Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

Author Jeff Noble

Jeff is the pastor of Northstar Church in Blacksburg, Virginia. He grew up in Arkansas, loves fantasy football and is an Apple fan boy. Follow him on Twitter or Instagram @journeyguy.

Decision fatigue

Decision fatigue is real, and my sabbatical revealed the urgency of reducing decisions in my life. I suspect you too need to become more accountable with others about your own decision-making and begin a journey away from fatigue into purposeful, paced, life leadership.

COVID Chronicles: why me

In this second post, I try answer the question “Why me?” Why should a pastor attempt to speak to the COVID crisis other than simply “preach the gospel?”

Celebrating sabbatical

The main thing I wanted to do with this post is simply to celebrate. I did it! I took a sabbatical. It wasn’t perfectly executed, and it didn’t involve elaborate planning or expensive travel to exotic locations. It was simply a restful, relaxing, enjoyable, reflective, reading, and slow-paced life parenthesis.

COVID Chronicles: Comfort and hope

This is the first in a series of posts on COVID, culture, dialogue, hope and learning gentleness. May it lead to gracious interaction, encouraging perspective and growing trust in a God who is in control and loves you.

A note to churches: insist on sabbatical

Churches, insist on sabbaticals. Ministers and members may discover that they love the season of sabbatical and the lessons learned during it as much as they enjoy being served by a refreshed leader post-sabbatical.

A dual focus on the present and the eternal

Something I read in one of C.S. Lewis’ books has helped me focus on two things: 1) The Present and 2) The Eternal. Here’s why a dual focus is deeply faithful.

Dying for the mob

Mobs have a lot in common, whether it’s the 1st century or the 21st century. Jesus died at the hands of one mob, and He amazingly offers His life and salvation for all mobs.

Nuff Said: The New York Blessing, George Floyd responses, questions for a new year, one word for your prayers & Joel Osteen

“Nuff Said” is a collection of articles that caught my eye on the interwebs. This entry includes a powerful video called “The New York Blessing,” George Floyd responses, questions for a new year, one word for your prayers and.. why not, Joel Osteen.

Sabbatical reflections: the team I left behind

A pastor can’t seize sabbatical. He can only enter it with confidence in a team of leaders who will support and enable his extended absence.

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