Mile 857.5 – Waynesboro VA – 2 if by Sea

I’ve decided to go Aquablazing. This means I’m renting a canoe to travel down the Shenendoah River parallel to the AT for a while. I’m headed out tomorrow with Shaman and Jeremiah and expect to go for maybe 5-7 days to Front Royal VA or thereabouts. Aquablazing is apparently approved by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy …

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Mile 780.3 – Glasgow VA – I hike things up and hike them down.

There’s a commericial for Planet Fitness where a massive weightlifter at a competitor’s gym say’s “I pick things up and put them down.” (I suppose they are saying that their own gyms have a normal person clientele, not just dumb brutes). Sometimes hiking the AT makes one feel like a dumb brute (or a pack …

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A Zero Day

I hiked 0 trail miles today at a blistering pace of 0 mph. Even on zero days we still manage to get in some walking as we have no car and must walk everywhere in town. In a day and a half in Daleville VA (just outside of Roanoke) I’ve put away some 10-15k calories. …

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Go Tell it on the Mountain – Evangelism on the AT

I’ve frequently crossed paths with a 70-something year hiker named Rosy Eagle who was an ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) pastor in his second career. He has section-hiked most of the trail in the past (which explains his ability to make so many miles) and is now thru-hiking. His wife, who has hiked with …

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Mile 273.9 Hot Springs, NC Follow (x4) the white-blazed trail.

We’re off to reach Katahdin, the wonderful mountain of Maine. We hear it is a hike of a hike if ever a hike there was. If ever a hike there was, it’s this because, because, because, because…because of the mountains and miles it does. Before getting back on the trail Chaos, Dip & Sip, and …

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Springer Mountain

Aiming therefore at such great things, remember that you must not allow yourself any inclination, however slight, towards the attainment of others; but that you must entirely quit some of them, and for the present postpone the rest. But if you would have these, and possess power and wealth likewise, you may miss the latter …

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Hiking Texas Trails

Here is a report from all the hikes I’ve made in Texas. Hikes near Austin: Barton Creek Trail(s) – This trail, or collection of trails, is also called the greenbelt. Since it is accessible from Zilker Park and other locations in South Austin it is quite a busy trail. Popular with hikers and bikers alike. …

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Graphical Representation of Lutheran Soteriology and (lacking) Theodicy

Soteriology:Theodicy: This first graph is the Lutheran view of soteriology (as it has taken me years to pry out of them).  They believe there are three major soteriological teachings of Scripture (“Christ died for all”, “Not all will be saved”, and “Salvation is a work of God Alone”) and that we should not try to …

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On Literal Interpretation of the Bible, Part 2

Genre Analysis In “Hermeneutics, Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation” by Henry A. Virkler (not to be confused with the Fonz, Henry Winkler) we read the following regarding genre analysis or literary form: “For purposes of our analysis at this point, it is sufficient to speak of three general literary forms – prose, poetry, and …

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