Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

Month

April 2011

Review: Wrestling Prayer

Wrestling Prayer: A Passionate Communion with God by Eric Ludy   Christians struggle to know God because they live prayerless lives. They fail in representing His heart to the nations because they have failed in this critical area of relationship…. Continue Reading →

Hearing what you want to hear

We have selective auditory capacity. We literally choose to hear only what we want to hear. It works visually as well. Proof positive? I can call my kids to come do a chore, and they claim (after I storm into… Continue Reading →

Invite someone to your church for Easter

We’re so excited about the opportunity and joy of proclaiming Christ’s resurrection at Easter! Are you?! Did you know that studies have shown that almost 80% of people would come to church if they received a personal invitation? However, according… Continue Reading →

Life-force sucking

It’s no fun to be around negative people. It’s a wonder that what they so easily perceive as faults in others cannot be self-understood in themselves. I was referring to the types of conversations that these folks seem to generate… Continue Reading →

Designer detours

Carolyn and Adelyn returned from a run to Target with a dejected look on Carolyn’s face. Adelyn promptly grabbed her jambox (one that holds an iPod) and bebopped outside with the neighborhood kids. Carolyn plopped on the couch in fashion… Continue Reading →

Radical sacrifice vs thankful enjoyment

I’m grateful to Michael Kelley for pointing out a lively discussion that happened last week in The Elephant Room. The ER was a live simulcast discussion between seven influential pastors about current issues affecting the church and included Mark Driscoll,… Continue Reading →

Happy birthday, Darrell Cook!

What a fun friendship story. Cliff Notes: guy from Little Rock meets guy from Roanoke at a BCM building in Monticello, Arkansas. Little Rock guy follows Roanoke guy as the campus minister there. Roanoke guy eventually becomes BCM director at… Continue Reading →

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