Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

Month June 2011

For those of you unaware, I’ve started a new website in cooperation with the venerable Darrell Cook. It’s called, and it’s already had 5-6 hits! We’re sure that it will bog down the internet as it goes viral. CP123… Continue Reading →

The rain in Spain

When we arrived in Donastia on Friday, it was wonderfully cool weather – in the 70s. On Saturday and Sunday, however, it soared into the 90s and was HOT. On Monday evening, however, a storm blew through, and it’s been… Continue Reading →

Saturday in Spain

We’ve been so excited (and tired) the last couple of days. By the time we finally hit the sack here on Friday night, we’d been up over 30 hours. I didn’t sleep much at all on the planes – really… Continue Reading →

Spain plane

Thanks to everyone who helped make our trip to Spain possible! We’re boarding in Charlotte, heading to Frankfurt first. Off goes the cellphone for 10 days! Stay tuned here and at our team blog at

Review: The Language of God

There might be some who would mock me for attempting to review Francis Collin’s book The Language of God. After all, he’s a well-known scientist and headed up the government-backed Human Genome Project which mapped human DNA. I’m a pastor…. Continue Reading →

Read the book, people.

The March/April issue of Outreach Magazine listed six insights from interviews with Christians in America during 2010 (conducted by the Barna Group): The Christian church is becoming less theologically literate. Christians are becoming more ingrown and less outreach-oriented. Growing numbers… Continue Reading →

Review: Sun Stand Still

Stephen Furtick is pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte. He’s a dynamic communicator, and his church has seen wonderful numerical and spiritual growth. It was planted in 2006, and within a year, it was running over 1000. At last report,… Continue Reading →

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