Notes from the Trail

Honoring God-fearers


Last year, I wrote a post about those who “fear the Lord” from Psalm 15:4. I came across the post in my TimeHop feed today, and strangely enough, I’d read Psalm 15 this morning. I thought it appropriate to revisit the post and mention some of the people who have inspired me this past year.

Nuff Said: Tech companies trumping Trump, Helping authors, Pastors who ignore phone calls, ways for busy moms to be in the Bible, Frankfurter Sandwiches and more


In this “Nuff said” entry, learn about how tech companies may be trying to stop Donald Trump, how Barnabas Piper (John’s son) recommends that you help authors, why pastors may ignore your phone call, and a few ways for busy moms to be in the Bible. Oh, and you’ll get a great song for those of you who like hot dogs.

Obeying authority: on cops, violence and race


In days of violence against police officers and racial tension, we need to be reminded from the New Testament that authority is from God and that without love a nation will fall.

In response to a writing prompt


I was recently given a writing prompt challenge. I had to “Write a script to give telemarketers to sell plastic pooper-scoopers.” It’s rare that I get an excuse to write about poop, so I took up the challenge.

Nuff said: A tribute to millennials as college starts again


As colleges start in Blacksburg and around the country, I thought a “Nuff Said” post with a collection of entries from around the inter webs about millennials would be a nice tribute.

Lunch convos, Part 3


It was just a brief, hour-long lunch at a local Mexican restaurant, but the inane topics it spawned has led to a half-dozen blog posts. In this post, the Magic Eight-Ball is compared to Siri.

Lunch convos, Part 2


Ever wondered about the buttons in your car that you never push? In this random lunch conversation, a friend’s comment leads to VBU (vehicular button uncertainty).

Lunch convos, Part 1


There’s such junk on TV today. Surely there’s room for more. I’m convinced that if someone were to follow me around with a video camera, they’d have enough material by the end of every day to create a 30 minute sitcom.

“Hey hey hey” hair advice

What do you do when you meet a bald evangelist in the parking lot of a Mexican restaurant? You could make up hair jokes, or you could discover a magic pill.

Happy Fourth of July


From a wedding to kids camp for our church… to a house full of family from Texas… to zip lining.. it’s been a busy, fun, crazy week.

Are Southern Baptists the best denomination ever?


My faith “tribe” is Southern Baptist. I didn’t have a choice of what church to attend when I was a child. However, today I pastor a Southern Baptist church and am privileged to partner with other churches who align with the SBC. Here’s a few thoughts…

Surprise, you’re a leader!

The Old Moses-Provine Science building at Ouachita Baptist University
Flickr Credit: Trevor Huxham

Leadership is tricky. You’re not really leading if no one is following. While some may aspire to leadership, I didn’t have “leader” on my list of “what I want to be when I grow up.” At some point, it was sprung on me.

Discipleship substitutes

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!Last year I read A.W. Tozer’s The Set of the Sail, a collection of devotionals. One entry in particular really hammered the church during his day for its separation of…

Nuff said: Pastor ponderings

Credit: Ron Edmonson

“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. This particular entry focuses on pastors and offers tips for encouraging your pastor and tips for pastors surviving ministry for the long haul.

The inspirational quote


That inspirational quote? It’s really stupid. Think about it before you crochet it on your pillow – or post it on social media. It doesn’t matter how pretty you wrap it up.

Movie with Aaron: 10 Cloverfield Lane

This is my first collaborative (kind of) movie review effort about “10 Cloverfield Lane.” It was posted in its entirety on Aaron Peck’s blog. Before I embark on this new blogging direction of movie reviews, let me offer a few caveats. I have a very lowbrow approach to movies that causes much disdain among family, friends and coworkers…

Fighting sick

Click the picture for more info on Typhoid Mary

I don’t know if anyone else tries to fight off being sick, but here’s my phases of fighting sick. It includes trying to trick my body, denial, and finally assuming the fetal position.

Why I voted for Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday


I couldn’t believe it. I had voted in the Democratic primary. I’d never done that before. Here are my reasons.

Rushing for relevance


The formula for more blog traffic is to post about current issues and events, but I resist the temptation even though I want the traffic/notice/popularity.

A daddy-daughter date selfie fail


I recently went on a daddy-daughter date. There was a selfie shoot involved. And a selfie fail. And a video that explains it all.

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