Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

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December 2007

Preach the Gospel at all times… and use words!

There’s a favorite expression making its rounds in the church today. It is a resurrection of St. Francis of Assisi’s quote (Founder of the Franciscan order, 1181-1226), which goes like this: Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary,… Continue Reading →

Is it suffering…?

Β A flat tire… a tense argument with a loved one or friend, a financial cruch… When any of these happen singularly, they are aggravations or frustrations. However, if they begin to occur in tandem, with other stressors, Christians are quick… Continue Reading →

iPhone revolutionizes mobile web browsing

I called it here many moons ago, but the numbers are in, and they’re startling. Consider this article and this quote: In 5 short months, the iPhone not only matched, but opened up a huge lead on Microsoft, Symbian and… Continue Reading →

One generation to another

“…He commanded our fathers to teach their children, that the next generation might know [His testimony/law] and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and keep His commandments.” Psalm 78.5-7 I… Continue Reading →

Apple, Apple, everyone wants an Apple these days

Not that I need to point out the virtues of Macs and iPods and now iPhones. They speak so loudly for themselves. However, if you haven’t followed the remarkable story of constant underdog Apple Computer lately, you might be surprised… Continue Reading →

Review: Church: An Insider’s Look at How We Do It (rated 4 stars)

Church: An Insider’s Look at How We Do It by John G., Jr. Stackhouse I distinctly remember being curious about this book when I saw it on the steeply-discounted book rack at Mardell’s a while back. I’ve had it for… Continue Reading →

Nap times and a God couch

Aaaah. Glorious nap time… I don’t remember exactly when this sacrosanct experience entered my life as a priority, but I am hooked. Sunday afternoons have become around our house enforced unconsciousness. Our kids are warned to not disturb us. Usually,… Continue Reading →

Review: The Christmas Train (rated 3 stars)

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci I still have no idea why I picked it up at the town library. It was as if it jumped off the shelf into my hand. The Christmas Train is a fun, easy read…. Continue Reading →

The Golden Compass uproar

It seems that Ameri-Christianity always needs something to poopoo on. Right now it’s Phillip Pullman’s book and the soon-to-be-released movie by New Line Cinema (who also brought us the excellent Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Nativity Story). Just… Continue Reading →

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