Notes from the Trail

Why you’d better speak up, cherish and remind one another about the preciousness of religious freedom

I nodded my head through the article in World Magazine by Ken Blackwell. It was titled How religious freedom has become a non-issue in our country. Read the title again slow. Then imagine any single one of our nation’s forefathers or Revolutionary soldiers hearing that and not being dismayed. Religious freedom is a precious tenet from…

Put down your phone

This video will make you rethink and realize afresh how much that little screen in your hand is obstructing your vision of your world and the people in it. Have you given yourself guard rails to ensure that your device is not an intrusion into your life? What parameters have you set for yourself in…

Surprises about the unchurched

Thom Rainer shares some surprises that a recent study conducted by Lifeway found related to those who are not connected to a church. Our research project involved 308 men and women in the United States and Canada. Every person interviewed was deemed to be both unchurched and non-Christian. While we asked some pre-determined objective questions,…

D-Harmony

This video promoting disciple-making is a spoof of the E-Harmony commercials. It was produced by two of our staffer at Northstar Church. I didn’t get to see it before it was shown this past Sunday, and I truly laughed my head off. You’ve got to know Adam to know just how appropriate he is in…

On iOS 7 and pirates

I saw a tweet from Scott Duvall today that aligned with some thoughts I was having over coffee and scripture relative to our society, iOSes and pirates. @jscottduvall: More and more convinced that the driving passion of our culture is entertainment in all its various forms. Yesterday, the new iOS 7 was released. Social media…

A Boring Review

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 I’m insulting him. Yet, this is the boring book that you will want to digest, and you’ll find it anything but. Rather, it addresses all…

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…