I am in a vacation situation that I find myself every year. "Use it or loose it". If I don't use my vacation, I forfeit the ability to use it... The nice thing is that Qwest encourages you not to "loose it" and, honestly, is pretty generous with their time off (vacation and sick).
That being said, I am home this week and really only take three days of vacation. Yesterday, I spent time getting my computer backup in order (I now have the Mac "Time Machine" running against a non-Apple networked drive). Today, I started off listening to a couple of great messages from William Paul Young, the author of "The Shack".
You see, a couple of weeks ago, my new friend Elizabeth, who rides the bus I ride some mornings, mentioned that she had listened (or at least downloaded) these after she found out that William Young had spoken at Crossroads Church in Denver.
If you don't know, "The Shack" is a book that Young describes as a "parable". It describes his relationship with his father and the journey back to seeing a loving God. This is a book that I resisted reading because so many people said it was good. A friend gave it to me after she gave up on reading it (she didn't like it). I loved it. Marj loved it. I understand why all the hype.
This isn't, at least directly, a post about the book, however. First, I want to invite you to listen to the messages that William Paul Young gave. You can get them here but I'll let you cheat and get them here and here (the same spot, just direct links).
Second, I am always amazed how God guides you into more and more understanding of him and his ways, often without asking for it. A question pops up, God will guide you to an answer... Listening to these messages were one of those times. Not necessarily for me but it does address some things I have thought about and that friends have talked to me about. I'll warn you, however, that Young is all over the map on what he talks about. for me that is a good thing.
Now, new questions, like what's up with 1 Peter 3:18-22?