Breakfast on the Beach
The Development of Simon Peter
All too often, we attempt to reduce the gospel narrative to a set of theological propositions. However, our faith is not rooted in the abstract realm of thought but in the tangible, sweat and blood world where we live out our calling to follow in the footsteps of Christ. The gospel is full of the real-life struggles, fears, failures and triumphs of men and women just like us, and in this retelling of Jesus’s ministry as experienced by Simon Peter, Rev. Dr. Johannes W. H. van der Bijl invites us to encounter the gospel’s transformative power afresh.
Breakfast on the Beach is a harmonized, chronological retelling of the four Gospels that explores Jesus’s fourfold method of discipleship through its impact on his followers, especially Simon Peter. Harnessing the power of story, Johannes brings the gospel to life in new ways, emphasizing the relational nature of faith, discipleship and what it means to follow Christ – whether in first-century Judea or in our own lives and contexts.
Johannes van der Bijl captures big missiological concepts in an accessible way on the need to prepare the ground, to turn the soil, to ripen and sort out, to reap and to bear fruit.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
This book brought me to tears and laughter – occasionally concurrently! Jesus comes alive through Simon Peter’s eyes!
This is a remarkable book: part novel, part biblical exegesis, part discipleship manual.
The Most Rev. Dr. B. A. Kwashi
Anyone who wants to follow Jesus today, and help others on that path as well, will find plenty of inspiration in Breakfast on the Beach.
Justyn Terry, PhD
This book is a gem.
The Very Rev. Henry Laurie Thompson III, DMin
I recommend this wonderful book for preachers and those who want to meditate and live Jesus’s story.
The Rt. Rev. Samy Fawzy Shehata, DTh
Simon Peter and the disciples have become as real to me as my colleagues are today. I feel as if I have lived and learned with them, albeit we are separated by two-thousand years of history.
The Rt. Rev. Luke Pretorius
It is a compelling work because it does what all Christian books should do – point us to Jesus.
The Very Rev. Andrew C. Pearson, Jr.
Read it as a story, read it as theology, read it as a call to faith – it is all of these.
Rev. Mark Oxbrow
This is more than just a book: it is wisdom distilled on Bible-rooted expositions.
Ven. Lasarus Ngube
If you are a church leader, consider reading this book once a year for the rest of your life.
Bishop Vicente Msosa
I have heard the gospel afresh as I read this book. It is a must-read for all.
The Rt. Rev. Francis M. Matui
As I immersed myself in this imaginative retelling of the Jesus story, I encountered the words and actions of Jesus in a new way.
Crafted with care and told with passion, this story of Peter – however familiar – is a page-turner.
Havilah Dharamraj, PhD
Johannes van der Bijl manages a masterpiece of synergy between academic exactitude, historical chronology, biblical narrative, gospel synthesis, pastoral counselling, leadership training, and mission strategy all in one book!
The Rt. Rev. Alfred Cooper
This book will help all who desire to grow in grace and truth and be more fruitful and faithful disciples of Jesus.
Bishop Ken Clarke
This book has both folkloric and visual iconographic sensibilities appealing to cultures and societies around the world, particularly in Africa.
My perspective of the Apostle Peter will never be the same after reading this inspirational and deep reflection of the life of Peter and the teachings of Jesus.
Archbishop Foley Beach
Table of Contents
- Part I: Preparation and Planting
- Tilling and Sowing
- First Impressions
- The Turn of the Tide
- Part II: Nurturing and Nourishment
- Learning to Follow
- Mercy, Not Sacrifice
- Narrowing the Focus
- A Sense of Confusion
- Beyond the Borders
- Of Lambs and Wolves
- Challenging Prejudice
- Progressive Sight
- Part III: Ripening and Reaping
- Paradigm Shift
- The Measure of Greatness
- Light in the Darkness
- The Shepherd and His Sheep
- Counting the Cost
- Losing to Find
- Kingdom Life
- The Right-Side Up
- In the Shadow of the Cross
- The Gathering Storm
- Into That Dark Night
- No Greater Love
- All Things New
- Breakfast on the Beach
- Part IV: Reproduction and Replacement
- Bearing Much Fruit
- Appendix: Timeline