Notes from the Trail

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

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!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…

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…

USAF Christmas Flash Mob at museum

On December 3, the U.S. Air Force band performed their first ever flash mob in the “Milestones of Flight” gallery to promote the upcoming 29 shows of their annual holiday series.

‘Nuff said: Surviving Christmas Shoes, Sexy Christianity, Strange Fire, War on Christians

I’ve tried various names for my occasional collection of random posts. I used “a la carte” for a while, ripping that off from Tim Challies who uses it on his blog. Trevin Wax has “Worth a Look.” I tried “Friday Randomness” for a while and while it was self-explanatory, it wasn’t unique. Tonight, I remembered…

The music of Us

Adelyn found Us. It’s a husband-wife musician team. They’re newly weds, and they’re very, very good. Adelyn found them posting six-second clips of songs on the Vine app. Check out their music video here: You can get their new album with its captivating harmonies on iTunes. And since it’s the Christmas season… Like this:Like Loading…

Culture: to impact or create

In his book Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, Andy Crouch soberly observes: We’ve paid the culture around us the ultimate compliment: careful study and, often, imitation. He urges Christians to quit trying to “change the world” and to remember that we must first allow God to change us from within. He says: “..the North American…

Saying thanks

October is “Pastor Appreciation Month” as decreed by some mysterious force out there. Probably Hallmark or Christian radio. I’m grateful for the kindness and attention received due to its promotion in various places. This year, our church morphed it into Staff Appreciation Month, and they were generously kind to our entire staff. Here’s a quick…

Thanksgiving 2013

Top 5 things, people and spiritual mile markers for which I’m thankful…

Red socks

This Thanksgiving has been a little surreal. My family and I are separated. It wasn’t because of something I did, fortunately. I flew out early to visit my mom and dad in Little Rock, and Carolyn and the kids planned to drive out Tuesday. Winter weather had other plans. So I’m in Arkansas, having a…

Review: Growing Up by Robby Gallaty

This is a review of Robby Gallaty’s book “Growing Up” which was released November 2013. GU seeks to be a helpful model for discipleship and structured material for leading people to grow in the Christian faith.

This Wal-Mart commercial is our life

This Christmas Wal-Mart commercial is pretty typical of our house at the holidays. Like this:Like Loading…

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…

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