Notes from the Trail

Quote: Your Kids Need Spiritual Heroes

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Feel free to leave comments. Your participation enriches the site!The gospel is impressed on children by what they see in parents and leaders: thus, those who lovingly live a godly life in front of children are heroes. If children…

Am I a runner now?


I’ve been running for 18 months, and it’s surreal to describe myself as a “runner.” The moniker just doesn’t seem to fit. However, it’s a regular discipline and has become an activity that I enjoy for its benefits. Here are a few things this new runner has learned.

Merry Christmas from Starbucks… or not?

Why in the world would people quibble over Starbucks Christmas cups being solid red? Get the brews here.

Nuff Said: Why Churches Should Stay Home on Halloween, Photoshop Alternatives, Dumb Ideas About Jesus, The Power of Next, Discipleship DNA, What Ben Carson would do first if elected President

Nuff Said is a collection of saved entries from across the interwebs. Here are some interesting, provocative and fun things for your reading and viewing: Why Churches Should Stay Home on Halloween, Dumb Ideas About Jesus, The Power of Next, Discipleship DNA, What Ben Carson would do first if elected President

Honor those who fear the Lord


Psalm 15:4 says we should honor those who fear the Lord. Jeff attempts to do so in an entry of thanksgiving for those who have nudged him closer to Jesus.

A used Jeep as an expression of God’s love

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Find out how Jeff discovered a practical expression of God’s love – almost exactly 24 hours after preaching about it.

When will football catch up with Kevin Kelley?

He’s been featured in so many sports articles and newscasts now. He’s known as “The Coach Who Never Punts.” Kevin Kelley is the football coach of my alma mater, Pulaski Academy, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ironically, they are the Bruins (same colors and mascot name as Blacksburg). I wrote about him back in 2007 on…

College bound


This week, Blacksburg is crazy. The college students at Virginia Tech are moving in/back. We’ve seen several families already eating out together and walking downtown. We’re about to be one of those families… in Charlotte. Last night, I sat beside the bed of my 18 year-old and told him, “I’ve been telling you I love…

Observations from Colossians


This post is an ongoing one about my study through the New Testament book of Colossians. In it, you’ll find reflections, thought bombs guaranteed to demolish faulty and shallow thinking and even some wonder.

The glorious power of looking back

Looking Back

Sometimes life is hard and difficult. We’re tempted to buy our way out of our doldrums – or medicate. What if the way forward is through “looking back?” Consider this passage from Psalm 77 as a way to gain strength and perspective on bad days.

Tell It

A simple post that issues a challenge to share your faith in Jesus Christ with your social media audience today.

Nuff said: A week later with the same-sex ruling

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This “Nuff said” entry is a collection of well-written, compassionate posts about the same-sex marriage ruling from a Christian perspective.

Review: Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices


In this review of “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices,” you’ll identify and embrace strategies for waging spiritual warfare. The book is written by Thomas Brooks (1608-1680), but he doesn’t write like an old dead guy. He sounds instead like he’s planted a bug in the war room of Satan himself and is spying on the enemy for our benefit.

The “Supreme” Court, indeed: thoughts on the same-sex marriage decision

The SCOTUS rules in favor of establishing same-sex marriage for the entire country. For the Christian, it’s not a time to preach doom and gloom nor wring your hands in anguish. Rather, it’s a time to commit to pray, to obedience and to loving boldness.

Happy Father’s Day


A happy Father’s Day entry to my dad. A laughter-loving, story-telling, dish-washing man’s man who has unfailingly loved me all my life.

Just Jesus

We live in a noisy world that demands your attention, and rather than contributing melodies of significance, Christians sing the tunes of culture. Consider this entry your challenge to share with the world about your faith in Jesus in a place the world is noisiest – on social media.

Picture: May 2015

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This is a cool service: Inkly. It sends you your Instagram pictures as a collage once a month. Here’s May 2015:

5 ways to break bloggers block

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If you want to write a blog post, but you’re just stuck, try these five suggestions.

Congradulations, son


I was 29. Carolyn was 26. We had been married for almost five years when March 18, 1997 landed us in Baptist Medical Center of Little Rock. This was the first time in our marriage that we were happy to be in the hospital. In fact, it was prior visits to and encounters with doctors…

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