Notes from the Trail

Their Story: Sean Couch

It’s Guest Bloggers Weekish with the theme of “Their Story.” Meet a new friend and local pastor, Sean Couch, and hear about an experience that shaped who he is today.

Their Story: Jeremy Woodall

It’s Guest Bloggers Weekish with the theme of “Their Story.” Meet an old friend, Jeremy Woodall, and hear about an experience that shaped who he is today.

Their Story: Meet Rachel Wiseman

It’s Guest Bloggers Weekish with the theme of “Their Story.” Meet an Army wife, Rachel Wiseman, and hear about an experience that shaped who she is today.

Lost car keys and my mind

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Their Story: Meet Aaron Peck

Aaron Peck blogs at, and he’s the first featured guest blogger for Guest Bloggers Week-ish. The theme is “one experience that has shaped who are you today.”

Their Stories.. Guest Blogger Week-ish

Announcing a week of guest blogs here at in which the guests will be sharing about one experience that’s shaped who they are today.

The devil bed and the dream crusher

I had just picked Adelyn up from swim practice, and as usual, I tried to pass the time (aka asking questions to get her nose out of her phone). The question I came up with was, “What is one annoying habit that you have that you wish you’d stop doing?” “Biting my fingernails. Although sometimes…

Recommended: The Cove

A review of The Cove, the retreat site of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Training Center.

Old journals and new journeys

Reading old journals on a personal retreat provides confidence for paths ahead.

The Nelson connection

It’s a blessing and a little surreal to be able to serve in a church with an “old” friend. Welcome Neal Nelson to Northstar Church in Blacksburg, VA!

Photo: Waffle House with my minions

The kids and I grab a quick lunch before I head out for a personal retreat for a few days.

Cable boxes, tv tuners and pong

Today’s enthusiasm for new technological advances and devices is not greater than yesteryear’s. Consider three devices: the cable device, Pong and TV tuners.

Fret not

Is it time to hit the “impeach button?” Or is it a time to wait and support the President? This post examines the Bergdahl scandal in light of how one should respond with a Christian worldview to discontent with the administration.

Reflections on Montenegro

I’ve been back in the States for a few days now from a trip to Montenegro with friends. Carolyn and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary on Friday by eating (for the first time) at the famed Palisades Restaurant. It was amazing. As we drove north into Giles County, Virginia, Carolyn was ooohing and aaahing…

Skadar Lake

Today our Montenegro group explored Skadar Lake outside of Podgorica. We hiked a little used trail outside of the small village Revica Crnojevica, discovering old stone walls in the surrounding forested mountains.

Montenegro necessity

A quick run around town before the trip this morning resulted in these treasures. Most importantly, the passport and banana chips.

Destination Durmitor

I just got permission from Jack Brauer to post one of his pictures of Zabljak with Mount Durmitor looming above. Jack is a mountain photographer based out of Colorado. You’ve got to visit his site and look at his stunning shots – and order a few – as a way of saying thanks. By the…

Next stop: Montenegro – Help needed

On Monday, I’ll be flying out with four friends from our church to meet with a great friend who has moved to Montenegro. Part of former Yugoslavia, Montenegro voted for independence in 2006, and has since been envisioning and building its future. This South European hidden gem is one of the most diverse countries in…

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.

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