James

About James Evans

I am an adventurer, backpacker, paddler, climber, former college teacher, published writer, leadership developer, nonprofit leader, marathon runner, wilderness wanderer, entrepreneur, mentor, follower of Jesus Christ, persistent husband and father, and an Eagle Scout.

I Need Benchmark More Than Benchmark Needs Me

A Guest Post By Jessica Folsom (pictured above in red jacket) On a scale of 1-10, I’d like to pride myself on being an eight when it comes to being fiercely independent.  If I can figure out a way of accomplishing a task without asking anyone for help, I’ll do it.  However, the older I’ve become, experience has taught me [...]

By |February 12th, 2015|1 Comment

Post Christmas Prayer

On the cusp of our Christmas celebration, will you oh God, make yourself known in the middle of violence, anger, injustice, military involvement, corporate misdealing, political messes, materialism and narcissism, just as you did when Christ came. Quietly. Purposefully. At just the right time. Would you do something else amazing and help people to see Christ in me, in spite [...]

By |December 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Still in Tension

Twenty years ago, just after daylight on a pleasant October morning, I stepped off with great anticipation and 72 miles ahead of me.  My wife and 9-month old son drove away.  The goal was to backpack the Sheltowee Trace from Pickett State Park, TN to Cumberland Falls State Park, KY in 3 days. A few kind people sponsored that hike [...]

By |November 6th, 2014|2 Comments

The Value of A Known Point

When I’m leading a team building group, I may say, “Now we’re going to do the hard part."  I get looks like they're pretty sure they've just done the hard part. And then I say, "We’re going to think about what we’ve done.  And since we’re good Americans, we don't do that very often.  We more often move from one [...]

By |September 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Take a Hike – Serve a Soldier

The ALS ice bucket challenge has been amazing to watch and in most cases…fun.  I hope that all those dollars will be so very beneficial to find a cure.  But I wonder if part of the benefit to those individuals and families enduring ALS is that we are paying attention for just a little while and sharing their life even [...]

By |August 27th, 2014|0 Comments

Steward

A couple of weeks ago my friend Kinley Winchester began his +/-30 hour trip to Erbil, Iraq, back to his family, as they continue living out their life in Christ in the predominately Islamic region of Kurdistan.  They have lived there for 3½ of the last 4 years connected to the Classical School of the Medes and Servant Group International. [...]

By |August 16th, 2014|0 Comments