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Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

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Top Posts of 2017

Here are the top posts from the blog in 2017. Which were your favs? Did you miss any? Leave your own vote for another post in the comments.

Freely received

It’s post-Christmas. Beware of how quickly society seeks to bury the manger underneath the mundane. As much as our culture wants Christmas to come, it wants the Christ of Christmas to disappear quickly. We have freely received – again. How can we freely give to keep Christmas alive?

Merry Christmas 2017

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!After a morning of coffee, breakfast casserole, and opening presents from one another, I’m simply… Continue Reading →

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.

Why I got rid of my iPhone X

The iPhone X. Is it truly innovative? Or is Apple guilty of tweaking? It *feels* like a new phone, and has so much promise, but new gestures and the facial recognition security made me finally X the X.

A Jesus Christmas

Trite Christmas expressions like “Jesus is the reason for the season” are true – but they lack the power of a personal expression of how much Jesus means to you. Sing. Declare. Proclaim. Here’s my own inadequate attempt to point to Jesus this season and to lend a note to the global chorus that Jesus loves me.

Four responses to Jesus at Christmas

Christmas is not just about Jesus. It requires RESPONSE to Jesus. Here are four responses we see in the first Christmas. What is yours?

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.

The humility of Thanksgiving

Embracing humility is the only path to experiencing true Thanksgiving. A leper can teach us more than a turkey.

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