Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

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December 2017

Top Books I Read in 2017

Here’s the list of my favorite books I read in 2017. You just may find your “next” book on the list.

Top Posts of 2017

Here are the top posts from the blog in 2017. Which were your favs? Did you miss any? Leave your own vote for another post in the comments.

Freely received

It’s post-Christmas. Beware of how quickly society seeks to bury the manger underneath the mundane. As much as our culture wants Christmas to come, it wants the Christ of Christmas to disappear quickly. We have freely received – again. How can we freely give to keep Christmas alive?

Merry Christmas 2017

After a morning of coffee, breakfast casserole, and opening presents from one another, I’m simply grateful. This is not just another Christmas. Since December 1, I’ve been able to focus each day on advent readings and have worked hard mentally… Continue Reading →

Ginkgo leaves, $5 million and a church building

The plethora of ginkgo leaves in downtown Blacksburg, along with a $5 million gift to Radford University, got me thinking about my church’s building campaign… and what to do when we lack.

Why I got rid of my iPhone X

The iPhone X. Is it truly innovative? Or is Apple guilty of tweaking? It *feels* like a new phone, and has so much promise, but new gestures and the facial recognition security made me finally X the X.

A Jesus Christmas

Trite Christmas expressions like “Jesus is the reason for the season” are true – but they lack the power of a personal expression of how much Jesus means to you. Sing. Declare. Proclaim. Here’s my own inadequate attempt to point to Jesus this season and to lend a note to the global chorus that Jesus loves me.

Four responses to Jesus at Christmas

Christmas is not just about Jesus. It requires RESPONSE to Jesus. Here are four responses we see in the first Christmas. What is yours?

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