Notes from the Trail

Life, adventure and faith from southwest Virginia

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3rd Annual Christmas Tree Toss

It’s become a tradition. The annual Christmas tree toss. This year it came too soon.

The advent of snarky

Cynicism threatens you at the core of joy. Our culture is infested with it. Our relationships are tainted by it. We can’t argue well or fight fair. How can we grow into enjoyable people?

Christmas “Sections”

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Ye olde traditional Thanksgiving post

I’m thankful for Thanksgiving. A cultural moment that encourages gratitude. Here are the mile markers that have spurred gratitude in me this year.

Tall tables and routine reflections

When an interruption of routine leads to prayer at Barnes & Noble…

Discipleship Story: Viktor Orekhov

Discipleship isn’t about a content check-list. What you learn from simple, regular meeting together for encouragement and coffee can accumulate into a mutual friendship, centered around Jesus, that extends beyond proximity.

What are you reading?

Here’s a quick look at two books I’m currently reading and enjoying. Help me develop my “next list” by sharing what you’re also reading. If you’re not my “friend” on Goodreads, let’s link up.

Nuff Said: Tulsi Gabbard’s takedown of HRC, the ideal length of every social media post, the danger of expectations, the myth of dying Christianity, and Bad Lip Reading by Joe Biden

“Nuff Said” is a collection of articles that caught my eye on the interwebs. This entry includes politics, faith, social media and a life hack about unmet expectations. I’ve tossed in a video of bad lip reading by Joe Biden for free.

Pastor Church Staff Appreciation Month

A few radical (and thoughtful) ideas from a pastor about encouraging your entire church staff throughout the year.

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