Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

Month July 2011

Review: “Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God”

Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God by Christopher Yuan is the autobiography of one man’s struggle to understand his identity in light of coming out as a homosexuality. The debate of whether a person is… Continue Reading →

Review: Exponential

Exponential: How You and Your Friends Can Start a Missional Church Movement by Dave & Jon Ferguson   I rarely rate a book “5-star,” and I may actually need to downgrade my enthusiasm about this book to four stars, but… Continue Reading →

Review: AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church

AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church (Exponential Series) by Hugh Halter   I thoroughly enjoyed reading AND. I was recently challenged to consider the tyranny of the word “or.” Essentially, we use “or” in places to indicate a choice between… Continue Reading →

You’re too young

Our church here in Blacksburg, Virginia has seen growth in the last two years. It’s exciting, humbling and at times discouraging. How can great growth be discouraging, you may ask? Well, when the faucet is turned on all the way,… Continue Reading →

Lie to fly

I’m so exceptionally proud of my wife this morning. She took our son to Roanoke early (5:45a) for a flight out to visit grandparents. The trip has been planned for some time. US Airways refused him boarding due to age…. Continue Reading →

The urgency of discipleship and a review of “Real Life Discipleship”

One of the main reasons I read Jim Putman’s Real Life Discipleship is that it had been given to me as part of a promotional package from the publisher. However, I’d been on the hunt for discipleship materials for study… Continue Reading →

Yes, yeah, yea and yay

OK, pet peeve time. Brace yourselves. I constantly see people writing the following on blogs, tweets, notes, or statuses: yeah, yea and yay. I’m offering this simple blog post as my contribution to a world gone mad in the affirmative… Continue Reading →

A la carte: Pack your casket, junk DNA, Cydia tweaks, World Cup

Pack Your Casket Another VT collegian offers some profound thoughts as she rediscovered the missional heritage of Southern Baptists this past week. I encourage you to read the whole entry, but consider this from Katie Kochuba’s blog: That fundamental truth… Continue Reading →

A la carte: Google Plus, iPhone birthday, jailbreakme 3.0, new blog and Tumblr app

Again, I feel like I must give a shout out to Tim Challies for my a la carte blog entries. He does them each Friday on his blog, and while I’m not that regular (perhaps my blog needs more bran?),… Continue Reading →

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