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Month January 2017

Three attitudes that will change your life: Be gracious

The second post in this series focuses on the choice to “be gracious.” Being gracious is the attitude you adopt when the time has passed for assuming the best. Practicing courtesy when you’re wounded is not a default for the human heart.

Three attitudes that will change your life: Assume the best

This is the first of three in a series. Each of these three attitudes have been tried and tested in my own life this past year, and – every. single. time. – they’ve proven to elevate my perspective and enable me to embrace peace instead of stress in difficult situations. The first: Assume the Best.

So long, 2016

This is my annual “year-in-review” blog post, in bullet-point fashion. From a sermon in a slanket to the Razorbacks winning the first half of the Belk Bowl, it’s been 365 day of unexpected goodness and wonder, even amid grief and longing.

Top Books I Read in 2016

Here are my top books that I read in 2016. According to my GoodReads account, I read 28 books in 2016. “Rejoicing in Christ” tops the list.

Which is better for WordPress -Hosted or self-hosted?

In the blogosphere, community is everything. “Notes from the Trail” is hosted on its own server. Many bloggers have found more interaction and followers by moving to a hosted blog on the service.

After 20 years with Passion conferences, here’s two things I’ve learned

I spent the first week days of 2017 at the 20th anniversary of Passion. 55,000 students gathered to worship and seek God together at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. It was surreal to worship with another generation of students, as a pastor, in a different state and reflect on how God has impacted my life through this movement and ministry with collegians. Here are a few thoughts.

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