Notes from the Trail

A living masterpiece

A “spoken word” video by Jefferson Bethke amplifies the truth that we are God’s canvas, and supplements a sermon I preached at Northstar Church called “Selfless Self Love” in our r12 series.

10 Recommended books (that you haven’t heard of) #6

The sixth book in the series of “books to read that you’ve never heard” of is “Rare Jewel of Chrstian Contentment,” written in the 1600s. If you’re looking for a book that will help your heart find peace, this is a great place to start.

Full circle with a “straw cake”

A simple coconut cake brings life full circle. Check out the time lapse video of it being made.

10 Recommended books (that you haven’t heard of) #7

The next in the series of books that you haven’t heard of is.. “Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History.” Don’t rule it out. It’s an epic tale of the first three centuries of the Christian movement.

Many thanks to Northstar Church in our first five years

Northstar Church recognized us on Sunday, September 14 2014 for our five year anniversary of serving with them. The video they produced for the occasion captures our fun and enjoyment pretty dead-on.

Ode to fantasy football

Before fantasy football was done on websites, it was a pencil and paper affair. This epic post recounts the evolvement of the “Sport” and Jeff’s shenanigans along the way to winning a few championships.

10 Recommended books (that you haven’t heard of) #8

It’s the kind of writing that makes one a lover of history. The 1927 Mississippi flood didn’t change the course of the river (it was that big!), it changed the course of our nation and the destiny of towns up and down the river. This is another entry in the “10 Recommended books (that you haven’t heard of)”

10 Recommended books (that you haven’t heard of) #9

This entry continues a series of posts about “Ten Books That You May Not Have Heard Of” in which I recommend some wonderful, but obscure books. This post is about an out-of-print, 1945 tale of a young Baptist preacher and his wife struggling in their first church.

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

This entry begins a series of posts about “Ten Books That You May Not Have Heard Of” in which I recommend some wonderful, but obscure books.

For Christians, remember that the Gospel is “news”

Many Christians don’t share their faith verbally because they don’t know where to start. Christianity is news before it’s ideas, according to pastor John Piper. So be like detective Joe Friday and start with “just the facts.”

Nuff Said: Son of Hamas, Elders as Disciple Makers, Hipster Quitter, Caveats to the #IceBucketChallenge, the new face of the IMB,

Nuff Said is an eclectic collection of articles from the web that grabbed my attention. In this post: Matt Damon, David Platt, Hamas and hipsters. Intrigued?

Guest blog at Virginia Baptists’ site about “Super Center Savior”

Check out the Virginia Baptist website where they published a guest blog about the book “Super Center Savior.” The question I asked there is “What would it look like if the church had as much influence in your community as Walmart does?”

Are you ready for some football?! {Hog Edition}

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 my earlier post about the VT 2014 football promo, I didn’t want to leave my beleaguered Razorbacks out of the picture. They didn’t have a great season last year.…

Are you ready for some football?!

This exceptional video promo for Virginia Tech football 2014 will get you ready, regardless of your team of choice.

Lock it and love you

A simple reinterpretation of a phrase I hear a lot has improved our love life…

Ice Bucket Challenge

I take on the ALS #IceBucketChallenge.

What’s Your 5%?

Identifying what only YOU can do is an important exercise that will bring freedom to your thought life and focus to your relationships.

You can’t keep Jesus down

John Piper says, “For twenty centuries the world has given it their best shot—in vain. They can’t bury him. They can’t hold him in. They can’t silence him or limit him. Jesus is alive and utterly free to go and come wherever he pleases.” Read more…

Start with why

Simon Sinek says in a TED talk, “People don’t buy what you do but why you do it.” Do you know why you do what you do? Until you identify (and start with that), you won’t have the influence that you may think you do.

Can one be neutral toward Islam?

Is there such a thing as “radical” Islam, or is what we’re seeing “normal” Islam? It’s a matter of interpretation of Islam’s holy writings. In the end, one can’t be faithful to Islam and be neutral toward those who aren’t Muslim. How should we respond in a world of militant new expressions of this religion?

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