Notes from the Trail

Observations from Colossians

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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

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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

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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

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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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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!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

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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…

Review: To Change the World

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This is a book review of “To Change the World” by George Davison Hunter. If cultural influence is something that you desire, this is a book you can’t pass up.

U.S. Christianity in decline?

This month’s Pew Report seems to be bad news for American Christianity. Is it?

Goodwill hunting

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A mistaken donation leads to Goodwill hunting… the victorious result prevented an unpleasant encounter with a librarian.

A new medical journey

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    Today we received surreal news. Our daughter Adelyn (15) was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Normally in our household, anytime we mention the word “medical,” we are updating family and friends about Carolyn’s health journey.It was an aha moment because she had been exhibiting several of the typical symptoms for diabetes, especially over the…

Easter timelapse

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What happens when a church meets in the local high school for Easter service? Watch this time-lapse video that includes setup, worship and teardown.

The Easter Room

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It’s Easter, and you’re not a fan. The incredible stream of religious stuff flooding your life and apps this weekend bothers you. Can I tell you I understand? Yet, would you be willing to step into the “Easter Room” for a few moments and watch as a bystander what’s taking place?

Inner prayer

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An inner prayer life is one that is self-consumed, with legitimate personal needs and issues. Growth in personal prayer happens when one progresses from predominantly inner prayer to a balance of outer prayer as well.

Prisoners’ letters to their younger selves

What is the result when a photographer asks prisoners to write a letter to their younger selves? The images in this project by Trent Bell are sobering and powerful.

Which image represents you on Facebook?

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Check out this series of images by Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski about our relationship to Facebook.

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