Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

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May 2014

Skadar Lake

Today our Montenegro group explored Skadar Lake outside of Podgorica. We hiked a little used trail outside of the small village Revica Crnojevica, discovering old stone walls in the surrounding forested mountains.

Montenegro necessity

A quick run around town before the trip this morning resulted in these treasures. Most importantly, the passport and banana chips.

Destination Durmitor

I just got permission from Jack Brauer to post one of his pictures of Zabljak with Mount Durmitor looming above. Jack is a mountain photographer based out of Colorado. You’ve got to visit his site and look at his stunning… Continue Reading →

Next stop: Montenegro – Help needed

On Monday, I’ll be flying out with four friends from our church to meet with a great friend who has moved to Montenegro. Part of former Yugoslavia, Montenegro voted for independence in 2006, and has since been envisioning and building… Continue Reading →

The myth of bad marriages in the church

Are Christian marriages crumbling? Not according to this research. In fact, I believe that a marriage that is intentionally and consistently centered on Christ has a stunningly low, if almost non-existent divorce rate.

Nuff said: Bad news believers, hashtag diplomacy, silver bullet of discipleship, single and satisfied?, kids sports, Kid President

Nuff said is a random collection of things I’ve noticed on the web. This entry features the manipulation of stats by Christian leaders, a political cartoon about hashtag diplomacy, discipleship, singleness, kids sports and impact on church attendance, and a reminder from Kid President.

I love moms or something

Brilliant. Just brilliant. This was done for Mother’s Day 2013 by Jordan Weston, Andrew Dale, Chris Munch and the kids of Church on the Move. Happy Mother’s Day!

Nuff said: Social media help, smart phones and dumb people, ministry to youth on social media

“Nuff said” is a collection of observations. This post highlights social media etiquette that may impact a job search, things that make you look dumb on Twitter, Gary Turk’s viral video “Look Up” and some ministry tips for youth workers on social media.

The exploitation of your mind

Reflections from a devotional by John Piper. Our minds are being exploited… by our hearts. John Piper says, “..our deepest desires precede the rational functioning of our minds and incline the mind to perceive and think in a way that will make the desires look right.”

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