Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

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November 2013

Saying thanks

October is “Pastor Appreciation Month” as decreed by some mysterious force out there. Probably Hallmark or Christian radio. I’m grateful for the kindness and attention received due to its promotion in various places. This year, our church morphed it into… Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving 2013

Top 5 things, people and spiritual mile markers for which I’m thankful…

Red socks

This Thanksgiving has been a little surreal. My family and I are separated. It wasn’t because of something I did, fortunately. I flew out early to visit my mom and dad in Little Rock, and Carolyn and the kids planned… Continue Reading →

Review: Growing Up by Robby Gallaty

This is a review of Robby Gallaty’s book “Growing Up” which was released November 2013. GU seeks to be a helpful model for discipleship and structured material for leading people to grow in the Christian faith.

This Wal-Mart commercial is our life

This Christmas Wal-Mart commercial is pretty typical of our house at the holidays.

Are you complicit in complacency?

Complacency – a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements. Synonym: smugness. Complicit – involved with others in an illegal activity or wrongdoing Being complicit in complacency means contributing to and abetting others in the attitude of complacency. The… Continue Reading →

Video: Book drop by Kiera Cass

It’s honestly a little surreal to know a New York Times best-selling author, much less be friends with one. Kiera Cass is the author of The Selection, The Elite and not-yet-released The One. She and her husband Callaway are leaders… Continue Reading →

Is your church ready? An excerpt from “Super Center Savior”

As churches head into the holiday seasons, they’ll see a rise in visits from those who see religious service attendance as a to-do item during holidays. Is your church ready to serve, encourage and get them to come back? It may be simpler than you think. Check out this excerpt from the book “Super Center Savior.”

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