Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

Year

2018

Top Posts of 2018

It’s become a tradition on the blog to serve up for you at the turn of the year the posts that were most trafficked over 2018. Here they are: Cancer hiccups (Nov 15) This post details the discovery that my wife… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World – by Eric Metaxas

Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas GoodReads rating: 3 of 5 stars I’ve heard and often repeated, “Never use a $10 word when a $1 word will do” in relation to writing…. Continue Reading →

Memorable December moments

On Christmas Eve, I usually write a reflective blog post. December 24 is also Carolyn’s birthday, and so we put Christmas on hold for a day and properly celebrate her birthday, making sure it’s not merged with Jesus’. 😉 This… Continue Reading →

A new wrinkle

It seems almost unbelievable to learn of another type of cancer in a different place when we’re just taking steps toward treating the first cancer.

“I know him!”

I saw Santa on the first day of December. It launched the Christmas season in a surreal way. It reminded me of Elf’s joyous declaration, “I know him!”

Nuff said: The Eisenhower Box, porn addiction in the church, Why Dilbert hates goals, Are youth leaving the church? and the Celebrity Pastor Fantasy Draft

This entry in the Nuff Said series covers everything from productivity to porn, from Dilbert to church dropouts, and finally… a video on how to conduct your own “Celebrity Pastor Fantasy Draft.”

Thankful for pardon

On Tuesday President Trump pardoned two turkeys, and those turkeys will come to live out the rest of their life just down the street from us. Virginia Tech provides their home: Gobblers Rest. 

Isn’t that what we all need? A pardon? A pardon that leads to rest?

Retiring a Giant

This past August, David James retired. He left a significant legacy for me and dozens of campus ministers and thousands of students over his years of service. It was in August of 1995 that he became my boss. Almost immediately, he became my mentor and friend.

Cancer hiccups

It’s been since February 2015. Almost four years. That was the last time we’ve had a cancer hiccup. I say “hiccup” because life is so much bigger than cancer. If you are familiar with Carolyn’s cancer journey, it has been one that even her current docs say is one for the textbooks.

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