Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

A note to churches: insist on sabbatical

Churches, insist on sabbaticals. Ministers and members may discover that they love the season of sabbatical and the lessons learned during it as much as they enjoy being served by a refreshed leader post-sabbatical.

A dual focus on the present and the eternal

Something I read in one of C.S. Lewis’ books has helped me focus on two things: 1) The Present and 2) The Eternal. Here’s why a dual focus is deeply faithful.

Dying for the mob

Mobs have a lot in common, whether it’s the 1st century or the 21st century. Jesus died at the hands of one mob, and He amazingly offers His life and salvation for all mobs.

Nuff Said: The New York Blessing, George Floyd responses, questions for a new year, one word for your prayers & Joel Osteen

“Nuff Said” is a collection of articles that caught my eye on the interwebs. This entry includes a powerful video called “The New York Blessing,” George Floyd responses, questions for a new year, one word for your prayers and.. why not, Joel Osteen.

Sabbatical reflections: the team I left behind

A pastor can’t seize sabbatical. He can only enter it with confidence in a team of leaders who will support and enable his extended absence.

You are not “living” if you’re only living

This is the second attempt at this post (thus the “version 2.” Life is more than movement. Life is more than breathing. Life is more than we can dream. This post examines what exactly Jesus came to give and truly living leads to loving.

Book Reviews: “Get Out of Your Head” and “Gentle and Lowly”

Two books – “Get Out of Your Head” and “Gentle and Lowly” deserve to be on your summer reading list.

An open letter from a pastor

This heartfelt letter from a pastor in Clinton, Arkansas is written as an open letter to churches everywhere, appealing to their members to consider the role of the pastor in these days of 2020 that are so strained and a test for all spiritual leaders.

Friend of sinners

Who’s your friend? Who’s your source of assurance and comfort? We need a Holy Friend to help us navigate these days of pandemic, unrest, cultural turmoil and racial tension.

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