Notes from the Trail

Review: Deep & Wide, Part 1

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!Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley was one of the books I began 2014 reading with Dave Farris, our campus pastor in Pulaski, Virginia. Andy is the pastor of North…

Baptisms..

Watch the March 2, 2014 baptism service at Northstar Church, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Picking on pastors

It’s “our human proclivity for leader-worship” that is setting these leaders up for surreal success, and historically, Christians have never handled power and success well. A healthy path for us all when our celebrity pastors stumble is to pray rather than prey.

Nuff said: Majestic Hotel, smartphones and sleep, church signs, church history, imperialist Christian missionaries

The Majestic Hotel burned Over the weekend, the renowned Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas burned. It had been closed, shuttered up, since 2006, in desperate need of renovation and repairs. No one stepped up to do so, and in a tragedy of landmark significance, the resulting fire will dramatically alter historic downtown Hot Springs.…

No rules…

In much the same way that I read Matt Chandler’s book Explicit Gospel (see post here), I invite you to read with me Chip Ingram’s True Spirituality (previously published and titled Living on the Edge). I’m reading it in advance of using it as a resource for our small groups at church this fall. God’s…

Review: Explicit Gospel

I experienced sadness while reading this book. When I completed it, I distinctly remember shaking my head, thinking how I wish I’d had this resource in hand when I began serving in ministry as a 19 year-old. Chandler’s message is one for the American church that has allowed growth, family life centers, good works and…

Snowpocalypse Reports

We got hit with a major winter storm February 12-13, and here’s some live, on-the-scene reporting from the front porch and back deck of the Noble household. Like this:Like Loading…

Video Blog: January 2014

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I’m not like you

For years, I’ve followed a recommendation by Donald Whitney about a plan for meditating on scripture when I’m not following a specific Bible reading plan or doing a structured discipleship study. It was in a May conference for Arkansas campus ministers where I first heard him recommend reading Psalms and Proverbs in this way: Whatever…

Walking through the bookstore

Honestly, being a self-published author is tough when you’re in… a bookstore. You see, most of us never make it onto the shelves of a bookstore. Imagine the torture of that. One of my favorite places is a good bookstore. Before I had a book of my own, I never thought about it. Now I…

Nuff said: Extroversion vs Introversion, Are you naked?, Christian resolutions, Recommending books.. and more

Extroversion vs Introversion I’ve seen several articles recently reexamining the stereotypes of introverts and extroverts. Simply put, too many people make the wrong assumptions about their own strengths and weaknesses in life because they’re labeled (and many times self-labeled) as ex- or in-. The reality is far from a simple shy vs. outgoing. As Carol…

Sunday nights in the 70s

I was 10 years old in 1978. Sunday nights had two conflicting priorities in our household. One was church. The other was the Wonderful World of Disney. The conflict was one of epic proportions for kids whose families went to church, and every Sunday afternoon at approximately 5:17 p.m., the angst began.. A quick word…

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

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 ago for the purpose of giving to Sam on his 16th birthday. I’d filled it with notes, thoughts, underlines and observations about God’s Word –…

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

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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.

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