Chick-Fil-A would be directly to the right or West of this photo.
Parking Lot down and to the right or West, 100 yards.
Outdoor Amphitheater down and to the left or East, 150-200 yards.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
Changed your inflection?
Re-ordered the emphasis?
People are getting excited about the story you have to tell.
And it might be a new story.
Along the way, the vision is changing, growing, and that's okay.
It's no lie that it is not the same as what you first shared.
God is in the changes.
Don't fear. It needs a thread that runs through it all and that bit of string might be nothing more than you.
Your story, YOU, are not small to God.
In your humility and your courage, you are EVERYTHING to Jesus.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Vote every day for #762
These are just some of the images that epitomize my passion for running in this last season.
I hope you will support by voting.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
From 1,001 New Worshiping Communities on "Coaching"
A coach is not someone who will tell you what you should do. But a coach can come alongside you as you seek to discern the way forward in your context. A coach can provide you the margins to reflect and discern God's agenda for this ministry amidst the chaos and constant decision-making that is the nature of church planting.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
1) Running is one of the odd contexts that God has provided for me to spread the good news. The cover of Runner's World is a new way for me to share what inspires me as a runner.
2) Our church has just turned five years old and is receiving a surge of new energy and support from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and now, what looks like a possible formal partnership with Presbyterians (PCUSA) and their 1,001 New Worshiping Communities initiative. These intersections have been both intentional and organic. In much the same way, running and the mission of the church have intersected intentionally and organically since the very birth of the Tobacco Trail Church (Pentecost 2010).
3) When the Tobacco Trail Church was in its' infancy, even still in the womb, I was a bike rider in the Race Across America. That story wove together Durham Cares, 16 local agencies, eight bike riders, a support team including another 15 volunteers all while raising more that $100,000 for Durham charities. Maybe a pastor/runner on the cover of Runner's World could raise money and/or awareness for the next initiative in God's project for the church.
4) I am about to turn 40 (June 18) and need all the help I can get meeting my summer running goals--personal bests for the distances of one mile and 800 meters. I am confident that God is forming me to be #olderandfaster. I could use some personal accountability so that I stay faithful. Will you encourage me?
You can vote for me to be on the cover of Runner's World at this Link. I hope you will set a daily reminder because you can vote every day from now until July 22nd. What might seem like a hassle, or have you thinking, "I don't know this runner guy," instead, think is this daily click as a prayer for a small church plant in central North Carolina. Call it a prayer for future Baptist and Presbyterian church plants and the exploration of this post-denominational season we seem to be entering. Call it a hope for the aging runner within each of us that we might all grow younger and more child-like in Christ who redeems us.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Peter Elbow, Writing Without Teachers
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Day two of operation ice bath, post-marathon 36 hours. My commitment to recovery is at all time high after yesterday's Rock n Roll Raleigh Marathon.
Seems to be working. Surprisingly, I was able to walk and run today. First, time ever after a marathon.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015
A Modest Love
Monday, March 2, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
No longer a runner, I see now that the verse shows me that strength, endurance, and goodness comes from above.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
until the current of the story
is strong enough
to float you out
a line by David Whyte in the collection, River Flow
It may be that the current must be strong enough to float you out, but other times, like in this video (and I recommend turning the sound off and watching silently) the hydraulic and the eddy are very strong currents and keep the raft stuck in the same place and only when the raft slips into weaker currents, a more subtle flow, does the raft slip away, free to move downstream and onto the next season of the journey.
Are you pushing too hard? Against forces that are too much for you to bow up against?
Why not try simply relaxing and surfing for these moments and wait for the necessary strong or weak currents? Wait for the flow to float you out.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Friday, January 9, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
from Snow Falling on Snow by Robert Wicks
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Back on November 15th, Meagan Nedlo ran herself one heck of a race at the Anthem Richmond Marathon. The 32 year old
Kenyan Salem, MA resident finished in 2:40:48. This placed Meagan 3rd amongst the ladies racing that day and was also good enough for 16th overall. Also, that time will get her into the 2016 Olympic Trials for the marathon.
Nedlo Gets her OTQ in Richmond...read more at Level Renner and be inspired.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
Thursday, January 1, 2015
He wanted to impart some of the truths Bruce Denton had taught him, that you don't become a runner by winning a morning workout. The only true way is to marshal the ferocity of your ambition over the course of many days, weeks, months, and (if you could finally come to accept it) years. The Trial of Miles; Miles of Trials. How could he make them understand?
from OAR (Once a Runner) and pulled from Talia's blog. Nice post--year in review--2014.