Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

Pastor Church Staff Appreciation Month

A few radical (and thoughtful) ideas from a pastor about encouraging your entire church staff throughout the year.

Discipleship Story: Ben Messina

Children’s ministry, small group, campus ministry… Ben Messina was faithful in so many areas while in Blacksburg. His deep thoughts on discipleship are worthy of digesting.

MacAddict magazine

When you still own six years of back issue MacAddict magazines, you can claim title to King Apple Boy. They’re going on the auction block, but read the history of this wonderfully snarky magazine here.

Reflections on Senegal

A few thoughts on my trip to Senegal, including a Mercy Ships tour and a walk with lions.

Discipleship Story: David Smethurst

Three take-aways from being discipled in college and how it impacts life now.

But Senegal

I never knew I’d be nudged to Senegal. Here’s the story.

10 years of ministry (and lots of coffee)

Here are seven things I’ve learned/re-learned after 10 years in ministry at Northstar Church and ten things I’m thankful for.

Discipleship Story: Greg Crosthwait

Father Greg Crosthwait shares his perspective on discipleship and in doing so points us back squarely to Jesus, the master disciple-maker.

Review: “Openness Unhindered” by Rosario Butterfield

Rosario Butterfield’s second book is a beautifully-written and vulnerable reflection on life as a Christian heterosexual after years of living as a non-Christian lesbian. Her scriptural faithfulness and commitment to re-examining sexuality in general in the middle of a cultural firestorm has gotten this book banned from Amazon.

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