Notes from the Trail

The myth of bad marriages in the church

Are Christian marriages crumbling? Not according to this research. In fact, I believe that a marriage that is intentionally and consistently centered on Christ has a stunningly low, if almost non-existent divorce rate.

Nuff said: Bad news believers, hashtag diplomacy, silver bullet of discipleship, single and satisfied?, kids sports, Kid President

Nuff said is a random collection of things I’ve noticed on the web. This entry features the manipulation of stats by Christian leaders, a political cartoon about hashtag diplomacy, discipleship, singleness, kids sports and impact on church attendance, and a reminder from Kid President.

I love moms or something

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!Brilliant. Just brilliant. This was done for Mother’s Day 2013 by Jordan Weston, Andrew Dale, Chris Munch and the kids of Church on the Move. Happy Mother’s Day!

Nuff said: Social media help, smart phones and dumb people, ministry to youth on social media

“Nuff said” is a collection of observations. This post highlights social media etiquette that may impact a job search, things that make you look dumb on Twitter, Gary Turk’s viral video “Look Up” and some ministry tips for youth workers on social media.

The exploitation of your mind

Reflections from a devotional by John Piper. Our minds are being exploited… by our hearts. John Piper says, “..our deepest desires precede the rational functioning of our minds and incline the mind to perceive and think in a way that will make the desires look right.”

Podcast: We Six Kings

A few observations from Sunday’s sermon. Dale Ralph Davis said in his commentary on 1 Kings, “Sin is never creative but merely imitative and repetitious. Maybe you can sin with flair but you can’t sin with freshness. You can only ape what’s already been done. “

Video: Let It Go, VT style

These two guys – Ian Savino and Taylor Terrill – never cease to surprise me. But this is over the top. Love their rendition of Let It Go, and so glad they’re a part of our church and active in the BCM at VT.

D Harmony and Christian Tingle

Last year, our church produced this video called D Harmony for promoting and highlighting our discipleship ministry. Today, I saw that Tripp and Tyler had produced a video series called Christian Tingle. They have nailed the Christian dating scene. You’ve got to watch the first episode. And… you’re welcome.

Video: The Unmerciful Servant.. kind of

Matthew 18 : 21 – 34 | The Unmerciful Servant as told by kids.

Review: Beautiful Outlaw

Read it anyway. That’s my recommendation. The first part of the book is so good, so beautiful and so descriptive of Jesus as a real person that it will provoke much thought and, I believe, lead you to deeper affection of and obedience. It’s the last part, where John tries to show a person how to relate to Jesus, that needs to be read with discernment. There are some real nuggets here as well, but you’ll need a shovel to dig them out at times.

Videos: Easter Sunday Testimonies

These two videos were shown at Northstar Church of Blacksburg, Virginia on Easter Sunday. I’m grateful for these two who shared their faith stories and hearts with us.

Provoke wonder this Easter

IF you invite people to consider Jesus, they won’t be disappointed. Confused? Perhaps. Doubtful? Often. But not disappointed. He’s too amazing for that. A vast majority of people will respond to your invitation to attend church with you on Easter. They’re willing to consider and experience this “religious holiday.” They expect you and your church…

Let It Goat

And this is just what we all needed… HT: Vanessa

The road from Ironto

A side road back to Blacksburg is just what I needed to gather my thoughts, be reminded of my need for trust above clarity.

Review: Deep & Wide, Part 2

Part 2 of the review of Andy Stanley’s book “Deep & Wide..” We must learn to think deeply again. We’ve become like the “Modern Family” sitcom in our ecclesiology – adrift and in reaction mode to what’s happening around us. We have no strategy and act like we have no mission. We’re simply in our church living rooms spouting off one-liners and have become the slapstick of society. Our youth and college students struggle to apply (or even know) scriptural principles to living and decisions.

Jesus, humble? How?

The humility Jesus demonstrated is stunning and instructive.

Jesus, a shrewd Messiah

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, despair or defensiveness. Jesus won’t take the shortcut of a power play. He doesn’t force anyone to follow Him.” The chapter called Cunning is a…

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.

Preview: Jesus is a Beautiful Outlaw

A quick look at John Eldredge’s book “Beautiful Outlaw..” Eldredge helps us rediscover Jesus as a very real person. Yes, He is fully God, and yes, He is fully man, but as a mysterious both, God the Creator did not cast off His infinite personality to become a flannel board, neutered get-well card of a deity.

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…

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