Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

Year 2015

People watching and pleasing God

Just some quick thoughts as I watched people at Starbucks one morning in preparation for a sermon series on pleasing God.

The Top Ten Posts of 2015

Here are the top 10 most-read posts on “Notes from the Trail” (aka for 2015. Did you catch them all as they were published? Did one slip by you? Leave your comments below about what was your favorite.

Merry Christmas 2015 from the Nobles

Christmas morning reflections and the annual Noble family Christmas letter. We hope that you too had a settled and joyful Christmas morning. It’s not just about presents – but about presence. The beautiful quality of being there is a discipline. Enjoy this read and… Merry Christmas!

Happy birthday, wifey

It’s Carolyn’s birthday, and here are helpful guidelines for any else who has a Christmas season birthday to ensure it’s treated as a real birthday and not as an extension of Christmas.

Seven things Apple doesn’t do well

I know. I hear the collective gasps of disbelief. I imagine the following comments being made over coffee with smirks: “Jeff is falling off the wagon.” “The Mac fan boy has finally seen the light.” “Steve is turning over in… Continue Reading →

Nuff Said: Bonhoeffer too popular? When $17.38 changes a life.. Churches & communication… The death of cultural Christianity… A college president stands up… Star Wars cast acapella

Nuff said: The latest random assortment of thoughts from the inter webs is collected by Jeff and includes: an article that questions whether Bonhoeffer is too popular. Also, read about how $17.38 can change change someone’s life. “Communication is the hardest thing we do,” as a church. The death of cultural Christianity (and why it’s a good thing). Finally, a college president stands up.. And, you’ve got to watch this Star Wars cast acapella medley with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots.

10 Recommended Books (that you may not have heard of) #3

The next installment in the “Recommended books to read (that you’ve never heard of)” series is “The Pursuit of Holiness”

Review: Life with God

A brief review of Richard Foster’s “Life with God: Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation.”

Planning for spiritual growth when your schedule changes

Is your schedule about to change? College student? Job transition? Don’t allow a schedule change to derail your spiritual discipline. Here’s a spiritual growth plan for transitions.

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