Notes from the Trail

Jesus, a shrewd Messiah

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!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,…

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.

Rabbit coats

It all started last week when my cousin created a Facebook event page for his mom’s (my aunt Imie) 80th birthday celebration. The big shindig happened this past Sunday in Hamburg, Arkansas, at the Ashley County Museum. It was one of those special moments that stirred great memories. Here’s what I wrote in the Facebook…

Picking on pastors

It’s “our human proclivity for leader-worship” that is setting these leaders up for surreal success, and historically, Christians have never handled power and success well. A healthy path for us all when our celebrity pastors stumble is to pray rather than prey.

Nuff said: Majestic Hotel, smartphones and sleep, church signs, church history, imperialist Christian missionaries

The Majestic Hotel burned Over the weekend, the renowned Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas burned. It had been closed, shuttered up, since 2006, in desperate need of renovation and repairs. No one stepped up to do so, and in a tragedy of landmark significance, the resulting fire will dramatically alter historic downtown Hot Springs.…

No rules…

In much the same way that I read Matt Chandler’s book Explicit Gospel (see post here), I invite you to read with me Chip Ingram’s True Spirituality (previously published and titled Living on the Edge). I’m reading it in advance of using it as a resource for our small groups at church this fall. God’s…

I’m not like you

For years, I’ve followed a recommendation by Donald Whitney about a plan for meditating on scripture when I’m not following a specific Bible reading plan or doing a structured discipleship study. It was in a May conference for Arkansas campus ministers where I first heard him recommend reading Psalms and Proverbs in this way: Whatever…

Nuff said: Extroversion vs Introversion, Are you naked?, Christian resolutions, Recommending books.. and more

Extroversion vs Introversion I’ve seen several articles recently reexamining the stereotypes of introverts and extroverts. Simply put, too many people make the wrong assumptions about their own strengths and weaknesses in life because they’re labeled (and many times self-labeled) as ex- or in-. The reality is far from a simple shy vs. outgoing. As Carol…

Happy birthday to me

Today I turn 46. I think that safely qualifies me as middle age. I have no crisis at present, but they’re relatively easy to manufacture, so I can put that off for a last minute project – like cramming for an exam. Over the last few days, my inner gratitudeometer has been knocking the far…