Notes from the Trail

Destination Durmitor

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!I just got permission from Jack Brauer to post one of his pictures of Zabljak with Mount Durmitor looming above. Jack is a mountain photographer based out of Colorado. You’ve…

Nuff said: Bad news believers, hashtag diplomacy, silver bullet of discipleship, single and satisfied?, kids sports, Kid President

Nuff said is a random collection of things I’ve noticed on the web. This entry features the manipulation of stats by Christian leaders, a political cartoon about hashtag diplomacy, discipleship, singleness, kids sports and impact on church attendance, and a reminder from Kid President.

Review: Beautiful Outlaw

Read it anyway. That’s my recommendation. The first part of the book is so good, so beautiful and so descriptive of Jesus as a real person that it will provoke much thought and, I believe, lead you to deeper affection of and obedience. It’s the last part, where John tries to show a person how to relate to Jesus, that needs to be read with discernment. There are some real nuggets here as well, but you’ll need a shovel to dig them out at times.

Provoke wonder this Easter

IF you invite people to consider Jesus, they won’t be disappointed. Confused? Perhaps. Doubtful? Often. But not disappointed. He’s too amazing for that. A vast majority of people will respond to your invitation to attend church with you on Easter. They’re willing to consider and experience this “religious holiday.” They expect you and your church…

Review: Deep & Wide, Part 2

Part 2 of the review of Andy Stanley’s book “Deep & Wide..” We must learn to think deeply again. We’ve become like the “Modern Family” sitcom in our ecclesiology – adrift and in reaction mode to what’s happening around us. We have no strategy and act like we have no mission. We’re simply in our church living rooms spouting off one-liners and have become the slapstick of society. Our youth and college students struggle to apply (or even know) scriptural principles to living and decisions.

Jesus, a shrewd Messiah

From John Eldredge in Beautiful Outlaw: “Oh how hard it is to rescue the human heart, to dislodge it from it’s chosen means of survival without toppling it into resignation, despair or defensiveness. Jesus won’t take the shortcut of a power play. He doesn’t force anyone to follow Him.” The chapter called Cunning is a…

Nuff said: Noah and Tim Tebow, Repenters, Driscoll’s apology, Let it go-please, abortion speech, Urkaine, and help for those who don’t want to raise their hands in worship

In this “nuff said” entry, read about: Noah and Tim Tebow, Repenters, Driscoll’s apology, Let it go-please, abortion speech, Urkaine, and help for those who don’t want to raise their hands in worship.