Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

Mowing to country music

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“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.

Even if…

It’s hard to genuinely BELIEVE. Sometimes the night is most dark and the trials most deep that they obscure our vision. It’s in such moments that God is most near. We may not see or sense Him, but He is there. It’s the sweaty, relentless duty of our mind to recall and to remember His promises, by faith. Even if you can’t see, He is there.

God’s steadfast love

The steadfast love of God means that we can rest secure in our relationship with God even when we ourselves are not steadfast. Even when our circumstances are unstable. And even when our minds race with anxiety and fear.

Reflections on Good Friday, Easter and the Virginia Tech shooting

In our culture, April 15 is always awful, simply because it’s Tax Day. However, when the church calendar falls like it does today, this “in-between” day can be a day of sober yet joyful reflection. It’s in-between Good Friday and Easter. In addition, for those of us in Blacksburg, Virginia, it is a weekend of remembrance. It’s the 10-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings that killed 32.

Thoughts on determining God’s will

A sermon I preached on March 27, 2017 seemed to resonate with many, and I had a lot of comments about it from members and guests. I’ve provided a link to the sermon for listening, but here are some thoughts from the message about how NOT to determine God’s will (and also some thoughts on how TO determine God’s will).

5 reasons to invite someone to church

Many Christians don’t have the skills or confidence to have even low-depth spiritual conversations with people of different beliefs. Asking them to invite without a relational foundation—it’s like kissing before the first date. It’s unnatural and awkward for all parties involved. “If you have not taken the time to get to know me, why do you think I’ll go to church with you?” Consider these five reasons to invite someone to your church.

Surprising deliverance. Is Donald Trump similar to King Cyrus?

How does U.S. President Donald Trump resemble 6th century BC King Cyrus of Persia? If you want a quick history lesson and an interesting comparison, read on.

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