Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

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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.

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.

A Discipleship Initiative

I am leading our church through an intentional, ambitious plan to involve every single member in discipleship over the course of 2019. Here’s why and how I’m doing it.

Guest Post: The Difficulty of Being a Pastor

Arkansas pastor Phillip Slaughter shares eight reasons why pastoring is difficult and provides practical thoughts about how to encourage them.

Urging Easter

Easter Sunday is a’coming. Pastors are expected to invite people to church, right? Easter Sunday also puts pressure on pastors to preach “the best sermon ever.” Experiencing Easter personally is urgent for us all.

Slanket Sermon 2018

A snow day on Sunday means canceled church services, but it also has come to mean a Slanket Sermon.

Goal Accomplished! Storybook Bible

In November, I promoted a Bible translation project on #GivingTuesday. It’s exciting to see that the goal has been reached! Thank you for your generosity. Make giving a consistent part of your life.

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.

Giving Tuesday.. not a time for leftovers

A quick peek at the history behind #GivingTuesday reveals it’s a successful social initiative begun in 2012. Help foster generosity by giving yourself and then sharing about the organizations you’re supporting and why.

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