Notes from the Trail

Start with why

Simon Sinek says in a TED talk, “People don’t buy what you do but why you do it.” Do you know why you do what you do? Until you identify (and start with that), you won’t have the influence that you may think you do.

Can one be neutral toward Islam?

Is there such a thing as “radical” Islam, or is what we’re seeing “normal” Islam? It’s a matter of interpretation of Islam’s holy writings. In the end, one can’t be faithful to Islam and be neutral toward those who aren’t Muslim. How should we respond in a world of militant new expressions of this religion?

Faith is living in advance…

“Faith is living in advance what we will only understand in reverse,” says pastor Wayne Cordeiro in his book Leading on Empty.

Tozer on the inequality of all people

AW Tozer said, “The idea of equality among all men is totally unrealistic… Equality of opportunity should be granted to all; after that everyone is on his own.” He’s not talking about man’s intrinsic worth but man’s aptitudes.

Where your needs are met

Where you look to meet your needs can lead you to a place of burnout, frustration and apathy. If you’re feeling unappreciated or discouraged, perhaps you have been leaning on paper walls. There’s a releasing solution for you…

Happy 50th Anniversary!

My mom and dad celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 31! Leave a comment here or a the Facebook group to say congrats:

Nuff said: Trusting scripture, a Gospel without words, a Trader or a Christian?, Does Powerpoint help?, Be a people person, Selfies Anonymous

“Nuff said” is always a collection of articles around the interwebs that has provoked a click from me. In this edition: Why it’s important to trust scripture; can there be a Gospel without words? A Trader vs. a Christian, Does Powerpoint help?, Be a people person

Video: Do you understand the Middle East beef with Israel?

A quick video to help you understand the nature of the Middle Eastern conflict with Israel combined with ineffective (and even hindering) U.S. leadership may spark a conflagration unlike anything the present generation has imagined.

Review: The Selection.. and my inner middle school girl

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!I’ve never personally known a New York Times best-selling author. I’ve read a lot of their books though. Reading The Selection was a stretch for my genre preference. I’ll be…

Visiting Heaven… for real?

Do you believe “Heaven Is for Real” because of a four year-old’s claims of a visit or because of the promise of Jesus and faith in the Bible’s teaching? Which prompts more inspiration and obedience in you?

Marry that girl?

A dad’s humorous, musical response to Magic’s song “Rude” has gone viral. It’ll be interesting to see if his video hits exceed the original music video.

Review: iPhone skin

I fully believe makes the best skin for your tech device. Read my review of their products here.

Preaching to diversity

How can a preacher preach to such a diverse collection of people on any given Sunday? Think about it. People in need of encouragement are there with people in need of rebuke. Mature Christians who “know it all” are gathered with beginners or even skeptics. How can one sermon accomplish so much… every single Sunday? Consider the words of AW Tozer…

How I got rid of 100s of “friends” on Facebook

One Saturday morning, I clicked over on Facebook and noticed a friend request. I had no idea who the person was, and they weren’t local. In researching who they were, my mouse hovered over the accept button, and I had to admit, it was out of a vague sense of obligation. Then I hit “reject.”…

Nuff said: 10 commitments, the power of definitions, leaving your church well, ways you’re doing Twitter wrong, NO!, and more

This “Nuff Said” links you to a variety of great entries across the WWW: 10 commitments the church should make in talking about homosexuality, the power of definitions, leaving your church well, ways you’re doing Twitter wrong, NO!, and more..

New YouTube channel in the house

Check out my daughter’s new YouTube channel that she’s using to post songs she’s written and performs.

Happy 4th of July

A 4th of July Instagram video from @samnoble15. Like father, like son.

Their Story: Sarah Beyer

It’s Guest Bloggers Weekish with the theme of “Their Story.” Meet Sarah Beyer, a friend and mom whose marriage was healed through prayer.

Their Story: Megan Carver

It’s Guest Bloggers Weekish with the theme of “Their Story.” Meet Megan Carver, stay-at-home mom, teacher and writer, and hear about an experience that shaped who she is today in “For the Single Ladies.”

Review: Plan B

Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would? by Pete Wilson My rating: 3 of 5 stars Great concept. Good biblical comparisons and illustrations. Wasn’t overly impressed with the writing style. Just very straight-forward. I’d recommend to anyone whose plans have gone awry and need an…

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