Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

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.

Overwhelmed

After 29 years of seminary, campus ministry and church leadership, I began my first sabbatical.

We need good news

We need good news. Here’s a book that offers some surprising insights and re-interpretations of data that may help encourage you. In addition to exposing some faulty perceptions, it will also redirect your attention to your mind’s thirst for what’s good and right about our world.

Guest blog: A new conversation and a new movement

Nolan McGrady shares his thoughts about racism and divisiveness and our challenge to love in the midst of brokenness and what that looks like.

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.

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