Notes from the Trail

Snowpocalypse Reports

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!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

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…

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