Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia


Church Chew

You’re too young

Our church here in Blacksburg, Virginia has seen growth in the last two years. It’s exciting, humbling and at times discouraging. How can great growth be discouraging, you may ask? Well, when the faucet is turned on all the way,… Continue Reading →

For those of you unaware, I’ve started a new website in cooperation with the venerable Darrell Cook. It’s called, and it’s already had 5-6 hits! We’re sure that it will bog down the internet as it goes viral. CP123… Continue Reading →

Read the book, people.

The March/April issue of Outreach Magazine listed six insights from interviews with Christians in America during 2010 (conducted by the Barna Group): The Christian church is becoming less theologically literate. Christians are becoming more ingrown and less outreach-oriented. Growing numbers… Continue Reading →

Don’t get hell wrong

Francis Chan released a video today that powerfully promotes a book he’s currently working on about hell. It is obviously a response to Rob Bell’s controversial book about hell called Love Wins. I can’t help but think of the words… Continue Reading →

Invite someone to your church for Easter

We’re so excited about the opportunity and joy of proclaiming Christ’s resurrection at Easter! Are you?! Did you know that studies have shown that almost 80% of people would come to church if they received a personal invitation? However, according… Continue Reading →

Building vs. Planting, Part 7 or Killing turfism by loving the lawn

Church planting may actually be one of the primary tools that we can use to kill the sinful selfish desire for achievement, recognition, or status. The quote above was how I ended the last entry in this series of whether… Continue Reading →

Leaving your church: Don’t insult a man’s wife

Don’t Insult a Man’s Wife As you consider not going to “church,” you must force yourself to consider the spiritual realities of your disassociation with the body of believers that the New Testament calls the “bride” of Christ. (Revelation 21.2,… Continue Reading →

Loving stops leaving

Don’t Go to Church; Be the Church. Our church has embraced this slogan with a whole heart in the past year. We were grateful for the graphics at the Faith in Action website and adapted them for our use this past year…. Continue Reading →

How to leave your church

I hope I’ve made a case for asking significant questions and considering eternal issues as you consider “leaving your church.” If you are just stopping in, scroll down to the bottom and read the first entries in this series so… Continue Reading →

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