Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia


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Slanket Sermon 2018

A snow day on Sunday means canceled church services, but it also has come to mean a Slanket Sermon.

Goal Accomplished! Storybook Bible

In November, I promoted a Bible translation project on #GivingTuesday. It’s exciting to see that the goal has been reached! Thank you for your generosity. Make giving a consistent part of your life.

Ginkgo leaves, $5 million and a church building

The plethora of ginkgo leaves in downtown Blacksburg, along with a $5 million gift to Radford University, got me thinking about my church’s building campaign… and what to do when we lack.

Giving Tuesday.. not a time for leftovers

A quick peek at the history behind #GivingTuesday reveals it’s a successful social initiative begun in 2012. Help foster generosity by giving yourself and then sharing about the organizations you’re supporting and why.

D28 – enjoying “small” in discipleship

Discipleship is essential for every single follower of Jesus. How are you involved in being discipled or in discipling someone else? Our church created a small group discipleship ministry called D28 that I have loved being a part of.

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.

Northstar Church’s 2016 highlight video

Check out the highlight video from Northstar Church’s 2016 year of ministry. It was shown at our annual State of the Church Sunday.

$1,000,000 for campus ministry by December 31!

Encourage your local campus ministry and/or the one that impacted your life the most! #givetwentyfive before December 31!

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…

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