Notes from the Trail

A Boring Review

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!It’s not often that an author would’ve glad that I’ve read and reviewed his boring book. When I get to hash tag quotes from it as #boringbook, most would think…

Blogger down, blogger down

Aaron Peck over at Carp Dime is contemplating blogicide. I hope you’ll swing by his latest post and talk him away from the delete key. He’s been blogging inconsistently (haven’t we all?) for nine years, so it’s worth your 3 minutes to hammer out an encouragement comment. Listen to the desperation in his plea: Sure,…

Review: Ruthless Trust

Brennan Manning is best known for his book Ragamuffin Gospel. He passed away in April 2013. There may not be another Christian leader better known for his simple eloquence and consistent advocacy of God’s reckless and beautiful grace. His book Ruthless Trust urges followers of Christ to dig their fingernails deeply into the cliffside of…

Are the religiously unaffiliated rising in proportion to the rest of the population?

Put another way, we could ask, “Are the number of Americans who do not attend church declining?” This interview with sociologist Rodney Stark about his recent book America’s Blessings has prompted me to add it to my “to-read” list on BookLikes and GoodReads. One of the primary myths he seeks to erase is that which…

Preview: Boring

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 “ordinary” is a myth? And what if a life of great importance isn’t found by escaping the details but embracing them? What if God actually…

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…