Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

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December 2009

2009 Roundup

What a year! It was begun fighting cancer in southeast Arkansas, and it is ending with a healthy family in Virginia. We are humbled and amazed at all that has been done in and through our lives this past year…. Continue Reading →

A birthday and an Eve

My best friend was born 39 years ago today. It’s amazing to think we’ve been married for 17 years, but we’ve been friends since her freshman year in college. I was a senior when I first met her. I was… Continue Reading →

Sledding in our backyard

It’s nice to have a sled run, with jumps, in our own backyard…

Random ruminations

ruminate |ˈroōməˌnāt| verb [ intrans. ] 1 think deeply about something : we sat ruminating on the nature of existence. 2 (of a ruminant) chew the cud. “Random Ruminations” may not necessarily be accurate because few of what you’ll see… Continue Reading →

How do you spell RELEASE?

You know the Rolaids commercials about “How do you spell RELIEF?” And they respond with “R-O-L-A-I-D-S?” Well…. last night I was preaching away in our second December Nights celebration at the BCM at Virginia Tech. It was packed. We had… Continue Reading →

Review: The Best American Short Stories 2005 (Hint: not worth the paper)

The Best American Short Stories 2005 (The Best American Series) I waded through the first story, F-bombs and all. Then came the second story with more of the same… What?! Really?! If these are the “Best American Short Stories of… Continue Reading →

Big weekend

It was one of those weekends as a leader that you anticipate/dread with equal measures of enthusiasm and uncertainty. Our church had an opportunity to host the Glory in the Highest concert tour here in Blacksburg. After deliberation and an… Continue Reading →

Review: Crazy Love

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan My short synopsis is: “One of those simple but powerful books that challenges comfortable “Christianity.” Can being a Christian really be “comfortable?” Peaceful perhaps. But anything but comfortable.” This is… Continue Reading →

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