Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

Author

Jeff Noble

10 years of ministry (and lots of coffee)

Here are seven things I’ve learned/re-learned after 10 years in ministry at Northstar Church and ten things I’m thankful for.

Review: “Openness Unhindered” by Rosario Butterfield

Rosario Butterfield’s second book is a beautifully-written and vulnerable reflection on life as a Christian heterosexual after years of living as a non-Christian lesbian. Her scriptural faithfulness and commitment to re-examining sexuality in general in the middle of a cultural firestorm has gotten this book banned from Amazon.

Why do Christian women struggle with friendships?

My observation is that women struggle with genuine, vulnerable friendships – especially Christian women. Though nervous about tackling such a subject as a man, I hope that these thoughts will be a catalyst toward growth and even correction of my observation if it’s found to be faulty.

Nuff Said: “Ordinary” Sundays, Methodists circa 2014, Top 35 Christian blogs and the Youth Pastor Accidental Screenshare

In this collection of articles, you’ll read about the danger for ministers of hyping every Sunday, a glimpse at the Methodist debate related to sexuality circa 2014, Brian Dodd’s recommended Top 35 Christian blogs and John Crist’s video about a youth pastor trying to use screenshare.

Discipleship Story: Jeremy Woodall

This installment of Discipleship Stories is from Jeremy Woodall, the campus minister at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Learn how he picked up on the vision of discipleship over Madden football on the Xbox.

More reasons people leave the church

It’s hard to believe that saying “yes” too much may lead someone to leave your church. Another possibility for leavers is when a member becomes embarrassed about their uninvolvement.

Introduction: Discipleship Stories

This is the introductory post to the “Discipleship Stories” series and traces my experience and history with discipleship.

The danger of “the”

What would you think if you learned one small three-letter word – an article at that – impacts your perspective and view of how personal God is?

A hypothetical Father’s Day

Happy Father’s day to my dad. A committed reader, a devoted pray-er, a faithful downer of milk shakes and a constant supporter. I am grateful for his model.

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