Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia


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An interview with VT QB Logan Thomas

Our church’s college ministry hosts regular gatherings called Refresh for the express purpose of giving collegians an opportunity to draw aside from hectic schedules and simply enjoy life. On November 7, the evening was especially memorable as Virginia Tech quarterback… Continue Reading →

Networking and humility

Yesterday, I had the joy of being a part of a meeting with pastors from around the region who are interested in planting new churches. It’s hard to quash enthusiasm when the compelling vision is sharing the soul-quenching news of… Continue Reading →

Will the missional church fail?

Mike Breen, one of the leaders of 3DM, has a compelling article titled Why the Missional Movement Will Fail. In it, Breen explains that the reason is that emphasizes doing over being, mission over discipleship. I don’t know if it’s… Continue Reading →

Wrong worship

Jeremy Hart called my attention to this video. It’s a humorous look at self-centered worship – at least at first. By the end of the video, I was grimacing, because I fear that too often my own worship is remarkably… Continue Reading →

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 →

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