Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

#Loveyourwork?

It’s wonderful when we love our work. But should it be an expectation or “norm,” or is it a blessing? And how can we be good stewards of our job-loving around those who may not enjoy theirs?

Need wind in your sails?

Sometimes we find ourselves “stuck.” We drift from initial discomfort to eventual despondency. We long for something to happen, for a break to come our way, for our circumstances to change. I’ve found one principle that has helped me immensely when I find myself in the doldrums.

Sunday mornings

Reviewing a sermon on Sunday mornings is more challenging when events like #Charlottesville demand a response. The message of Jesus is not less important for current events like these but more powerfully relevant.

10 Recommended Books (that you may not have heard of) #2

This is the 9th book I’ll recommend you to read that you may have never heard of… “Team of Rivals.” Abraham Lincoln’s leadership style was such that he was unafraid of competition or in-fighting. He selected leaders for his cabinet who had their own followings. He earned their respect, and he led our nation through its most divisive years.

Overseas again

I think every international trip that I have the privilege of taking is “the trip of a lifetime.” This trip to Central Asia, however, is profound AND enjoyable. From mosques to Ephesus, I am being reminded of responsibility to love all peoples.

Loving politics is easier than loving politicians

I still love politics, but this year, it’s hard to love politicians. I’d like to offer 10 points to keep political discourse healthy and wholesome. In addition, you must read Denise McAllister’s article “Voting for Trump Is Not Idolatry.”

Mowing to country music

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 last few times I’ve mowed, I’ve listened to country music. It’s been an amazing… Continue Reading →

“Not-Dating”

What happens when your daughter brings a guy friend over? Dad gets kicked out of the man cave…

Lunch convos: Camouflage in Blacksburg

Some of the most entertaining conversations I have are over lunch with co-workers. Welcome to another installment in the “Lunch convos” series. In this one, Neal bemoans the lack of a hunting culture in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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