Notes from the Trail

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?

Faith is living in advance…

“Faith is living in advance what we will only understand in reverse,” says pastor Wayne Cordeiro in his book Leading on Empty.

Tozer on the inequality of all people

AW Tozer said, “The idea of equality among all men is totally unrealistic… Equality of opportunity should be granted to all; after that everyone is on his own.” He’s not talking about man’s intrinsic worth but man’s aptitudes.

Where your needs are met

Where you look to meet your needs can lead you to a place of burnout, frustration and apathy. If you’re feeling unappreciated or discouraged, perhaps you have been leaning on paper walls. There’s a releasing solution for you…

Happy 50th Anniversary!

My mom and dad celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 31! Leave a comment here or a the Facebook group to say congrats:

Nuff said: Trusting scripture, a Gospel without words, a Trader or a Christian?, Does Powerpoint help?, Be a people person, Selfies Anonymous

“Nuff said” is always a collection of articles around the interwebs that has provoked a click from me. In this edition: Why it’s important to trust scripture; can there be a Gospel without words? A Trader vs. a Christian, Does Powerpoint help?, Be a people person

Video: Do you understand the Middle East beef with Israel?

A quick video to help you understand the nature of the Middle Eastern conflict with Israel combined with ineffective (and even hindering) U.S. leadership may spark a conflagration unlike anything the present generation has imagined.

Review: The Selection.. and my inner middle school girl

I’ve never personally known a New York Times best-selling author. I’ve read a lot of their books though. Reading The Selection was a stretch for my genre preference. I’ll be honest. Knowing Kiera and being blessed in a multitude of ways by her family provoked me to read this book. Her son, Guyden, is one…

Visiting Heaven… for real?

Do you believe “Heaven Is for Real” because of a four year-old’s claims of a visit or because of the promise of Jesus and faith in the Bible’s teaching? Which prompts more inspiration and obedience in you?

Marry that girl?

A dad’s humorous, musical response to Magic’s song “Rude” has gone viral. It’ll be interesting to see if his video hits exceed the original music video.

Review: iPhone skin

I fully believe makes the best skin for your tech device. Read my review of their products here.

Preaching to diversity

How can a preacher preach to such a diverse collection of people on any given Sunday? Think about it. People in need of encouragement are there with people in need of rebuke. Mature Christians who “know it all” are gathered with beginners or even skeptics. How can one sermon accomplish so much… every single Sunday? Consider the words of AW Tozer…

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