Outdoor Illustrations for “Death to Self”: Dry Streams + Dead Branches

Spending time in the outdoors is an incredibly eye-opening experience in that God’s Creation is full of illustrations that can teach us about deep spiritual realities. This reflection highlights two very common outdoor illustrations: 1) dried-up intermittent streams, and 2) dead branches.

Experience + Efficiency + Exposure = Rapid Decision-Making Skills

Outdoor leaders are life-long learners who engage in a variety of wilderness experiences where they are pushed to be efficient in the midst of repeated realms of exposure.

The 3 E’s of Rapid Decision-Making Skills in Outdoor Leadership

The wilderness is just dripping with opportunities to learn how to be a rapid decision maker. I have a half-baked formula for how to develop rapid decision making skills. It’s a combination between 1) experiences, 2) efficiency, and 3) exposure.

Outdoor Bible Study (Ephesians 2:1-10): “Spiritually alive” or “spiritually dead?”

How do you know if you are “spiritually alive” or “spiritually dead?” How can we enjoy the abundant life the way God intended us to experience?