Notes from the Trail

Preview: Boring

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!I’m privileged to be reading a preview copy of Michael Kelley’s soon-to-be-released book Boring. Here’s a quote from the opening that caught my eye: What if the whole idea of…

The Unfollowfest

I’ve been urged to create lists on Twitter, to assign certain followers to lists so that my Twitter stream doesn’t become unwieldy. In my continuing experimentation with social media over the last two months, I’ve arrived at another conclusion.. I don’t have to know what everyone thinks. And I don’t have to listen in on…

The Love Deficit in the Church

On Sunday, I had the privilege of preaching at Valley Bible Church in Radford, Virginia. The message was titled The Love Deficit in the Church. I began with “Bon Jovi had it right when he said, ‘Shot through the heart and you’re to blame.. You give love a bad name.’” The American church has given…

The Myth of Proximity

In Christian circles, you often hear the expression of  “doing life together.” In the past few years, German pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together has become an oft-quoted resource as well. Doing life together is the idea of spending quality, intentional time with others in order to encourage one another toward a deeper…

Some blogs to follow

If you’re stopping by more frequently now and are enjoying this thing called blogging, I’m just going to say “I told you so.” Let me offer you a few more enjoyable blogs to follow by people that I know: For some of you ladies, two of my college friends blog regularly at: Snoodlings (Amy) Carpoolqueen…

iPhone prank

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This may be one of my new favorite pranks. I was setting up Carolyn’s shortcuts on her iPhone. You know, the option that allows you to type in a short code, and the iPhone will fill in a phrase for you. I usually use “@@” for a shortcut for my email address. It saves a lot of time.

As I was creating hers for her, a random thought struck me and immediately got me chuckling. I set “at” to become “diarrhea.”

The pic is an example of what happened over the next several hours. When a friend finally texted her about an Instagram Carolyn posted with diarrhea. In it, she figured it out.

When she confronted me, it was impossible for me to keep a straight face. I guffawed. I snorted. She stared. “Fix it,” she said in an uncomfortably quiet voice. I did.

Wes likes repentance

Wednesdays are full days of meetings for me and our staff. It wasn’t so full for one of our interns named Wes this week. Our intern meeting with he and Maggie at 9:00 a.m. was, well, Wes-less. We texted to no avail. Wes just… wasn’t. “Where’s Wes?’ we wondered. It was weird. Staff meeting with…

Bible Reading, Day 214

I’m reading the Reading God’s Story: One-Year Chronological Bible reading plan at at YouVersion. Check it out here. Today’s reading was Nahum 1-3. “Keep your feasts, O Judah; fulfill your vows..” Thought: Purposeful annual repetition of religious events serves to anchor the mind and heart in past divine activity and bring reassurance for the future.…

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