Notes from the Trail

Health update 2014

My wife has been fighting cancer and auto-immune health related issues for over 20 years. This is the latest in our ongoing medical journey. It’s also your invitation to join us in prayer.

Review: The Hole in Our Holiness

Jeff offers a brief review of Kevin DeYoung’s book “A Hole in Our Holiness.” The book should be added to your reading list for intentional spiritual growth.

Observations from Mark

This entry contains regular reflections from the gospel of Mark in the New Testament, and it collects quotes and observations from others about selected passages as I read through the gospel.

Happy birthday to the book..

Today is the two-year anniversary of Jeff’s book “Super Center Savior.” This entry is a re-post from the Virginia Baptist blog about how the church can learn a lot from Walmart greeters. Also, see the book drop video by NYT best-selling author and friend Kiera Cass!

Two year anniversary of publication

Getting ready for the two-year anniversary of “Super Center Savior’s” publication, Jeff reposts a guest blog about the book written for Virginia Baptist’s website.

What my kids do when they get home from school

What does a day at the Noble house look like when Jeff’s kids get home from school? Follow this amazing, fast-paced entry and learn how to win an iPhone 6 plus. (OK, I made that last part up, but still, you need to read this.) features “I’m a Bielemer” video in SEC Sing-off

The latest updates from the “I’m a Bielemer” song that we rewrote over Thanksgiving and produced with Ben Coulter about the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. It’s now featured on, and Ben got to sing the song on “Good Morning, Arkansas!”

Snow Fall

During the winter of 2009-10, a sledding expedition went badly wrong for Jeff. Fortunately for you, it was caught on video.

Thanksgiving past

You can’t give thanks without thinking back. This post chronicles some thanksgivings past. Dive in and recall with me red socks, Arkansas football, movies, technology mishaps and Juanita’s Peanut Brittle.

Jumping on the bandwagon with “I’m a Bielemer”

How does one start their Thanksgiving break in Arkansas? By re-writing a Monkees song and shooting a music video about the Razorbacks with country singer Ben Coulter. Watch “I’m A Bielemer” here.

10 Recommended Books (that you may not have heard of) #4

Back to the “recommended books that you probably haven’t heard of” series with… Frank Peretti’s “This Present Darkness.” If you’re under 35, you most likely haven’t heard of this book that sobered Christians to spiritual realities in the late 1980s.

Ode to a staff team

Ministry is definitely not fun and games. There are many long, hard days. However, when you are surrounded by a great team of leaders, joy is around each corner. This is a brief tribute to the Northstar Church staff team.

Review: The Insanity of Obedience

Is spiritual persecution missing from your life? You might want to consider the implications. Check out this ongoing review of Nik Ripken’s book “The Insanity of Obedience” for challenges and insight about global discipleship.

Nuff said: Saving Daylight, the church “stand and greet time,” the iPhone cone, why go to church and more

In this “Nuff said” entry, you’ll learn about the new movie “Saving Daylight,” why people hate the church “stand and greet time,” the iPhone cone, and you’ll hear why you should go to church. Heck, you’ll even get tips on writing. So drop by and read, comment and share.

12 things it’s important to know about me

On a cold, rainy Halloween night, Jeff dashes off twelve things you should know about him. Prepare for random and a chuckle or three.

Top 5 conspiracy theories in light of the midterm elections

Midterm elections are just around the corner, and here’s a hat tip to 5 conspiracy theories related to current political realities. Ranging from President Obama’s birth certificate to his religion and including climate change and the homosexual voting bloc.

What am I running from?

It’s strange to consider myself a “runner” or “jogger,” but here are some thoughts about it six months into the activity. I get to talk about cannabis and “the catchy quality of pop songs by jilted adolescents.”

Nuff said: Fix annoying iOS 8 tidbits, charts!, the world’s largest religion, why working from a coffee shop may not be a good idea

In this collection of tidbits from around the net, learn how to fix annoying iOS 8 tidbits, see some amazing charts, do you know the world’s largest religion?.. and why working from a coffee shop may not be a good idea.

The song I wrote

This post features a song I wrote a while back that climbed the charts quickly and has become the working person’s chorus. “Tired and Hungry” – You’re welcome.

10 Recommended Books (that you may not have heard of) #5

#5 in the series of “books to read that you’ve never heard of” is “The Gifts of the Jews” by Thomas Cahill. It’s readable, warm and winsome. You’ll be done before you know it due to Cahill’s writing style.

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