Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

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April 2010

Review: The Red Sea Rules (rated 4 stars)

The Red Sea Rules The Same God Who Led You In Will Lead You Out by Robert J. Morgan This small book makes for an easy read, but I encourage you at the outset to not plow through it just… Continue Reading →

Baptism & Celebration

Last week was astonishingly full. It culminated in a Baptism and Celebration Service on the football field behind Blacksburg Middle School. It also included a trip to Orlando with some of our church staff and volunteers for the Exponential Conference…. Continue Reading →

Exponential 2010: The Acts 2 Church

Louie Giglio is now a church planter. He is the lead pastor at Passion City Church, but you may know him best from his leadership of Choice Ministries in Waco, Texas many years ago or of the Passion Network these… Continue Reading →

Exponential 2010: A Talking Donkey

Mark Batterson is the pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC and also the author of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. As a church planter and pastor, he shared with us the unique story… Continue Reading →

Exponential, Round 2

Members of our staff and leadership team arrived in Orlando late on Monday night after a day of planes and automobiles. It’s been two years since my first Exponential Conference experience, and already, the difference is significant. At my first… Continue Reading →

Review: In Plain Sight

I was contacted by the publisher of In Plain Sight and asked whether I’d be willing to review the book if they supplied a copy. A free book? Of course. I was not familiar with the book or author though,… Continue Reading →

Neighborhood drama

Tonight, our neighbor across the street informed Carolyn that she thinks her boys have forgiven Adelyn. When Carolyn asked why, here’s the story that unraveled. This morning, Adelyn and the other kids in the neighborhood were waiting on the school… Continue Reading →

About WBC: Don’t Feed the Animals

“Westboro Baptist Church” comes to Blacksburg tomorrow to spew hate in the form of picketing and insults. They have toured the U.S., making many enemies but showing no love. I put the name of their organization in quotes simply because… Continue Reading →

Bryant Turbeville

Today I learned that my best friend from high school died Sunday. Classmates Facebooked me literally moments before my mom called. Bryant Turbeville was a year older than I, and although we were separated by a grade, we were inseparable… Continue Reading →

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