Notes from the Trail

The gift of eternal words made personal – get a journaling Bible

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!Last March for Sam’s 16th birthday, I gave him a Bible. Not just any Bible, but I gave him my Bible. It was a journaling Bible I bought several years…

Happy birthday to me

Today I turn 46. I think that safely qualifies me as middle age. I have no crisis at present, but they’re relatively easy to manufacture, so I can put that off for a last minute project – like cramming for an exam. Over the last few days, my inner gratitudeometer has been knocking the far…

‘Nuff said: Fake friends, wrecking friends, loss of interaction, Hello-my name is Church

We’re not friends and that’s ok Kyle Stiemsma nails it when talking about the tendency we sometimes have in an awkward encounter to make small talk when both people know that we’re just making small talk. He exposes it and then asks if we’d treat Jesus that way. Some Christians have this idea that they…

Reflections on “Explicit Gospel” by Matt Chandler

I mentioned in this post that I’m beginning the new year by reading Matt Chandler’s book Explicit Gospel and invited anyone who’s interested to join me. This blog post will serve as an anchor and a conversation point. I’ll be periodically leaving thoughts, quotes and responses to what I’m reading in EG here. It’s an anchor,…

Dude Perfect from Reunion Tower

These guys make me proud to be an American.. Like this:Like Loading…

Join me on a 7-day Bible reading plan

Join me in a seven-day Bible reading plan and/or reading Matt Chandler’s “Explicit Gospel” book.

Happy New Year and everlasting love

It’s 2014. Doesn’t feel much different than yesterday, does it? Don’t let the past 24 hours fool you. This year, the days in front of you, are the most important days you’ll ever live. What you do over the next 365 days will shape your future. The small decisions you make every day this year…

The Noble family flight saga

More on the Noble family travel curse. And getting kicked out of a terminal in the Houston airport.

Still in the airport… Q&A

I posted this on Twitter and Facebook this evening after we learned that our flight to Houston is planned for 2:00 a.m. Yes, that’s a.m. Sooo… what to do in the Charlotte airport after everything closes and your flight doesn’t leave until 1:45a? Ask me a question, and I’ll blog you a response. Here’s the…

The Noble family flight curse

This post is a tag team between me and Adelyn. We’re posting from the Charlotte airport.. Jeff It never fails. Anytime our family attempts to stretch our wings and fly somewhere, we get clipped. Today was supposed to be so simple. Catch a flight out of Charlotte, ultimately landing in Midland, TX where we would…

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

You’ve got to see this video by the Skit Guys. We showed it in church last Sunday night: Like this:Like Loading…

Happy Christmas Eve

Reflections on a jet-speed Christmas season on the night before…

Merry Christmas from the Nobles

The 2013 Noble family Christmas card and letter..

Top Books I Read in 2013

GoodReads has a nice little tool for seeing how many books you read each year. I read 42 books in 2013. Here’s the ones that make the top of the list. Click on the link for the review. Boring by Michael Kelley The Case for Antioch: A Biblical Model for Transformational Church by Jeff Iorg…

Merry Christmas from Chuck Norris.. on an airplane. Kinda.

“In this parody of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s very impressive split between two moving Volvos, Chuck Norris shows us how it’s really done.”

The Flap about Phil – Duck Dynasty and its future with A&E

Unless you’ve had your head under a rock – or been in the duck blind – you are aware of the furor generated by a few isolated comments in an otherwise well-written and gracious article about Phil Robertson in GQ magazine. What’s ruffled feathers are Phil’s comments and viewpoint about homosexuality. Here are the two…

Christmas Jammies viral video

Wow. I so wish I could convince Carolyn and the kids to do a Christmas card video next year… Here’s one family’s that you need to see: Like this:Like Loading…

Still using Facebook..

Regrettably, I am still using Facebook. Although my teens are not. Falling Facebook users among teens has been well documented, and one day, their antipathy for the social network will render it obsolete. In the meantime, it’s not hurting for users. I’ve done my best to cajole, bribe (want a muffin?) and convince people to…

When I sold one book

Last Saturday I did a book signing for Super Center Saviorat the Lifeway Store in Roanoke, Virginia. I was impressed with the professionalism and kindness of the staff there. Having done a book signing at Barnes & Noble this year, I didn’t know what to expect from Lifeway. The place was packed with Christmas shoppers.…

Devotional on Matthew 2.1-10

When we had to cancel church Sunday due to inclement weather (which never inclemented), we used Ustream to do a live video broadcast from my living room to share with Northstar Church and guests. Here’s the devotional thought from Matthew 2.1-10. I forgot to hit record for the first 3-4 minutes, but they were mostly…

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