Blog Archives

Happy Thanksgiving from Rockmont!

And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, “God scatters abroad, and gives to the poor; God’s righteousness endures.” II Cor. 9:8-9 Many Rockmont celebrations have begun with these simple words: […]

Winning Redefined: Will’s Story

“Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you… So, the last will be first, and the first last.” Matthew 20:14, 16 We place an incredibly high value on winning in our culture. This manifests most obviously in our sports world. Every year dozens of sports […]

Loved, Welcomed, Cared For, and Valued!

When you watch the camp video on our website, you hear – at the very end – Mark Ragland say these words: “There’s no place that I feel more loved and welcomed and cared for and valued than here at Camp Rockmont.” Powerful words! And from a Rockmonter who has been loved well in so […]

Disc Golf and the Kingdom of God

“For the kingdom of God is . . . justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17 Jesus talked a lot about something he called “the kingdom of God.” He preached about the coming of the kingdom, taught us to pray for it to become real “on earth as it is in […]

“Now We Walk”: A Mountain Camper’s Story

“If Jesus can heal the paralyzed man, why is anybody ever paralyzed?” That was the question I heard the first Wednesday of last session. Our devotional reading was Matthew 9:1-8. The question was specific to the biblical story, but the underlying thought is one that creeps into our hearts, especially at the teenage years; “If […]

Growing Through Adversity: A Disc Golf Story

In the summer of 2012, Jack stepped onto the Rockmont property on opening Sunday as a veteran, a returner. A sense of knowledge, of comfort, and of pride coursed through his veins that morning as he unpacked his belongings in the spacious and upstairs Cabin 12- the top of Thunderbird Lodge. As I bent down […]

Solid Ground: Finding A Place to Stand

“Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the world." —Archimedes “Archimedes (c. 287–c. 212 BC), a Greek philosopher and mathematician, noticed that if a lever was balanced in the correct place, on the correct fulcrum, it could move proportionally much greater weight than the force applied. Archimedes imagined a […]

The Holiness of Hospitality: An Opening Day Reflection

I met Will just this morning in the parking field. He smiled from the backseat as I approached his family’s car to give them directions for unloading luggage. “Welcome to Rockmont,” I said. “Or should I say, ‘Welcome back?’” “It’s ‘Welcome back,’” he replied with that same inviting and eager smile. “I’ve been here three […]

Divine Interruptions

I would like to reclaim the concept of interruptions. Historically, they’ve been this unfortunate occurrence that disturbs my path to getting everything done just right and on time. I am on course to accomplish the busy planning I think my life needs and then, suddenly, a lapse in the way things should have gone. That’s […]