Cabin 17: Row, Row Your Boat

I just updated this chapter, greatly expanding it. Enjoy! By the time the morning clouds were burned away by the midday sun, I was good and hungry for lunch. Jesus suggested we head to the lake to catch our meal. “Jesus, I’m no fisherman, but my brother is a pro and he’s told me the fish bite best…

Cabin 06: Scenic Overlooks & Antique Shops

I’m sure you’re wondering what its like to go on a road trip and ride shot gun with Jesus. Several things stand out from that surreal ride to the Father’s Cabin. First, Jesus was in no hurry! We were being passed all the way there. “Why are people in such a hurry?” Jesus commented. “Even while heading…

Cabin 02: The Invitation

My heart nearly lept out of my chest with excitement. And yet the lump in my throat was hard to swallow. I was paralyzed with delightful dread at the thought of a personal invitation from Jesus. “What kind of an invitation?” I asked. Again, still wondering who the prankster was on the other end of the…

Thus saith the Lord, “Take a Vacation!” (Pt. 2)

The next time someone makes you feel guilty for taking a much needed vacation, consider sharing with them the following case for biblical rest and vacation. (Note: The following make the case for both a weekly day off (sabbath rest) and occasional extended vacations (a week or two)). We are a mess without sabbath. I think…

Thus saith the Lord, “Take a Vacation!” (Pt. 1)

I’m currently trying to enjoy some time away from work — for me that means church related stuff and ministry situations. My email ‘Out of the Office’ notice is on, and my voicemail alerts people that I am not taking calls. I asked our leadership team not just for a vacation (which typically means family time,…

WWJD: Go Sit by a Lake!

“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake” (Matt. 13:1). The Christian life is largely about imitating the spiritual habits and behaviors of Jesus. Now, many of Jesus’ teachings and practices are rigorous and demanding. E.g., “If you want to be my disciple you must first deny yourself and take…

VIDEO: the Sabbath

I came across this video by Jamie Schreiber on the Sabbath rest.  I discovered a growing collection of good videos by these guys.  If you like Rob Bell’s NOOMAs, you’ll want to check these out as well.  Enjoy!