A year ago I was in the middle of a sabbatical. It was a much-needed time to step back from regular rhythms and take a deep breath. One highlight of that time was that I had the freedom to spend a great deal of time in the woods, which is one of the primary ways I reconnect to God. The last few days, I was privileged to go up north to an old hunting shack that's been in my family since the 1950's and wander the woods chasing after grouse. The woods are just beautiful, and the weather cooperated perfectly. What a gift!
Another highlight from my 2011 sabbatical was that I took time to focus in great depth on the theological teachings of N. T. Wright. A coworker emailed me this link today to a video of Wright's teaching. I highly recommend that you find twelve minutes to take a deep breath, set your browser to "full screen" if you can, and watch this video. Powerful stuff!