Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

Easter: nothing prepared us for this

In times of crisis, we see that character revealed. When what we depend upon for “normality” is removed, we need a firmer foundation. Easter is exactly that. Nothing could have prepared us for this.

A viral post: Humor, Jesus and COVID

Whether you see only darkness or a light at the end of the tunnel during these intense March/April days of the Virus Crisis, there are two resources that make a huge difference, and only one of those can provide you with a sense of rest and assurance.

Everything could change.. what COVID-19 has done for us

How can a person rejoice in days like these? With the coronavirus spreading and fear multiplying exponentially, it feels like the world is coming apart at the seams. And yet, faith inherently looks at a different reality. And faith sees gifts where others see graves.

How the coronavirus could reshape the university system

Could the coronavirus become the catalyst for national educational reform?

Tribute: Dr. W.O. Vaught

I never realized expository preaching wasn’t common for all churches as I grew up because it was all I knew. This post is a tribute to Dr. W.O. Vaught of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock and his faithful preaching and teaching of scripture. His consistent, biblically-centered messages shaped my life and my preaching.

Why I bought and sold an Apple Watch in 24 hours

Yes, I bought and sold an Apple Watch in 24 hours. You may remember when I did something similar with the iPhone X. Here’s why Apple has missed the mark again.

Digital downsizing and learning to “watch” again

A new digital life experiment is underway. I’ve downsized my phone to the smallest phone Apple has made in the last five years, and now I’m wearing a smart watch. And the watch isn’t made by Apple… Which will become a regular part of my digital strategy going forward?

Top Books I Read in 2019

I ended up reading 43 books in 2019. That surprised me. Reading is deeply enjoyable for me, and as you’ll see from this year’s list, it involved spirituality, nonfiction, and fiction as brain candy. Let me know what you read last year that you think I’d enjoy, and also if something I recommend makes it onto your 2020 list.

Top Posts of 2019

It’s become a tradition here at Notes from the Trail to look back over the past year’s posts and find which ones were most trafficked. Here’s the collection of the top 10 posts written during 2019, based on your views.

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