Notes from the Trail

Easter timelapse


What happens when a church meets in the local high school for Easter service? Watch this time-lapse video that includes setup, worship and teardown.

The Easter Room

the easter room

It’s Easter, and you’re not a fan. The incredible stream of religious stuff flooding your life and apps this weekend bothers you. Can I tell you I understand? Yet, would you be willing to step into the “Easter Room” for a few moments and watch as a bystander what’s taking place?

Inner prayer


An inner prayer life is one that is self-consumed, with legitimate personal needs and issues. Growth in personal prayer happens when one progresses from predominantly inner prayer to a balance of outer prayer as well.

Prisoners’ letters to their younger selves

What is the result when a photographer asks prisoners to write a letter to their younger selves? The images in this project by Trent Bell are sobering and powerful.

Which image represents you on Facebook?

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Check out this series of images by Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski about our relationship to Facebook.

Moral Therapeutic Deism cartooned and lampooned


If you haven’t heard of Moral Therapeutic Deism, you will probably recognize it as a dominant religious philosophy in the West. In fact, some cling to it and claim it as Christianity, but it is a far cry from what the Bible teaches about faith.

Review: The Ishbane Conspiracy


This book review of Randy Alcorn’s demonic thriller “The Ishbane Conspiracy” helps one understand that a demon may not want to possess you but simply distract you from following Christ. It’s premise and the means used by the demon Ishbane are sobering.

Sermon in a slanket


When Northstar Church had to cancel their Sunday services due to snow, I may or may not have begun the sermon mini-series on “Deliverance” in a slanket.

Video: Snow day again…

Nashville realtor Adam Helton makes a perfect “snow day” video for parents of all ages…



The news from the biopsy is in… and we have an opportunity to cherish not good health but a good God.

Picture: Snowpocalypse 2015

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Nuff Said: Demise of blog commenting, Small Groups make a BIG difference, Questions for sleepy Christians, & 11 books we lie about reading

“Nuff said” is a collection of saved entries from across the interwebs. This selection features: the demise of blog commenting, how Small Groups make a BIG difference, questions for sleepy Christians, & 11 books we lie about reading

Moving toward knowledge: surgery

It’s the night before surgery and all through the house… not a creature is stirring, not even a… well, our high school senior is downstairs playing the guitar at midnight… A quick text message silenced that. Anyway, here’s a late-night update on Carolyn’s next health step.

Apples better than coffee

Another example of ordinary, everyday conversations at our house reveals how truth happens… and apples and coffee go head to head.

A personal prayer from 2009

A personal prayer from 5/11/09: “Help us proclaim the joy of Christ and His forgiveness from every deer stand, shopping line, football game and classroom – and blog.”

Video: Celebrating 2014

So it’s the last day of January 2015, and I’m just now posting a reflection video about 2014. It was that big of a year… and I’ve been that swamped in January. I loved putting this together – mainly because what I left out was just as fun to remember as what I included. The Noble family has so much to be grateful for!

Immeasurably more..

We are Amazed. Overwhelmed. Speechless. And thankful. The generous gifts, prayers and love has led to years of medical debt being paid off in less than a month!

Miracles in the mailbox

Often, we’d find money in our mailbox – literally. Sometimes it would have been mailed, and occasionally, there’d be an envelope with cash in it. On more than one occasion, it would be exactly what we needed. We began to call those heavenly gifts our “miracles in the mailbox.”

Nuff said: Cool air, on the wrong side of history, iPhone history, utilitarianism, Gmail helps, a heavenly visit?

The latest collection of “Nuff said” entries from around the net includes: a scientist from Little Rock on the Jimmy Fallon show demonstrating “Cool air,” the fallacy of the “wrong side of history” argument, a look back at the iPhone’s history, exploring the spiritual dangers of utilitarianism, a few Gmail helps, and debunking a heavenly visit.

A former paper boy

When was the last time you read reflections from a former paper boy? Jeff has had more issues than a… paper route. Here’s all the news that’s fit to print about his route with the Arkansas Democrat.

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