Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

Year 2010


Christmas entered with a sleepy-eyed, parental state of disbelief in how early our kids still get up for the day. I blearily threw on some house pants and a ball cap and followed my bright-eyed spouse into the living room…. Continue Reading →

Review: Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

With Carolyn’s 6th round of cancer and her resulting double mastectomy, it’s not difficult to understand my timing of reading John Piper and Justin Taylor’s compilation Suffering and the Sovereignty of God. It’s the collection of messages presented at the… Continue Reading →

The Thorn

I stumbled across this poem by Martha Snell Nicholson which is quoted in the book Suffering and the Sovereignty of God. It’s magnificent. You can read my review of the book here. The Thorn I stood a mendicant of God… Continue Reading →

Christmas notes 2010

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Blacksburg, VA. The leaves that once were vibrant fall colors are now under three inches of snow. The temperatures have dropped and are much colder than we were use to… Continue Reading →

Arkansas vs Ohio State Northstar-style, Part 1

The 2011 Sugar Bowl between Arkansas and Ohio State divided the Northstar Church staff. Jeff was rooting for Arkansas. Cody was rooting for OSU. Strange things began to happen around the office…

Turn the other cheek?

I recently preached on Luke 6:29, but does “turning the other cheek” require a faithful Christ follower to suffer abuse or just take it? I advocated complete dependence on God in situations of unfairness in my sermon. However, there are… Continue Reading →

A La Carte: Health Update, December Nights kickoff, Saving Change and The First Snow

Health update For those of you following our ongoing journey with cancer and doctors and faith, here’s the latest: Carolyn will be having surgery on December 13 in Roanoke. It will be a double mastectomy with reconstruction. We have felt… Continue Reading →

A poem from Luke 8

On Sunday at Northstar, I shared this poem by John Oxenham. It’s powerful, and after teaching about demonology, I think it’s rather more important to dwell on what Oxenham did – how the people at Gadara prized pigs over people…. Continue Reading →

The Thanksgiving Chair

We showed this video during worship at Northstar on Sunday. It’s probably one of the most powerful ones I’ve seen lately. When was the last time you sat in the Thanksgiving chair?

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