Notes from the Trail

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…

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…