is author of
     The Great Dance: The Christian Vision Revisited
     Jesus and the Undoing of Adam
     God Is For Us
     Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness
     The Shack Revisited

For a PDF of our all interviews with Dr. Kruger, click here.

Learn More:

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In Dr. Kruger's first interview, he and Mike Feazell discuss Jesus' role as the center of all things, and God's plan for our adoption before the foundation of the world.

In his second interview, they discuss how Jesus has united himself with us, that the starting place of the gospel is that we are already included, and it is our choice whether to acknowledge and live in that relationship.

We also have three interviews with William Paul Young, author of The Shack.

For a PDF of all the edited transcripts of our interviews with Dr. Kruger, click here.

JMF: Welcome to You’re Included. We’re talking with C. Baxter Kruger, founder and director of Perichoresis.org. Dr. Kruger is the author of The Great Dance – the Christian Vision Revisited, and Across All Worlds – Jesus Inside Our Darkness. His books and audio lectures are available at TheGreatDance.org. More than a year after this interview, The Shack Revisited: There Is More Going on Here Than You Ever Dared to Dream was published in October 2012.

Baxter, thanks for being with us.

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William P. Young: How "The Shack" Was Written

William Paul Young

William P. Young: How "The Shack" Was Written

Paul Young and Mike Feazell talk about how The Shack was written, and that the nature of relationship is embedded in the Trinitarian character and nature of God.

(28.3 minutes)
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William Paul Young

William Paul Young is the author of the best-selling novel The Shack and Cross Roads. For an edited transcript of all our interviews with him, click here.

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J. Michael Feazell: A new novel has skyrocketed to the top of the charts, capturing the imagination of Christians everywhere.

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William P. Young: Is God a Christianized Zeus?

William Paul Young

William P. Young: Is God a Christianized Zeus?

Paul Young discusses the popular view of God as a Christianized Zeus or Gandalf-with-an-attitude as opposed to the loving Father portrayed by the “prodigal’s father.”

(30.4 minutes)
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Biography:
William Paul Young

William Paul Young is the author of the best-selling novel The Shack and Cross Roads. For an edited transcript of all our interviews with him, click here.

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JMF: Thanks for being with us again, Paul. And, by the way, you do like to be called Paul, even though your name is William P. …

WPY: It’s a family thing, my dad is William Henry, I’m William Paul, my firstborn is William Chad, and my first grandbaby is William Gavin.

JMF: And the thing you have in common is no one goes by William.

WPY: No. You know what’s funny is, I’ve had people recommend the book to me who are my friends, because they did not connect that I’m the Paul.

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William P. Young: Did an Angry God Force His Son to Die?

William Paul Young

William P. Young: Did an Angry God Force His Son to Die?

Paul Young points out the disconnect many people experience in trying to trust the “angry” God who requires his Son’s death.

(35.4 minutes)
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Biography:
William Paul Young

William Paul Young is the author of the best-selling novel The Shack and Cross Roads. For an edited transcript of all our interviews with him, click here.

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JMF: The view of God that you present in The Shack is a sound biblical perspective that strangely is foreign to the way many people have traditionally thought about God.

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