Notes from the Trail

This Wal-Mart commercial is our life

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Are you complicit in complacency?

Complacency – a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements. Synonym: smugness. Complicit – involved with others in an illegal activity or wrongdoing Being complicit in complacency means contributing to and abetting others in the attitude of complacency. The image below nicely sums up what happens to companies who are complacent: Complacency is living…

Video: Book drop by Kiera Cass

It’s honestly a little surreal to know a New York Times best-selling author, much less be friends with one. Kiera Cass is the author of The Selection, The Elite and not-yet-released The One. She and her husband Callaway are leaders in our church, and recently Kiera produced a video for Staff Appreciation month that helped…

Is your church ready? An excerpt from “Super Center Savior”

As churches head into the holiday seasons, they’ll see a rise in visits from those who see religious service attendance as a to-do item during holidays. Is your church ready to serve, encourage and get them to come back? It may be simpler than you think. Check out this excerpt from the book “Super Center Savior.”

Plumb lines

An exercise that I encouraged our staff to embrace was to create their plumb lines for ministry. A plumb line is defined in the web’s free dictionary as: 1. A line from which a weight is suspended to determine verticality or depth. 2. A line regarded as directed exactly toward the earth’s center of gravity.…

Congrats to Adelyn!

Here’s the video from Blacksburg High School’s homecoming halftime. We’re proud of Adelyn for representing the freshman class. Like this:Like Loading…

Video: Pirates and Planes

Let me set this video up: We were preparing to go shopping. I was teasing my family about starting a video series called #PirateDad to rival the popular Vine #Batdad, when a plane that had been circling Blacksburg in preparation for the next day’s flyover of the Hokie game was heard returning. Carolyn had her…

NTP: new technology phobic and Digg Reader

Do you often experience gadget or digital dissatisfaction and find yourself trolling for a replacement for what you’re using? Check out this comparison between Feedly and Digg Reader.

Friday randomness: Facebook, Do you blog?, Missional clothing, Christianity’s juvenilization

Facebook fare I had another “I hate Facebook” conversation this week. It was with a friend who had seen a post that he couldn’t resist reacting to. That seems to be Facebook’s fare: reactionary posting. Before he cooled down, he had fired off what he thought was a thoughtful response, but it only served as…

Michael Jackson – still thrilling

It’s that time of year again, and the scaries are posting ghost rumors, mysterious photos and Sasquatch sightings. I apologize in advance, but this 2009 CNN news video of a look inside Michael Jackson’s home contains an eerie shadow down the back hall that appears like someone walking across the hall – perhaps even moon…

Wednesday laughs

Here’s a few videos for your laughing pleasure. HT: My mom for the head prank video Like this:Like Loading…

Pastoral Prayer

In Mark’s gospel, it says that after Jesus got into the boat from the storm and water-walking incident (Mark leaves out Peter’s dip), that “they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.” (Mark 6.52) {Oh Lord, may my heart be soft to Your activity so that I can grasp its implications…

Review: The Case for Antioch

Dr. Jeff Iorg is the President of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, but his book The Case for Antioch: A Biblical Model for Transformational Church is not a work that should only be read by students. Rather, it’s a book for practitioners. Whether you’re a small group leader, deacon, elder or pastor in your church,…

99 life hacks to make your life easier

Saw this link over on *gasp* Facebook. HT: Chris McMurray This article features 99 life hacks that are genuinely helpful – all in pictures. Here are two of my favorites:   Like this:Like Loading…

A pastoral prayer

{Father, plow my heart with Your truth and revelation so that it will be the ground from which springs a harvest that will bless Your people on Sunday.} Like this:Like Loading…

The medium matters

From The Case for Antioch by Jeff Iorg Like this:Like Loading…

Friday randomness: Spanish, stinging creatures, Blacksburg and videos

Fridays are normally my “day off.” It rarely works out that way, and this morning was no different, as I played catch up on emails and weekly org stuff that I missed while our church staff was retreating together this week at Refuel in Lynchburg. Prepare for some randomness. Spanish So, I saw Adelyn’s Spanish…

Photos: VT vs UNC, Tailgating and Game

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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…

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