Notes from the Trail

Just Jesus

We live in a noisy world that demands your attention, and rather than contributing melodies of significance, Christians sing the tunes of culture. Consider this entry your challenge to share with the world about your faith in Jesus in a place the world is noisiest – on social media.

Picture: May 2015

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5 ways to break bloggers block

bloggers block

If you want to write a blog post, but you’re just stuck, try these five suggestions.

Congradulations, son


I was 29. Carolyn was 26. We had been married for almost five years when March 18, 1997 landed us in Baptist Medical Center of Little Rock. This was the first time in our marriage that we were happy to be in the hospital. In fact, it was prior visits to and encounters with doctors…

Review: To Change the World


This is a book review of “To Change the World” by George Davison Hunter. If cultural influence is something that you desire, this is a book you can’t pass up.

U.S. Christianity in decline?

This month’s Pew Report seems to be bad news for American Christianity. Is it?

Goodwill hunting


A mistaken donation leads to Goodwill hunting… the victorious result prevented an unpleasant encounter with a librarian.

A new medical journey


    Today we received surreal news. Our daughter Adelyn (15) was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Normally in our household, anytime we mention the word “medical,” we are updating family and friends about Carolyn’s health journey.It was an aha moment because she had been exhibiting several of the typical symptoms for diabetes, especially over the…

Easter timelapse


What happens when a church meets in the local high school for Easter service? Watch this time-lapse video that includes setup, worship and teardown.

The Easter Room

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It’s Easter, and you’re not a fan. The incredible stream of religious stuff flooding your life and apps this weekend bothers you. Can I tell you I understand? Yet, would you be willing to step into the “Easter Room” for a few moments and watch as a bystander what’s taking place?

Inner prayer


An inner prayer life is one that is self-consumed, with legitimate personal needs and issues. Growth in personal prayer happens when one progresses from predominantly inner prayer to a balance of outer prayer as well.

Prisoners’ letters to their younger selves

What is the result when a photographer asks prisoners to write a letter to their younger selves? The images in this project by Trent Bell are sobering and powerful.

Which image represents you on Facebook?

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Check out this series of images by Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski about our relationship to Facebook.

Moral Therapeutic Deism cartooned and lampooned


If you haven’t heard of Moral Therapeutic Deism, you will probably recognize it as a dominant religious philosophy in the West. In fact, some cling to it and claim it as Christianity, but it is a far cry from what the Bible teaches about faith.

Review: The Ishbane Conspiracy


This book review of Randy Alcorn’s demonic thriller “The Ishbane Conspiracy” helps one understand that a demon may not want to possess you but simply distract you from following Christ. It’s premise and the means used by the demon Ishbane are sobering.

Sermon in a slanket


When Northstar Church had to cancel their Sunday services due to snow, I may or may not have begun the sermon mini-series on “Deliverance” in a slanket.

Video: Snow day again…

Nashville realtor Adam Helton makes a perfect “snow day” video for parents of all ages…



The news from the biopsy is in… and we have an opportunity to cherish not good health but a good God.

Picture: Snowpocalypse 2015

It begins.

Nuff Said: Demise of blog commenting, Small Groups make a BIG difference, Questions for sleepy Christians, & 11 books we lie about reading

“Nuff said” is a collection of saved entries from across the interwebs. This selection features: the demise of blog commenting, how Small Groups make a BIG difference, questions for sleepy Christians, & 11 books we lie about reading

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